Chris Stephens

Jeremy Pruitt A Great Hire For Georgia's Defense

Created on Jan. 14, 2014 8:39 PM EST

In the past week, Georgia football fans have gone from worrying about their team's defense to celebrating it with the announcement that Florida State defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt has accepted the same position with the Bulldogs.

It's a hire that gets an A-plus for Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt.

Throughout the 2013 season and into 2014, Georgia fans had voiced their displeasure with former defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. One of the higher-paid assistant coaches in the country, Grantham struggled to put a good defense on the field for Georgia. Whether he had stars like Alec Ogletree and Jarvis Jones in 2012, or all of the young players he had in 2013, Grantham's defenses continually struggled to stop opponents.

When Richt confirmed on Sunday that Grantham was leaving Georgia to join Bobby Petrino's staff at Louisville, Georgia fans expressed happiness as they have reason to hope a new coordinator will provide better results.

With the announcement that Pruitt is now in charge of the Georgia defense, Bulldogs fans have raised expectations for next season, especially considering what Pruitt did with the FSU defense in its run to the national title this season.

Here's how Florida State's defense compared to that of Georgia's in 2013:

Florida State Category Georgia
12.1 Scoring Defense 29.0
156.6 Pass Defense 227.4
124.8 Rush Defense 148.2
35 Turnovers Gained 15
.322 Third-Down Conversion % .399

There's really no comparison between the two defenses.

Pruitt came in and helped the Seminoles defense become one of the best in the country in one year. The big question now is if Pruitt can do the same at Georgia.

Prior to the 2013 season at Florida State, Pruitt was the defensive backs coach at Alabama from 2010-12, coaching secondaries that were among the best in the nation each season. His expertise in the secondary is great news for the Bulldogs because that was one of their weakest areas last season.

It remains to be seen whether Pruitt's move to Athens, Ga., will sway recruits to play for Georgia, but an even bigger question is if Pruitt's move means some Florida State commits will now flip to join Pruitt and the Bulldogs.

Regardless of what happens regarding Georgia's incoming recruits, Pruitt's appearance in Athens means great things for the Bulldogs.

Will it be enough to get them over the hump? Only time will tell.

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