Georgia’s New Defensive Coordinator Jeremy Pruitt – Thoughts

jeremy_pruitt_ugaJeremy Pruitt Brings Instant Credibility
Dating back to 2012, Jeremy Pruitt has been a member of the national championship winning coaching staff for three-straight seasons.  Among the challenges facing Georgia’s new defensive coordinator is fixing a UGA secondary that gave up a lot of yards in 2013. Pruitt’s experience as the defensive backs coach at Alabama and Florida State should serve Bulldog Nation well.

The Hire of Jeremy Pruitt Helps Boost Morale
While there were probably not many tears shed when Todd Grantham decided to head to Louisville, his departure left Georgia with a hole to fill.  Jeremy Pruitt’s past success indicates he can improve the young Georgia defense in a hurry.  In 2013, Pruitt’s FSU defense held the Clemson Tigers to 14 points in “Death Valley”.

Georgia has Some Pieces in Place
One of the most appealing aspects of the Pruitt hire is his experience in a 3-4 defensive scheme very similar to UGA’s previous defensive coordinator.  Georgia’s defense is far from broken.  Rather, the Dawgs have areas which require a tune-up.   Linebacker Amarlo Herrera is probably the most consistent player in the unit, and he will continue to get better.

Leonard Floyd was a difference maker rushing the passer from the linebacker position last season, and Jordan Jenkins continues to show flashes of brilliance playing outside linebacker. The Dawgs are ready to go up front, but the defensive backfield has lingering questions.

Dawgs Reloading, not Rebuilding
The excitement surrounding the hire of Jeremy Pruitt is refreshing, though it will be up to the players to execute on the field.   UGA last won the Southeastern Conference in 2005, but the Dawgs are consistent contenders for the SEC title.  The University of Georgia is among the winningest football programs in the country, so it is nice to see Mark Richt and Greg McGarity reloading as opposed to picking up pieces.

Farewell to Todd Grantham
It is impossible for me to root for a football team coached by Bobby Petrino.  Even so, best wishes to Todd Grantham in his efforts at the University of Louisville.  He spent every offseason in Athens job hunting, so I hope he is happy in his new home.  Bulldog Nation is certainly pleased with his replacement.   Does anybody know if Todd Grantham likes motorcycles?

National Signing Day 2012 – Georgia lands #1 OLB Josh Harvey-Clemons

The Georgia Bulldogs kicked off national signing day 2012 with a bang. Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting that top rated outside linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons has decided to play football for the University of Georgia. In an interview which aired on ESPNU, Georgia head coach Mark Richt said that he thought Harvey-Clemons had “fallen in love” with the Georgia program. Richt did not feel that his recent trip to the Clemons’ family’s co-owned bail bondsman’s service in Valdosta played a significant role in Josh’s decision to play college football in Athens.

The Georgia Bulldogs currently have the number five ranked recruiting class in the country according to ESPNU. The Dawgs have six players rated in the ESPNU top 150. Georgia commits featured on that list include: Keith Marshall, the number two overall running back, along with the previously mentioned Josh Harvey Clemons, as well as John Theus, the fifth ranked offensive tackle. Rounding out the list are the number six rated defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor, the eighth ranked defensive end Jordan Jenkins, and the #11 rated defensive tackle John Atkins.

The 2012 UGA recruiting class will join an already loaded Bulldog team that is returning 15 starters. Georgia welcomes back nine defensive standouts from one of the nation’s best defenses, coupled with six returning contributors on the offensive side. Mark Richt and his staff must guide Bulldog Nation through a productive off-season to ensure that the Georgia Bulldogs have plenty of bite this fall.

National signing day can be an exciting time for college football fans everywhere. However, it is important to remember that these recruits are 17 and 18 year old kids who are being placed under a mass media microscope. As a result, they need to be given time to mature and adjust to expectations at the college level. These brand new Bulldogs will make their way between the hedges with high hopes. Now that they are apart of Bulldog Nation, they must do all that they can to be good Dawgs on and off of the football field.