The seat in the Georgia football complex that once belonged to Todd Grantham never got a chance to cool. According to reports, the Bulldogs have already settled on Florida State’s Jeremy Pruitt to take over as UGA defensive coordinator.
Pruitt served in the same role at FSU where he helped lead the Seminoles to a national title last week.
Based on the word of “multiple sources,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Pruitt has accepted the job. Consider it a major coup for Mark Richt, himself a former Florida State offensive coordinator.
Todd Grantham resigned as UGA’s D-coordinator on Sunday and joined Bobby Petrino’s new staff at Louisville in the same position. To replace him in two days with Pruitt will be viewed as a win by Bulldogs fans.
Last season, Pruitt’s Seminoles ranked #1 nationally in scoring defense, #18 in rushing defense, #1 in passing defense, and #3 in total defense. For comparison, Grantham’s young Georgia D ranked 45th nationally in total defense and 79th in scoring defense. The Dawgs allowed 29.0 points per game. The Noles yielded just 12.1.
In addition, Pruitt was named 247Sports.com’s “National Recruiter of the Year” in 2012. For the icing on the cake, he also knows the SEC as a former Alabama player and as Nick Saban’s secondary coach from 2010 through 2012.
Hiring a “name” coordinator from the defending national champs is no guarantee of success. We’ll still have to wait until fall to see how all of this plays out for the Bulldogs. What this move does do, however, is guarantee Richt a much more peaceful spring and summer leading up to fall.