Speaking of Pruitt, it’s starting to sound like as much of his defensive philosophy was formulated at Hoover High as at Tuscaloosa.
“For the most part, the basis of it was a carbon copy,” said Sherrer, who was Pruitt’s first hire at Georgia and will coach the `Sam’ linebackers and the `Star’ nickel back position. “I know he did some things that we did at Hoover High School (in Alabama). We did a little bit of that at South Alabama, but the terminology, the scheme, the coverages, the pressures, all of those type of things are exactly the same things.”
Things? What things?
You can get in three downs, you can get in four downs. You’re going to match personnel with the offense. You’re going to have five defensive backs on the field, you’re going to have six defensive backs on the field. You’re going to get in some packages where you may have two d-lineman and three or four linebackers on third down and things like that where you can create pressure and that’s why he likes to recruit the guys that can play multiple positions. You can have a guy who can play inside backer, they can play not really a D-end but an outside rush guy on third down, things like that but they can also drop back and cover and run with the wide receivers and things.”
To catch an offensive coordinator who honed his scheme in high school, maybe you need a defensive coordinator who did much the same.
One thing you can say about Richt – he sure is flexible when it comes to his defensive coordinators’ backgrounds.