Bobo blames Pruitt.

Their coaching paths only crossed for one year, but in that time it sounds like Jeremy Pruitt left a strong impression on Mike Bobo.

Of course, Bobo still has fond memories of Richt, who hired Bobo as the Bulldogs’ quarterbacks coach in 2001 before promoting him to offensive coordinator in 2007. Bobo still speaks to his former boss, and he built the Rams’ meeting structure around Richt’s plan.

But the Rams’ practice schedule is built on the model that arrived in Athens with defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, who developed a practice model based on his experience working under Nick Saban at Alabama.

“When Pruitt came in at Georgia last year, we changed our practice schedule, and I liked it,” Bobo said. “I thought our linemen got better because of the number of reps they had. For the receivers, we had to watch them a little bit at that volume of practice, but there are different things you take from different folks. At the end of the day, I‘ll do what I think will give us the best chance to be successful.”

Outside of the quarterback situation, I’ve heard more talk this offseason about Pruitt’s influence on the program than any other subject related to Georgia football.  I couldn’t quantify it in any exact sense, but it’s pretty clear it’s not inconsequential.

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  1. Rick Dawg

    I hope our next head coach is our current defensive co-ordinator. That’s after we win a couple of Nat Champ’s in the next 4 years! Go Dawgs!

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    • Dawg Vegas

      At this point, me too

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    • lets worry about the next head coach when we get there …. Who knows who will be the best fit when that comes and lets pray we dont start running the spread when that happens

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      • Saxondawg

        I can remember people calling for Grantham as a head coach in waiting. I don’t think people understand that a great coordinator isn’t necessarily a great CEO for a program. Pruitt is a revelation for us, but he’s just a few years out of high school coaching. Needs time, seasoning, and we need to see how he does as a team player (staff wise) over time. He hasn’t been in one place for long yet. As for HCIW, the NCAA changed its rules so that if one is designated, he’s limited in his off-campus recruiting. This is why you don’t hear of those lately.

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  2. Watcher16

    Head coach in waiting

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  3. JCDAWG83

    I like what I’ve seen of Pruitt so far, but I think I’ll wait more than a year and a half before I decided he’s the guy I want as the next head coach. Keep in mind, we’re talking about a man with 2 years defensive coordinator experience, I’d like a little more experience before I pick him as the next head coach. Another season of getting run over by opponents rushing attacks and the shine might be off of Pruitt a little bit. He did a great job with the secondary last season, I hope he does a similar job with the defensive line this season. He’s been great for recruiting, his enthusiasm is obvious, hopefully he can keep it up.

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    • Biggity Ben

      I don’t disagree with your assessment, but I would argue it’s the power running attacks that we struggled with. Auburn, I believe, was the number one rushing attack in the SEC last year and we did a pretty good job against them. He seems to stop spreads better than smash mouth teams. That said, I have not looked up any data to support that (nor will I) but I have rewatched every game from last year and that was the trend I noticed.

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      • JCDAWG83

        Power running was the problem, really any running between the tackles. I wonder if he thought he was still in the ACC, where they are more spread type offense oriented and that’s why he focused on getting the players leaner? I don’t know, I hope he gets it corrected this year. I can promise you Bama is going to run right at us.

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  4. Granthams replacement

    I wonder how much tackling to the ground during practice has increased with Pruitt’s influence?

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    • GaBoi 3000

      Good question Grantham. I recall a journalist back in 2008 saying that he thought UGA was truly the number 1 team before the season started until he seen them practice. Looking back at the results of that season, he was right. Anyone recall the results of the blackout game against Bama and the nerds that year? The way a team prepares makes a world of difference. I wonder what are Bobo’s thoughts on Grantham and Martinez.

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  5. sectionzalum

    if south carolina had an ounce of sense they would tell Visor they had a gold watch ready for him and hire Pruitt.

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    • @gatriguy

      That makes my stomach churn a little, but I don’t think Pruitt would go there. His experience has been at schools with huge built-in advantages. The shithole in Columbia has none.

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  6. UGA85

    Pruitt has changed a lot of things at UGA. His history of being a part of championship programs gave him instant credibility and trust, as it probably should have. Many people at UGA are hungry for a championship, and Pruitt has the experience to get it done. We need to keep pushing and changing to get past where we’ve been.

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    • Olddawg 55

      I don’t think Pruitt’s strengths were lost on Richt when he hired him away from FSU. CMR has put together a staff that come together to forge a team that is capable of winning a NC for Georgia. They have the coaches, they have the talent, they have the desire…now just do it!!

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  7. Scorpio Jones, III

    Sorry, but I find it a little early to crown Jeremy Pruitt. He’s had what? Two years as a coordinator. Has he had an impact at Georgia, absolutely. I’m sure that’s a shock to the guy who hired him.

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  8. dudemankind

    Richt has been coaching for how long and yet needed this relative newcomer Pruitt to show him how to get the most out of a practice? Ok.

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    • AthensHomerDawg

      Shit xerox and HP and IBM and …need how many years for Jobs to show up and reintroduce GUI.
      Seriously. .. I’m amazed by this backward ass, Richt poor mouthing shots. It’s not like your gonna bring any CPR to jorts and hominy. Let it go.

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      • dudemankind

        Thanks for that insightful rant! Pshhaw

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        • AthensHomerDawg

          LOL. Insightful yes. Probably not very gentle. Next time I will endeavor to phrase it in such a manner as to not leave a mark on sensitive skin. Glad to see CMR absorbing new ideas and methodologies from a younger coaching culture and then putting them into action. Progress.

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  9. Rick Dawg

    After 7 days at the beach with 7 grand children at my age I’m allowed to dream out loud! That’s what I’d love to see happen!

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  10. 69Dawg

    My understanding is that CJP suggested that having a lot of your players standing around looking at other players run plays was a waste of time. Radical concept and one I’m sure he learned from Lil’ Nicki.

    The thing that confused me about last year was the way we played against a power running team, Arkansas but got taken to the woodshed by UF. You don’t see a bigger OL and more power than Arkansas. UF ran around us more than through us. Yet we stopped Auburn from running. The UF game was the usual face plant that we all know and hate. GT got yards but we just had too many fumbles. Hey I guess you can’t always beat GT.

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    • GaBoi 3000

      The team actually had the tech game won but……………………

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      • Cosmic Dawg

        That’s right – CMR didn’t coach until the last 5 minutes or so…except when he told our tailbacks to fumble. Wonder how he keeps his job.

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        • GaBoi 3000

          That’s right- Richt only gets credit for the wins and its all the players fault when they lose ………….SMH

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  11. AusDawg85

    We hated Bobo at first, then loved him. We loved Grantham at first, then hated him. We love Pruitt at first…

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