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.