For me, the most remarkable moment from the opening of preseason practice was the media asking Jeremy Pruitt how much he is The Guy. Pruitt, to his credit, deflected the underlying premise nicely.
After one season as Georgia’s defensive coordinator, Jeremy Pruitt’s presence has been felt.
The defense improved over the course of the 2014 season and has high expectations entering year two. A few hires with ties to Pruitt were made following his own addition — including inside linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer and strength and conditioning coordinator Mark Hocke — would signal some additional influence he’s allowed to have on this program.
When asked about it, however, Pruitt said he hasn’t been handed any more control than a defensive coordinator may typically have.
“We’ve got one boss around here and that’s coach (Mark) Richt,” Pruitt said. “As a head coach, your assistants kind of help make who you are. When you sit in a room and you start saying who are some names, who are some guys we can bring up.”
There’s a whiff in that exchange of that same uneasy smell I got from the Belk Bowl presser when Richt was asked if he was aware of the rumors that his job was in immediate jeopardy. (Not that it’s Pruitt’s fault.)
I don’t know that this is a case of perception is reality… I kind of doubt it. But in any event, perception is weird.