It’s been the topic of discussion over the last several years. Despite having elite players, UGA’s defense has been one of the conference’s biggest underachieving units. Exit Todd Grantham and enter Jeremy Pruitt and the scene looks much different, as does the optimism.
Over the course of the last week, UGA has seen cornerback Shaq Wiggins transfer and defensive back Brendan Langley switch over to offense. Let’s also not forget about Josh Harvey-Clemons’ dismissal, as he was the defense’s biggest talent last year. All three players saw time in last year’s average secondary, and three won’t be in the backend this season.
So, when a concerned fan at UGA Day in Tifton asked offensive coordinator Mike Bobo if there should be concern for the Bulldogs’ secondary, naturally Bobo had a message for all the doubters and unbelievers.
“I’m gonna tell you this about Jeremy Pruitt: He’s a great football coach in the fundamentals that are gonna make the difference in making a play and not making a play,” Bobo said. “Obviously sometimes you see a guy moving to offense, you see a guy transferring, you wonder: What are we gonna do?
“But I heard him talking to a guy the other night: ‘We’re gonna get the five or six that are gonna do it our way, and the way I want it done, and we’re gonna be a hell of a defense. And that came out of his mouth. And I feel confident he’s gonna get it done and get those guys ready to play.”
Pruitt led FSU to have the country’s top defensive unit, and the secondary is his specialty. You what will help the secondary most? Having pass rushers Leonard Floyd and Jordan Jenkins wreaking havoc in backfields.
UGA’s front seven is primarily loaded with big, physical athletes who should work well in Pruitt’s hybrid scheme, which isn’t too different from Grantham’s attack. But the key to it all will be finding the key components in the secondary to make aggressive coverage destroy opponents’ passing attacks.
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