Georgia Picks Up Pruitt's Buyout

ATHENS – Georgia picked up the tab for the buyout in Jeremy Pruitt's Florida State contract when it landed the national championship-winning defensive coordinator in January.

The school made a one-time lump sum payout of $81,499.59 to Pruitt to cover his buyout and taxes, according to Georgia executive associate athletic director Frank Crumley.

That payment is detailed in Pruitt's three-year contract worth $850,000 per year, which was obtained by the Athens Banner-Herald in an open records request.

Pruitt has now signed his contract. Georgia previously had released the draft of a four-page memorandum of understanding with Pruitt.

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo also has signed the amendment to his contract worth $575,000 per year, which extends his deal with Georgia one year through Dec. 31, 2016 or any bowl game played in January 2017. Pruitt is under contract for the same length of time.

The terms Pruitt and Georgia agreed to were previously reported.

He has a buyout of $125,000 if he were to resign in 2014, $100,000 in 2015 and $50,000 in 2016.

There would be no buyout if Pruitt were to leave for an NFL or FBS head coaching job or an NFL defensive coordinator position. That's the same as former Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham had in his contract.

Room for improvement for Drew

Ray Drew had a unique perspective when it comes to coaches dropping him out of the starting defensive line after posting a career-high six sacks last season.

"It's about like making Kool-Aid growing up," Drew said. "You've got to figure out which one tastes better, one with four scoops of sugar or one with five scoops. You've got to see what makes best with what and who plays best with whom, especially with the new staff coming in."

Drew said he worked with the second and third team in Saturday's first spring scrimmage and did not get any first-team work.

Asked about Drew's spring, coach Mark Richt said after the scrimmage that the senior has "done all right. He's been banged up a little bit. I would say he's not been kicking tail right now. I think he's got a lot of improvement to do."

Drew at least put up good numbers Saturday. He was credited with three tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack.

"Up until we kick off against Clemson," Drew said, "I don't think anybody's secure in a job or set."

Rough day for backup quarterbacks

The No. 2 quarterback job behind Hutson Mason didn't appear to get any clearer after Saturday.

Redshirt sophomore Faton Bauta completed 2 of 11 passes for 20 yards with an interception. Redshirt freshman Brice Ramsey was also 2 of 11 for 41 yards.

"They are fighting for No. 2 in my opinion right now," Richt said. "Faton and Brice are battling it out."

Early enrollee Jacob Park was 1 of 7 for 11 yards.

"There were some nice throws made by some of the young guys," Richt said. "Just a lot of dropped balls and it seemed like in key situations to keep drives going."

Richt said wide receivers, fullbacks and tight ends all had drops.

The No. 1 offense went against the No. 1 defense.

Receiver Chris Conley said that some of the backup quarterbacks got first-team reps with him.

He was impressed with Ramsey's "cannon" of an arm, and that the mobile Bauta wanted to play in a regular jersey and have contact.

This and that

Greg Pyke and Zach DeBell were the starting offensive guards on Saturday. DeBell, a 6-foot-6, 273-pound redshirt junior, played in one game last season, but Richt said he did well. "When a guy goes right down the middle of him, its kind of tough on him at times," Richt said. "When you've got to pull and get out in front of a screen pass or pass protect, people trying to edge rush him, he does very well."

Richt said the defense "pretty much dominated" third-and-long situations Saturday while the offense went 4 of 4 in goal-line work.

Georgia's new defensive coaches experienced their first scrimmage in Sanford Stadium. "We saw a little different side of the coaches," Drew said.

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