Taking the Blame

ATHENS - Georgia coordinator took the blame for some “bad calls” in the South Carolina game Saturday.

Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt said there were 10 to 15 plays in the 38-35 loss that his players were at a disadvantage because of his doing.

 “I put them in a situation where they didn’t have a chance to be successful and that’s my fault,” Pruitt said. “I’ve got to do a better job of that.”

South Carolina put up 447 yards of total offense, passing for 271 yards and rushing for 176.

“You sit there and you look at what our offense did to keep us in that football game drive after drive, it was phenomenal on their part,” Pruitt said. “If you score 35 points and we don’t win, then we’re not doing our job.”

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier won his 201st SEC game Saturday. Pruitt is in his first year at Georgia and second as a defensive coordinator after winning the national title at Florida State last year.

“He knows when he gets a look, he knows what he wants to do with the ball,” Pruitt said. “He does a nice job mixing up the run and pass. The one thing everybody overlooks is how physical his team’s always are. They are extremely physical. He does a nice job knowing who his playmakers are and knowing when and how and where to get them ball during the course of a game.”

Pruitt said lessons can be learned from losses.

“Sometimes you have to have to kind of have your nose rubbed in it a little bit to get the picture,” Pruitt said. “Maybe we’ll execute a little higher level, maybe I’ll call a little better game.”


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