Pruitt Gets Second Shot at Auburn

ATHENS - So they meet again. Jeremy Pruitt was the defensive coordinator in Florida State’s 34-31 win against Auburn in the BCS national title game on Jan, 6, 2014.

His defense held Auburn to 449 yards of total offense, 232 rushing and 217 passing, Auburn averaged 501.3 yards per game last season.

“There’s some familiarity and I don’t think there’s been a whole lot of change schematically from what Auburn’s doing from last year to this year,” Richt said. “It gets you started, but you still have to line up and defend it and that’s a tough thing to do.”

Pruitt and other Georgia coaches have not been made available to the media this week.

Pruitt talked before last season’s championship game against Auburn.

“They're going to get ball carriers out in space,” Pruitt said. “You've got to be able to get lined up.  These guys go extremely fast.  You can watch Coach (Gus) Malzahn over the years, wherever he's been, goes really fast.  Seems like he gets teams discombobulated a little bit.  You've got to keep them cut off.  You've got to eliminate the explosive plays in the pass game, and you've got to create some turnovers.  They're going to make some plays.  Once they get down to the red area you've got to make them earn it, try to hold them to field goals. “

Richt isn’t sure how much Pruitt having gone up against Auburn will help Saturday.

“Well, we’re going to find out, aren’t we?” he said. “It’s going to come down to how we tackle and how we play our gaps properly and how we are disciplined in the things that we do. Those are the things that are going to matter the most.”

Said cornerback Damian Swann: “The Florida State tape ain’t got nothing to do with it. We believe in our coach. Our coach believes in us. As long as we’ve got that connection…we’ll be fine.”

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