Georgia Football: Five Ingredients Can Make the 2015 Dawg Defense SEC’s Best

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Sep 20, 2014; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt coaches against the Troy Trojans during the second half at Sanford Stadium. Georgia defeated Troy 66-0. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

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The 2015 season is year two for the Georgia defense with Jeremy Pruitt and the Bulldogs know what they are  supposed to do and Jeremy Pruitt knows his players and what they can do. Such was not fully the case in 2014.

Pruitt explained the year two effect to Chip Towers of “I’ve sat in meetings here the last few days and we’re really a lot further ahead than we were this time last year.”

“This time last year, the freshmen were getting here the first day and our older guys didn’t really understand what we were trying to get accomplished exactly either,” Pruitt continued to Towers. “But they learned it and that helped create a standard around here and it’s kind of followed through with the guys are coming back (this year). Our older guys have done a really good job this summer teaching the younger guys.

During the year one get-to-know you period, Pruitt had to sell his philosophy and concepts to the Georgia players. In year two, that chore is behind him

“He’s done that and so much more,” senior outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins told Towers. “He’s developed us a lot as young men, on the field and off the field. He’s really helped me a lot with coverages and other things I’ve had trouble with in the past.”

And then there is this from Jenkins. “ He’s knows how to find how a player needs to be coached and finds ways to best implement him.”

Pruitt knows how, and now he knows his players and they trust him.

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