You can point to a lot of reasons as to why the Florida State Seminoles were so dominant this season en route to an appearance in the BCS National Championship Game against the Auburn Tigers. Generally, the mainstream media will point to the play of the offense, led by 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston.
While the offense has indeed more than done their part in this journey, what should not be overlooked is how dominant the Florida State defense has been, and that all starts with first-year defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.
When Mark Stoops left after last season, head coach Jimbo Fisher hired Pruitt from the Alabama Crimson Tide. This hire was made in the hopes that Pruitt would instill the same dominance into this young FSU defensive unit that Alabama has shown in their recent impressive run.
Pruitt has done just that, and Jimbo Fisher apparently had no doubts that he would:
“I always felt Jeremy was ready,” Fisher said. “I knew it when I interviewed him. He’s got great knowledge.”
This season, Florida State has perfected some very complex blitzing schemes and coverages that have left opposing offenses scratching their heads and picking grass out of their facemasks.
Fisher has some good intuition.