Sep 14, 2013; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles mascot Chief Osceola during the first half of the game at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher on DC Jeremy Pruitt: ‘I always felt he was ready’

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.



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  • tomsmithdeal

    I will always remember the Boston College game….that was his trial by fire. We got burned not once but twice by the same play and I was screaming at the TV…..”you idiot”……then he identified the problem and fixed it….I was very impressed by how he grew into a man during that game…..after that one, the rest were relatively easy and totally dominated the rest of the schedule. Very quick learner. Now…..figure out how Marshall and Mason get to the holes and fill them….if he can slow them down, we will bury them. The key to the game is not Jameis Winston but Jeremy Pruitt.