After a long, hard road, the University of Tennessee announced the hiring of Jeremy Pruitt as the institution's head football coach. Just who is Jeremy Pruitt?
Jeremy Pruitt, 43 years-old, has been the offensive coordinator at the University of Alabama for the past two seasons. Prior to Alabama, he was the defensive coordinator at Georgia from 2014-15. In 2014 he served as the defensive coordinator at Florida State. From 2007-2012 coached the defensive secondary at Alabama. In addition to the aforementioned coaching stints, Pruitt also coached at West Alabama (1999) and at Alabama as a Graduate Assistant (1997). Additionally, Pruitt held several assistant coaching positions at high schools including the powerhouse Hoover program south of Birmingham.
Pruitt was a 2013 finalist for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation's top college football assistant coach, and was again a finalist in 2016.
Pruitt's 2017 Alabama defense is currently ranked second in the nation in average yards allowed game (257.8 ypg).
The Rainsville, Alabama native played his college ball at Middle Tennessee State (1993–1994) as a defensive back before transferring to Alabama. Rainsville is located in Northern Alabama, about 45 miles southeast of Huntsville and about 170 miles southwest of Knoxville.
Pruitt has never served as a head coach but certainly has coached or played under some successful head coaches including Boots Donnelly at Middle Tennessee, Gene Stallings (Alabama), Mark Richt (Georgia & Miami (Fla.)), Nick Saban (Toledo, Michigan State, LSU & Alabama), and Rush Propst (Hoover HS, Colquitt County HS, GA).
Although Pruitt has yet to serve as a head coach in a game, he certainly brings some exciting experience and credentials to the University of Tennessee.