Bobo on why Georgia fans shouldn't panic about defense

semerson@macon.comMay 14, 2014 

Mike Bobo has been Georgia's main play-caller on offense since 2007.

ASHLEY STRICKLAND — UGA

TIFTON - Mike Bobo coaches Georgia's offense, not the defense. But when a concerned fan asked about the state of the defense, specifically the secondary, Bobo jumped in with a pep talk.

That included something Bobo heard new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt say: "We're gonna be a hell of a defense."

In the past week, Georgia has seen cornerback Shaq Wiggins transfer and Brendan Langley move from cornerback to receiver. That came a couple months after safety Josh Harvey-Clemons was dismissed from the team.

But Bobo, from his vantage point, thinks Pruitt will make do.

"I'm gonna tell you this about Jeremy Pruitt: He's a great football coach in the fundamentals that are gonna make the difference in making a play and not making a play," Bobo said, speaking at a UGA Day in Tifton. "Obviously sometimes you see a guy moving to offense, you see a guy transferring, you wonder: What are we gonna do?

"But I heard him talking to a guy the other night: 'We're gonna get the five or six that are gonna do it our way, and the way I want it done, and we're gonna be a hell of a defense. And that came out of his mouth. And I feel confident he's gonna get it done and get those guys ready to play."

Pruitt's plan probably also include some incoming freshmen, such as one Bobo visited on Wednesday: Malkom Parrish, the four-star prospect from Brooks County High School.

"I was telling him: You better get ready to play," Bobo said. "(Pruitt's) not afraid to play young guys. Last year at Florida State they lost nine guys off their defense when he took it over. So he played nine new players, they finished No. 1 in the country and started three freshmen in the secondary. So some of the things he did last year he's gearing up to do this year."

Bobo and Pruitt have quickly formed a tight relationship. They were on the phone about a recruit right before Wednesday's event. Head coach Mark Richt has said he's noticed a good rapport among his assistants, including the four new defensive assistants.

"We've had a lot of fun this spring," Bobo said. "Four new coaches on the defensive side of the football. Nobody's changed on the offense since we hired Will Friend four years ago now. Those guys have had some late nights at the office installing the defense. We've been able to go home a little bit earlier.

"But it's a good group of guys that know how to coach, they do a great job with effort out there, created a little excitement this spring."

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