TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (al.com) - Jeremy Pruitt's defensive philosophies might not differ much from Kirby Smart's but his approach in working with players has already been different this spring.
Pruitt, who has taken over for Smart as Alabama's first new defensive coordinator in nearly a decade, has quickly earned a reputation as a players' coach this spring in working with Alabama's defense. Pruitt has the benefit of already knowing players on the roster from either his previous tenure as secondary coach at Alabama or from the recruiting process during recent stops at Florida State and Georgia. He had spent the last two seasons as Georgia's defensive coordinator and was well-liked by his players.
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