Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt tackles Jauan Jennings issue out of the gate

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Pruitt's defense allowed an 80-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter but otherwise shut down Georgia's potent offense after halftime in Alabama's 26-23 overtime victory Monday, marking the fifth time he's been associated with a national championship team.

He ended his tenure with the Crimson Tide on Monday the right way, capturing yet another national title in thrilling fashion over Georgia.

"You know what? Those guys, they've recovered pretty well", Pruitt said.

"From my standpoint i know Jauan has reached out to Coach Fulmer and I know they met, and I actually reached out to him because I felt like with him talking to Coach Fulmer I should do that", Pruitt said at his Wednesday press conference in Knoxville. "So basically when I had time for my recruiting time, I recruited for Tennessee or I worked with the guys here for possibly interviewing guys, setting up interviews and moving forward".

"Now mix in a signing date while you're practicing at another place, that's unfathomable and I think he's done a tremendous job of that and he's done it the right way, which that's what we do as coaches". And Pruitt's still trying to round out a coaching staff at Tennessee, all while preparing for one of the biggest games of his life. "I went to school at Alabama, I've coached there for eight years and I have a lot of friends there".

Somehow, he's managed, doing some Tennessee work whenever he has a free moment. Glenn Beil/Tallahassee Democrat, Glenn Beil Alabama Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt during the game against Fresno State Bulldogs at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Sep 9, 2017. This platform, this turf, is nothing new. Because the two know each other so well, they each understand their own expectations for the job Pruitt would do during this time. They point to the track record of Crimson Tide assistants. Associated Press Jacobbi McDaniel and coach Jeremy Pruitt celebrate an early defensive stop as Florida State hosts the 25th ranked Maryland Terrapins on Saturday Oct., 5, 2013. "Every coach that's been through here has had success". "I don't think you can put no timetable on it". Despite only being hired on December 7 and splitting time between Knoxville and Tuscaloosa ever since, Pruitt and his staff added 13 signees for the Volunteers. He's going to be a great recruiter.

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"That's one thing I can say", said Sanders, who shares the Georgia's career interception mark with 16.

There's one area those assistants haven't succeeded: beating Saban.

So once he landed in Knoxville on December 7, 2017, to be introduced as this storied program's 26th head coach, Pruitt didn't find time for a nap until after he had welcomed in Tennessee's first group of official visitors and continued his work inside the Anderson Training Center well into Saturday morning.

So, Pruitt earned his championship ring, but now he's off to Tennessee.

ATLANTA | Some of Georgia's key cogs in its secondary may not be in the position to play for a national championship if Jeremy Pruitt didn't see something in them.