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Monday, December 17, 2012
Source: Jeremy Pruitt leaving Bama for FSU

By Edward Aschoff

It seemed like only a matter of time before one of Alabama's assistants was scooped up following another tremendous season in Tuscaloosa.

According to multiple reports, Florida State is expected to announce Alabama defensive backs coach Jeremy Pruitt as its new defensive coordinator. A source close to the situation later confirmed to ESPN that the moved was expected to happen.

Pruitt will replace former defensive coordinator Mark Stoops, who was named Kentucky's head coach on Nov. 27.

Pruitt has spent three seasons as the Crimson Tide's secondary coach. Last year, the Tide secondary was equipped with three NFL draft picks, including All-Americans Mark Barron and Dre Kirkpatrick. Alabama finished the 2011 season ranked first nationally in pass defense (111.5 yards per game) and pass efficiency defense (83.69).

The Tide's secondary took a bit of a personnel hit in 2012, but still managed to end the regular season with the No. 8 pass defense, giving up 166.2 yards through the air a game. The most glaring difference in production this season was Alabama's knack for giving up bigger plays in the secondary, but the Tide never allowed any team to throw for 300 yards or more during a game this season.