January 2014 Archives
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama head coach Nick Saban announced Sunday that quarterback Jake Coker has signed with the Crimson Tide and projects to be eligible to play this fall. Coker, a native of Mobile, Ala., is expected to enroll at Alabama this summer after he completes his undergraduate degree at Florida State.
"We think a lot of Jake and we are excited to have him join our team," said Saban. "He is not only an outstanding football player, but he is also a fine young man who we feel will be a great fit with our program at Alabama."
Coker played in seven games last year at FSU as the back-up to Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston. He saw action in four games as in 2012 and redshirted in 2011. Coker originally signed with FSU after leading St. Paul's Episcopal to the state playoffs and a 10-2 record as a senior. He was also a standout basketball player who earned all-state recognition, averaging 21.9 points per game as a senior.
"I was very impressed with everything on my visit to Tuscaloosa," said Coker. "I feel very comfortable with the coaches and the players, and I'm looking forward to getting started at Alabama and competing. I also want to thank my coaches and teammates at Florida State. I had a great experience there and I'm excited to build on that at Alabama."
Florida State's Terrence Brooks comes in at 5-11, 197.-- James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) January 20, 2014
FSU LB Christian Jones: 6-3 3/8 in, 234 lbs.-- James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) January 20, 2014
Florida State LB Telvin Smith: 6-2 7/8 in, 218 lbs.-- James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) January 20, 2014
Florida state center and Rimington Trophy winner Bryan Stork: 6-3 1/2 inches, 306 lbs.-- James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) January 20, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. --- Jeremy Pruitt, defensive coordinator at Florida State, has been named defensive coordinator at the University of Georgia according to an announcement Tuesday by UGA head coach Mark Richt.
As defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach at FSU, Pruitt was part of a coaching staff that led the Seminoles to an undefeated season and 2013 BCS National Championship. The FSU defense ended the season ranked first nationally in scoring defense (12.1 ppg), second in team passing efficiency defense (93.77), third in total defense (281.4 ypg), and 18th in rushing defense (124.8 ypg). He was a finalist this year for the Broyles Award which goes annually to the nation's top assistant coach.
"I'm ecstatic," said Richt.
"This is an outstanding professional and personal opportunity," said Pruitt. "I'm looking forward to meeting the current players and getting on the road to visit with recruits."
Pruitt was named Florida State's defensive coordinator in December, 2012, after serving the previous three seasons (2010-12) as Alabama's defensive backfield coach. In each of his three seasons as secondary coach, the Crimson Tide ranked in the top 10 nationally in pass efficiency defense, top 15 in pass defense and top five in both total defense and scoring defense.
A former Alabama defensive back, Pruitt originally joined the Crimson Tide staff in 2007 as director of player development. He had previously served as an assistant coach at Hoover (Ala.) High from 2004-2006, and as an assistant under his father, Dale Pruitt, at Fort Payne (Ala.) High and Plainview (Ala.) High. He spent one season, 1999, as defensive backs coach at the University of West Alabama.
Pruitt made an impact in Tuscaloosa his last two seasons. In 2012, Alabama ranked No. 7 in pass defense yielding just 173.64 yards per game and No. 7 nationally in pass efficiency defense (103.72) while also leading the nation in total defense (250.00 ypg), rushing defense (76.36 yards per game) and scoring defense (10.93 points per game). In 2011, Alabama not only led the nation in pass defense (111.46 ypg) and pass efficiency defense (83.69 ypg), but the Crimson Tide led the nation in rushing defense, total defense and scoring defense on its way to winning the BCS National Championship.
Pruitt's 2011 secondary at Alabama produced three first team All-Americans and NFL draft picks in first rounders safety Mark Barron (No. 7 pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (No. 17 pick by the Cincinnati Bengals). Cornerback DeQuan Menzie was taken in the fifth round by the Kansas City Chiefs.
In 2012, Pruitt's secondary overcame the loss of three NFL Draft picks to become one of the best in the nation. Junior cornerback Dee Milliner led the group with 51 tackles, 18 pass breakups and two interceptions en route to earning first-team All-America honors. A finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, Milliner ranked third nationally in passed defended with 1.67 per game.
Florida State fans, you've seen the team's highlight videos from the national championship game and now we want to see yours!
If you took any video from that memorable Monday -- whether you were in Pasadena or anywhere else watching FSU beat Auburn -- and want to share with Seminoles.com, we will put together a master highlight reel of everyone's fan videos.
Footage of your celebrations, video of your tailgate or images from inside the stadium, post them to Youtube and then send us a link at 2013NationalChampions@gmail.com!
WHAT: The Coaches' Trophy presented by Dr Pepper, which was awarded to Florida State on Monday night as the 2013 national college football champions, will be on display this weekend at two locations in Tallahassee, FL. Fans will be able to have a free on-line photo taken with the actual Waterford® Crystal football trophy won by the Seminoles at the Vizio BCS National Championship.
WHEN / WHERE:
Friday, January 10
Winn-Dixie store #86
111-39 S. Magnolia Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32301
2 - 6 p.m.
Saturday, January 11
Walmart store #1408
4400 West Tennessee
Tallahassee, FL 32304
9 a.m. - Noon
- This is the exact Coaches' Trophy which was awarded on the field to Florida State as the winner of the Vizio BCS National Championship on Jan. 6, 2014 in Pasadena.
- Dr Pepper is the presenting sponsor of The Coaches' Trophy, and has partnered with Winn-Dixie and Walmart to host free fan photo opportunities in January.
- The ball that sits atop The Coaches' Trophy is made of Waterford® Crystal. The trophy is valued at $30,000 and takes three months to produce.
- The Coaches' Trophy is 34 inches tall and weighs 45 pounds. The ball alone weighs approximately eight pounds.
- Every year, a new trophy is made. Each winning school keeps The Coaches' Trophy for permanent display on campus.
- Created in 1986, this is the 28th year the American Football Coaches Association has awarded the trophy to the national champion.
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