TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama has hired Jeremy Pruitt as defensive coordinator after he served in that role at Georgia and Florida State.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban announced the hiring of Pruitt, a former Alabama assistant, on Friday.

He was on Mark Richt's staff at Georgia and fills the vacancy left when Kirby Smart took over the Bulldogs program.

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Pruitt spent the past two seasons running the Bulldogs' defense, which currently ranks eighth nationally in total yards allowed and is first in pass defense.

He was defensive coordinator and secondary coach for Florida State's national championship team in 2013 before joining Richt's staff.

Pruitt was on Saban's staff from 2007-2012, working as defensive backs coach the final three years. He worked with first-round picks Mark Barron, Dre Kirkpatrick and Dee Milliner.

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