Geoff Collins: Weight room to Rocky Top, Pruitt’s the ‘real deal’

Geoff Collins: Weight room to Rocky Top, Pruitt’s the ‘real deal’

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Geoff Collins: Weight room to Rocky Top, Pruitt’s the ‘real deal’

Temple head coach Geoff Collins jump-started his career at Alabama in 2007 during Nick Saban’s first season.

Collins held the title of Director of Player Personnel alongside Jeremy Pruitt who was also in his first season at Alabama as Director of Player Development.

“We were together and both off-the-field coaches in Coach Saban’s first year and now we are both Division-1 head coaches,” Collins told Vols Wire. “So it’s pretty cool and a development for both of us.”

Collins’ time working in an off-field position in 2007 paved the way to his first FBS on-field coaching job as linebackers coach at UCF in 2008.

After two seasons at UCF, Collins served as defensive coordinator in 2010 for FIU before coaching in the SEC. From 2011-14 he served as Mississippi State’s defensive coordinator and Florida’s defensive coordinator from 2015-16 before becoming Temple’s head coach.

“I basically got a doctorate in the development to be a head coach, it was a great experience,” Collins said of working for Saban. “I was player personnel and Jeremy was player development. Jeremy was more in the weight room and I was more on the recruiting side of things.”

Working alongside Pruitt, Collins thought highly of him and thinks he will do a good job as Tennessee’s head coach.

“Being in Coach Saban’s system was instrumental, but I always thought very highly of Jeremy even when he was a high school coach,” he said. “When you were around him for any amount of time, you could tell he is the real deal.”

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