Randy Sanders reflects on coaching alongside Jeremy Pruitt at Florida State

Randy Sanders reflects on coaching alongside Jeremy Pruitt at Florida State

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Randy Sanders reflects on coaching alongside Jeremy Pruitt at Florida State

Former Tennessee quarterback and assistant coach Randy Sanders will return to his alma mater Saturday as East Tennessee State’s head coach.

He will coach against Jeremy Pruitt who he worked with at Florida State in 2013 as the Seminoles won the national championship.

Sanders served as the Seminoles’ co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach as Pruitt was the defensive coordinator.

“It was a magical year,” Sanders said in the book Fulmer Hires Pruitt. “Our defense played very well under Jeremy. You watch NFL games on Sunday and almost every game you watch seems like somebody from that team is competing in every game.

“There were a lot of good players on defense and we had a quarterback win the Heisman Trophy (Jameis Winston) and had a lot of good players on offense. It was a year that the team truly played together and the offense fed off the defense and the defense fed off the offense. It was a fun team to be around being a complete football team.”

Sanders said the Florida State coaching staff was unique and were close.

“That coaching staff was a unique staff and we worked really well together and we had a lot of fun,” he said. “Many of us had just came in and we actually lived together basically for the first four or five months, we were all in the same dorm and our wives hadn’t made it or our families hadn’t made it down, so we were eating dinner together and working together and just having a good time. That was a fun season for a number of reasons and we had a good time as a coaching staff.” 

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