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Dawgs' Mark Fox and Jeremy Pruitt visit Columbus

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COLUMBUS, GA - UGA fans in Columbus got to chat with some coaches from Athens Wednesday night. Football defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and basketball coach Mark Fox were in town as a part of their UGA Day state tour.

It is 100 days until the kickoff of Georgia's 2014 football season. Many of the fans who will be in Sanford Stadium on August 30th were at the Rivermill Event Center in Columbus to speak with new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. He says the Dawgs defense is taking shape after spring practice.

"We are focusing on fundamentals and becoming a team, playing with great effort, discipline, and toughness," Pruitt said.

The Dawgs defense has already changed since Pruitt arrived. Two starters from last year have transferred and some talent has moved to the offensive side of the ball.

“We had no starters going into spring and we have none coming out of spring. There are guys who played on this team last year who are starters that may not play this year," said Pruitt.

Georgia fans also got to chat with basketball coach Mark Fox. He is feeling good about his program after having the second best record in the SEC last season, which tied them with Kentucky who made it to the national championship.

"We have our top five scorers returning. That is a good place to start. It’s the first time we have had that much experience and production back," Fox said.

While the SEC gets criticized for being a weak conference, he says there are some great teams in the league.

“This is a good league and it is going to be a good league every year,” said Fox. “I think it's getting deeper and deeper each season. Hopefully the media and the selection committee will recognize the quality of the SEC moving forward."

With Georgia's baseball team out of the conference tournament, the next big event for the Dawgs' is the football game against Clemson on August 30th.

Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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