Pruitt returned to his alma mater of Ouachita Baptist
University in January, taking advantage of an NFL program
that pays for players to go back to school to complete
Pruitt wasn't able to complete the three classes he needs
to get his degree in kinesiology because he had to return
to South Florida for the start of the offseason program,
but he was at Ouachita Baptist during spring football.
Getting Pruitt to work with the Ouachita wide receivers
only made sense.
"My coach, he asked me," Pruitt said. "He needed some help
coaching the receivers during spring ball, so I went out
there and just tried to teach them some of the things that
I was taught. It was a fun experience. Some of the guys,
they really listened, they looked up to me. I was glad to
be back and help."
Ouachita Baptist is a Division II school in Arkadelphia,
Ark., and Pruitt is almost a legend when it comes to the
Consider that when he made his Dolphins debut last
November, he became only the second Ouachita alum to play
in an NFL game, joining longtime Dallas Cowboys safety
Defensive end T.J. Bingham also was on an NFL roster in the
early 1990s, but he never appeared in a regular season
game. Tight end Phillip Supernaw currently is on the
Houston roster after signing with the Texans as an
undrafted rookie free agent.
"I take much pride (in that)," Pruitt said. "It's a
blessing. It's a few of us. It's a good thing."
Pruitt's last season at Ouachita Baptist was a memorable
one as he gained over 1,100 yards receiving with 11
touchdowns and flashed enough potential to draw attention
from all 32 NFL teams.
He ended the 2010 season and spent the early part of 2011
on the Dolphins practice squad before being signed to the
active roster in time for the 31-3 victory at Kansas City
Pruitt appeared in each of the last nine games of the
regular season, and although he's still waiting for his
first NFL catch, he made a contribution on special teams as
"It just felt like a long time coming," Pruitt said. "I'd
been working and working, coming from the practice squad. I
was just waiting for my opportunity and once I got in there
I was just trying to give my all, do my part. It worked out
for the best."
Not long after the season ended, Pruitt was back in
While he wasn't able to finish his classes to complete his
degree, Pruitt says he plans on going back next spring.
"It's very important," he said. "It's something I promised
my parents. I promised my college coaches. It's just
something I want to do for myself because once you get your
degree that's something nobody can take from you."
Something else nobody can take from Pruitt is the valuable
knowledge and experience he has gained over the last two
He was only too glad to pass it along, although he said it
took some time to adjust to being on the other side of the
"I had to get used to yelling at guys and telling them
exactly what to do," he said with a smile. "But they're
good kids. They listened."
In all, Ouachita Baptist conducted 15 practices in spring
ball, but even that small taste gave Pruitt a new
appreciation for what assistant coaches do. He says it's
also helped him on the field.
"It definitely did," Pruitt said. "Getting back, just being
in the film room with the coaches and learning just some of
the ins and outs of coaching, it definitely helped me out
here on the field."