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Florida State HC Willie Taggart said the Seminoles offense will play with more tempo and be less complicated than it has in the past.

Jimbo Fisher's offenses were criticized for being slow -- the Seminoles averaged just 61 plays per game last season, in the bottom-10 nationally -- and overly complicated. Taggart's offense is the opposite. He describes his Gulf Coast offense with the words "lethal simplicity." By that he means granting players supreme freedom within the up-tempo system, a tact that previously allowed Quinton Flowers' career to take off at USF. Taggart has plenty of toys to play with in Tallahassee, with two quarterbacks who have starting experience (Deondre Francois and James Blackman), a two-headed RB monster (Jacques Patrick and Cam Akers) and a host of athletes on the outside headlined by Noonie Murray and Auden Tate. They're a perfect fit for what he wants to do.
Source: ESPN
Dec 11 - 3:21 PM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman reports that Florida State quality control assistant Dameyune Craig will likely take a role as WR coach with Texas A&M.

Craig previously worked as quarterbacks coach under Jimbo Fisher at Florida State from 2010-12 and has since held jobs at Auburn (2013-2015) and LSU (2016). He served as a quality control assistant -- an off-field role -- with the Seminoles last season.
Dec 7 - 12:51 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that FSU redshirt junior TE Ryan Izzo is "considering" declaring for the NFL Draft.

Izzo (6'5/245) is one of the best blocking tight ends in the country, with NFL.com's Lance Zierlein referring to him as an "excellent lead blocker in space" and noting that he has the "scrappy demeanor" and requisite size to help him make hay at the point of attack. As a receiver this season, the redshirt junior recorded 14 catches for 258 yards and three touchdowns.
Dec 6 - 6:55 PM

Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel reports that Florida State HC Willie Taggart has signed a six-year, $30 million contract.

Taggart officially fled for FSU from Oregon earlier on Tuesday. He had been hoping to net a contract around the seven-year, $35 million one that Scott Frost landed at Nebraska over the weekend. While Thamel is passing along that his contract does not last quite as long as Frost's, the annual salary of $5 million is the same on both deals.
Dec 5 - 6:12 PM

Oregon HC Willie has accepted the same position at Florida State.

The Seminoles were doing their background work on Taggart last week even before HC Jimbo Fisher officially opted to jump to Texas A&M. The Ducks HC was reportedly looking for a deal in the range of the seven-year, $35 million contract UCF's Scott Frost accepted from Nebraska over the weekend. Monetary figures have yet to surface on his new deal down in Tallahassee. Taggart's Oregon team went 7-5 for the current campaign, but that mark comes with the caveat that Ducks QB Justin Herbert missed a good chunk of the season due to a fractured collarbone. For his career as a whole, Taggart owns a 47-50 record between stops at Western Kentucky, South Florida and Oregon. He'll be returning to the fertile recruiting grounds of the state of Florida, where he already has plenty of ties. It's a logical hire and we think Taggart will do well with FSU's extensive resources.
Source: goducks.com
Dec 5 - 5:07 PM

FSU redshirt sophomore S Derwin James announced that he will declare for the 2018 NFL Draft.

In his Instagram post announcing the news, James also stated that he will not participate in the Independence Bowl against Southern Miss. James was a bright spot in an otherwise dreary season for the Seminoles, posting 84 tackles, 5.5 TFL, two interceptions, one sack, and one defensive touchdown. He was the only FSU player named first-team all-ACC this season. James is considered by most to be the class' top safety, just ahead of Minkah Fitzpatrick (Alabama). A great pre-draft process could get James into the top-five. Barring his medicals turning up something unseemly, the top-15 looks like his floor. James missed almost all of the 2016 season upon tearing cartilage in his left knee.
Dec 5 - 1:51 PM

NBC Sports Oregon reporter Aaron J Fentress reports that Oregon coach Willie Taggart would be looking for the same type of money as new Nebraska coach Scott Frost.

Frost has reportedly taken a seven-year, $35 million contract from the Cornhuskers. Taggart is apparently meeting with Florida State officials on Monday, but another report that has come forward that Taggart is "furious" that the reported financial offer is at $4.1 million, nowhere close to what Frost or Dan Mullen received, and nearly called the meeting off. Stay tuned.
Dec 4 - 8:56 PM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff reports that Oregon HC Willie Taggart will meet with Florida State officials on Monday.

According to multiple reports, Taggart is FSU's No. 1 target to replace Jimbo Fisher, who left for Texas A&M last week. Taggart has become one of college football's hottest coaching prospects over the past three years. In his final two seasons at USF, he went 18-7. Taggart has a 7-5 record at Oregon this year. Because of his Florida background and offensive chops, he's considered a strong fit for the Seminoles.
Source: ESPN
Dec 4 - 5:16 PM

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman reports that Oregon HC Willie Taggart has not yet met with Florida State.

Feldman shot down rumors that Taggart is finalizing a contract with the Seminoles. This situation clearly still has a long way to go.
Dec 4 - 1:52 PM

Portland radio host Nigel Burton reports Oregon head coach Willie Taggart is flying to Florida to meet with FSU officials on Monday.

"If (the) meet(ing) goes well, UO expects him to accept job," Burton added. John Canzano of the Oregonian reported on Sunday that Oregon expected a decision from Taggart within 24 hours. Taggart has plenty of ties to the Florida area, so FSU's interest makes total sense.
Dec 4 - 11:06 AM

Oregon HC Willie Taggart seemingly tweeted that he will be staying with the Ducks.

Taggart is reportedly being wooed by Florida State as a possible replacement for the outgoing Jimbo Fisher, but on Saturday night he tweeted, "Looking forward to a great day tomorrow with our team. Practice, find out where & who we play in the bowl game, 2017 Team banquet and then back on the road recruiting." While we're not going to take this as scripture that Taggart is 100% sticking at Oregon, it's been all quiet on the Western Front since the initial reports broke on Friday that his agent was negotiating with Florida State. Expect more clarity to come -- both in terms of FSU and Taggart -- in the days and weeks ahead. Oregon is believed to have offered the coach a new contract in the final week of the regular season in an attempt to keep him in Eugene.
Dec 3 - 11:11 AM

Florida State freshman RB Cam Akers ran 19 times for 117 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 42-10 victory over UL-Monroe.

This was Akers' fourth 100-yard game of the campaign and his third-straight contest with a touchdown. The freshman dynamo is nearing a 1,000-yard season; he leaves today with 930 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. Fortunately, FSU just achieved bowl eligibility, so Akers will only need 70 in that one to pull the trick in his first year on campus.
Dec 2 - 3:31 PM

Florida State junior RB Jacques Patrick had 19 carries for 155 yards and two scores in a 42-10 victory over UL-Monroe on Saturday.

With the victory, the 6-6 Seminoles have achieved bowl eligibility, a feat that once looked highly improbable. With QB James Blackman struggling, the Noles relied on their ground game, and both Patrick and Cam Akers went over 100 yards rushing. This was Patrick's second 100-yard game of the year. He finally looks to be healthy after struggling with a knee issue earlier this fall.
Dec 2 - 3:26 PM

247Sports' Brendan Sonnone reports that FSU began negotiating with Oregon HC Willie Taggart's agent on Friday night.

The Seminoles are wasting no time in attempting to line up their replacement for the Texas A&M-bound Jimbo Fisher, who stepped down earlier on Friday. Oregon reportedly offered Taggart a new contract in the neighborhood of four years, $20 million prior to last weekend's win over Oregon State as they attempt to keep him in Eugene. Should FSU miss on Taggart, Virginia Tech HC Justin Fuente is another reported top option to take over in Tallahassee.
Source: 247Sports
Dec 1 - 10:45 PM

Oregon HC Willie Taggart declined to comment on reports regarding the open head-coaching position at FSU.

Taggart was asked point-blank whether he was going to continue coaching at Oregon during Thursday's press conference. He dodged like a champion boxer, saying, "Why wouldn't I be? I'm the football coach. You guys keep asking me that like you're trying to get me out of here." Taggart is believed to be the lead candidate to replace outgoing Florida State HC Jimbo Fisher, who has accepted a gargantuan 10-year contract from Texas A&M.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 1 - 6:12 PM


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