Preview 2018: Florida State Seminoles. Just Win, Willie Taggart

Preview 2018: Florida State Seminoles. Just Win, Willie Taggart

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Preview 2018: Florida State Seminoles. Just Win, Willie Taggart


What You Need To Know About The Florida State Defense

– Start with the defensive front, and go from there. Derrick Nnadi and Josh Sweat are gone from the line, but the return of Demarcus Christmas on the inside and Brian Burns at one end form the foundation of the defense.

The pass rush was just okay, and there weren’t enough plays in the backfield by ACC standards, but it’ll be a loaded line that should dominate by the end of the season.

– As always, there are plenty of good athletes and promising options at linebacker, but leading tackler Matthew Thomas and middle man Ro’Derrick Hoskins are done, and Emmett Rice is trying to come back from a knee injury.

It’s going to be a smaller group – with Adonis Thomas likely taking over one outside spot and Dontavious Jackson about to step up in the middle – but it’ll move. Jackson will be fantastic with a little time, and this will hardly be a weakness, but it will be an area to work on.

– No matter how good your recruiting classes and how great your reputation, you take a step back no matter what if your secondary loses Derwin James, Nate Andrews, Tarvarus McFadden and Trey Marshall.

But it is Florida State, and it is always able to load up with more all-star defensive back talent. Levonta Taylor is a keeper at one corner, and Stanford Samuels can play just about anywhere. It might take a little bit, but superstar recruit Jaiden Woodbey has everything there to be the next great Seminole defensive back.

Biggest Key To The Florida State Defense

Start taking the ball away again. There’s no excuse for a defense with as much tremendous talent as last year’s FSU D had to only come up with 15 takeaways. It was a tough first half of the season for big plays, taking the ball away a mere six times in the first eight games.

The pass rush was okay, but not amazing, and it would be an easy excuse to say the team checked out after the lousy start, but the takeaways started to come over the second half of the ACC season.

This year’s D under Harlon Barnett – who’s knows how to get teams to generate takeaways during his time coaching the Michigan State defensive backs – should do far more.

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