Florida State’s Taggart hands off playcalling duties

Florida State coach Willie Taggart is no longer calling the plays for the beleaguered Seminoles.

Taggart said Monday that offensive coordinator Walt Bell called the plays during Saturday’s 47-28 loss to North Carolina State and will do so again this week versus unbeaten Notre Dame.

“I thought Walt did a good job of calling plays,” Taggart said during a press conference. “Obviously, we didn’t get the win, but I thought him doing that was good, and allowing me to see and be a part of other things within our program. I thought I was able to interact with our players a lot better, a lot more on the sidelines when I needed to.”

Florida State (4-5, 2-5 ACC) is averaging just 23.8 points per game in Taggart’s first season as coach. The running game has been atrocious at 76.9 yards per game, which ranks 127th nationally out of 129 teams.

Bell called plays the past four seasons at Arkansas State (2014-15) and Maryland (2016-17).

“I didn’t think necessarily the play calling was an issue, I think it’s a lot of other things that need to be addressed and need to be taken care of in order for us to be what we need to be on the football field,” Taggart said. “So that’s a big reason why I did that and I know Walt knows exactly what we want out of our offense and I have faith that he can do that.

“Again, I’m not going anywhere, I’m still there, but I just felt like I can help our program a lot better by being in other areas and areas that we really need to get better in to help us rectify some of the things that we’re doing on the football field on Saturdays.”

Sophomore quarterback James Blackman established careeer highs of 421 yards and four touchdowns against NC State but it hasn’t yet been determined whether he will get a second straight start.

Junior Deondre Francois (ribs) missed the contest and is making progress.

“We’ll go through the week and see how Deondre is doing, see how these guys are practicing throughout the week,” Taggart said. “We’ll make that decision later in the week.”

–Field Level Media

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