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FSU football coach Willie Taggart loves where his Seminoles stand

Taggart also said the offensive line is improving its techniques heading into the Aug. 31 opener against Boise State.
Florida State coach Willie Taggart addresses reporters Thursday before practicing at Bradenton's IMG Academy. [ MATT BAKER | TIMES ]
Published Aug. 15

BRADENTON — Two weeks into preseason camp and two-plus weeks before the season opener against Boise State, Florida State coach Willie Taggart is happy with where his Seminoles stand.

“I love where we’re at,” Taggart said Thursday morning before FSU started its third and final practice at IMG Academy. “I love how they’re competing every single day … Usually this time during training camp, it’s kind of the dog days where guys start thinking about why they’re here. But our guys, they compete.”

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The biggest spotlight of that competition remains on an offensive line that has struggled over the last few years and was among the worst in the nation last year. Taggart said he’s seeing growth in the unit’s consistency and aggression.

“I think from a technical standpoint, they’re so much better in what they’re doing, which will allow us to have some success up front,” Taggart said. “But just the camaraderie of those guys coming together, playing together, you can see it in the way we play.

“They’re a lot closer than what they were before, but they also understand what they’re doing. When you understand what you’re doing, you can do it a little better.”

Taggart said junior defensive end Joshua Kaindoh remains limited as he recovers from a hamstring injury. He participated in a few plays during recent practice, but the Seminoles’ focus remains on getting him ready for the opener.

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“We’re going to make sure we do what’s best for Kaindoh and our football team and try to make sure he’s ready for Aug. 31,” Taggart said.

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