FSU hires Stanford Samuels Jr. as defensive analyst

Willie Taggart has again tapped into the Florida State family to find coaching help.

Taggart has hired Stanford Samuels Jr. as a defensive analyst. Samuels Jr. played at FSU from 1998-2003.

“Stanford is a smart football coach,” Taggart said. “He understands the game. You can see that he is going to be a good football coach one day.

“He understands Florida State University. He bleeds Garnet and Gold. He won a lot of games around here and knows what it takes to win. And I think he’s a good defensive fit for our defensive staff as well and will add to that chemistry.”

He has high school coaching experience at Fort Lauderdale’s Flanagan High.

Samuels Jr. had 156 tackles and six interceptions at FSU. He played for a few seasons in the Canadian Football League with Winnipeg, Edmonton and Montreal.

His son, Stanford Samuels III, is a likely starter for FSU at cornerback.

Terry to miss practice time

Wide receiver Tamorrion Terry will miss an unspecified amount of practice time during preseason camp due to injury. Taggart said he expects Terry back later in camp and that he won’t miss FSU’s opener against Boise State on Aug. 31.

“He won’t start with us,” Taggart said. “I don’t necessarily have a set date when he will get back in training camp.”

Noles247 reported on Wednesday that Terry had a minor knee surgery. Taggart didn’t mention any player specifically by name but said he is excited to see what a deep group of young receiver can do in preseason camp.

Travis still in limbo

Transfer quarterback Jordan Travis has not received final word from the ACC or NCAA on his application for a waiver. He will practice with the Seminoles on Friday but his availability for the 2019 season remains a significant question mark.

Travis went into the transfer portal, leaving Louisville and landing at FSU ahead of spring practice.

Taggart exaggerated the word “prolong” when discussing the wait to know Travis’ status.

“We haven’t had a final answer on that yet,” Taggart said. “Hopefully here soon. He’s going to be out competing at quarterback. Hopefully we here something soon. Prooooolong that.”

Injury update

Guard Cole Minshew has offseason neck surgery and “he’s still not ready yet,” Taggart said. There’s no timetable for Minshew, who started seven games in 2017, to return to the field. That could open up playing time for Brady Scott, Dontae Lucas, Andrew Boselli and others.

Defensive tackle Ja’len Parks is also “still not ready yet,” Taggart said and won’t be at practice on Friday. Parks also missed the spring due to injury.

Not in the top 25

FSU received some votes but was not ranked in the preseason USA Today coaches’ poll. The AP poll will be released on Aug. 19.

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