Taggart: ‘Winning is living’

There’s not much downtime in college football. Even in a bye week.

And even for a Florida State team that is riding its first two-game ACC win streak since 2016. The Seminoles were back on the practice field Monday morning, working out and preparing for the next game at Clemson on Oct. 12.

The morale and attitude after back-to-back wins over Louisville and NC State has picked up.

“Winning is living,” FSU coach Willie Taggart said. “Everybody feels a lot better walking in the locker room. But their mindset is the same. It’s getting better. Taking it one week at a time, trying to accomplish a goal that we all set out to do this year. They’re locked in. Last week, had a great week of practice.

“We’re really excited about this bye week. This bye week practice is going to say a lot about our football team and where we’re at.”

After letting second-half leads slip away to Boise State, ULM and Virginia – with only an overtime victory over the Warhawks to show for it – the Seminoles learned to finish with a rally against Louisville and shut the door in the fourth quarter on NC State.

It’s worth noting that FSU’s defense held firm on final drives by Louisville and NC State, neither of which would have changed the result of the game. Each time defenders played hard and forced turnovers in the final moments.

Taggart lamented some disappointments, including penalties, but also cited overall improvement on offense and defense.

“What our team is doing now is playing winning football,” Taggart said. “We’re not completely where we want to be. We have to cut down on the penalties. We’re making corrections from earlier, we’re learning from them. That’s the most important thing that we learn from our mistakes, we correct them and we try very hard not to make those mistakes again.”

Taggart seemed pleased with the play of Alex Hornibrook, who threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns in his first FSU start on Saturday. But he also said the quarterback and offensive line share responsibility for the eight sacks allowed, which FSU researchers feel is the most allowed in program history.

“I thought we did some good things and some things not so good,” Taggart said. “Protection-wise there were times where we broke down in protection and there were times where we didn’t get rid of the football. That’s on the quarterback and on the o-line.”

Williams returns: FSU left tackle Jauan Williams returned to the practice field on Monday. Williams has missed the last three weeks due to an ankle injury. He worked with the first-team offensive line in the open portion of practice.

Practice notes: James Blackman practiced on Monday morning with the quarterbacks. During the limited window open to the media, a few Seminoles were missing. The Osceola did not see tailback Anthony Grant or punter Logan Tyler although it’s possible that either were in morning classes.

Wide receiver D’Marcus Adams was not at practice. Noles247 reported last week that Adams, who had not played in 2019, was headed for the transfer portal.

FSU-Clemson on national TV: The Seminoles’ next game at Clemson on Oct. 12 will air nationally on ABC at 3:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.

Clarifying Robinson’s targeting: There was some speculation on social media by fans that Janarius Robinson’s targeting call could be overturned on appeal by FSU coaches to the ACC office. That is not the case.

The play in the second half of Saturday’s game against NC State was reviewed in the booth at Doak Campbell Stadium as well as the ACC’s central office in Greensboro. There is no appeal process and Robinson will miss first half at Clemson.

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  1. Marshall green Reply

    Please note, over 25% of the noles offensive plays resulted in penalties, tackle for loss or a sack that is not acceptable

    • Bob Ferrante Reply

      The sack totals and QB pressures are way too high. And the pre-snap penalties, which had disappeared for a few weeks, were back on Saturday. Definitely some concerns. But we feel better about this team than a few weeks ago after the narrow escape against ULM.

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