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FSU hoping “U Can’t touch this” with their Spring game festivities

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It was a rough debut year for Willie Taggart and the FSU Seminoles on the field, but that doesn’t mean they still aren’t in the mood to “rock n roll,” when the time is right.

And, the school announced Thursday afternoon tht their 2019 spring game will once again be a 1990s themed party.

This second year in a row FSU will include a concert after the playing of their “Garnet and Gold Game” at Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday April 6th. And likewise, this year’s concert will have a 1990s theme. However, instead of Vanilla Ice, Salt-N-Pepa and Rob Base who performed a year ago, it will be three new acts that will take to the stage afterwards.

Three time Grammy Award winner, MC Hammer, who is one of the more iconic music/dance video figures of the early 90s, will be joined by rapper Tone Loc and the R&B group, “Color Me Badd.”

Hammer has sold over 40 million copies of his incredibly popular, “Please, Hammer, Don’t Hurt’em” album that debuted in February, 1990. His single, “U Can’t Touch This” is one of the most recognizable songs and music videos of the time. Remember his “parachute pants?”

Hammer’s real name is Stanley Burrell, and he was a former bat boy for the Oakland A’s baseball team in the 1970s (photo above).

Meanwhile, Loc was one of the pioneers of rap music and his two songs “Wild Thing” and “Funky Cold Medina” became instant hits. They both rose to number one on the Billboard music charts making Loc one of the more prominent rap artists of the decade. “Color Me Badd,” had three number one singles themselves in the 90s, including the song, “All 4 Love.”

Right now, Taggart could use some love, as it’s been a rocky 15 months for him as head coach in Tallahassee. After a 5-7 season on the field, where Florida State missed a bowl game for the first time in 37 years, the Noles have a big question at quarterback, as for the second year in a row they didn’t sign a top-flight high school recruit.

Back to the spring game theme. Just as they did a year ago FSU will have a 90s themed feel all the way around and that will include the Seminole endzones being painted like they were nearly 30 years ago, plus 1990s era football players will take place in the alumni flag football game at halftime.

Of course Heisman winner Charlie Ward, and former All-American Derrick Brooks led Florida State to the 1993 National Championship on a team in the era when this music was most popular.

FSU will only charge $10 for admission, including the post-game concert.

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Mixed comments from FSU coaches about 2019 O-Line

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Florida State is one of the few remaining state schools that have yet to name their starting quarterback. There is currently a battle for the spot among three guys, with returner James Blackman seemingly leading the pack. But more importantly on Willie Taggart’s list of things to sort out before the start of the season, is how his eventual QB is going to be protected?

And there’s been a lot of talk recently about what to expect from the Seminoles struggling O-Line.

Taggart has already made a couple major moves, with both having having yet to be seen if they’ll pay off, in letting go of former OL coach Greg Frey and having to hire a new OC after Walt Bell took the UMass job after just one season with the Noles.

He’s replaced them with Randy Clements at OL and Kendal Briles at OC. 

At an event on Tuesday, Taggart was asked about the state of his tattered O-Line, and he gave a response that fans can only hope will be proven true.

Briles and Clements could be the guys that resurrect a line that was far too unorganized and disjointed last season. In 2018, FSU ranked 114th in points per game, 129th in yards per play and 118th in sacks allowed, and only averaged 2.79 yards per carry.

At Houston, Clements and Briles produced an offensive line in 2018 that allowed the Cougars to average 43.9 points per game, ranking fifth in the nation, and 512.3 yards of total offense. 

However, Briles also spoke to the media on Tuesday, and while still positive on the future of his offense, insinuated that the line might continue to be a weak spot for the Noles this season. 

For fans, this could either be encouraging or worrisome. 

But, there is potential in some new additions to the line. 

As a part of the 19th ranked class in the Nation, the Noles signed several new offensive linemen in the hope of a turnaround at a spot that has hurt them over the past few seasons. The most heralded one is four star recruit, Dontae Lucas of IMG Academy in Bradenton, and there’s also JuCo three star left tackle, Jay Williams of Grossmont College in El Cajon, CA.

While it remains to be seen if any of them can be a “plug and play guy” to play immediately for 2019, Clements could be the guy to get the most out of the current group.

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FSU visited by Dungy and Brooks in Bradenton

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FSU has spent the week practicing at IMG in Bradenton. On Wednesday, head coach Willie Taggart invited former NFL head coach Tony Dungy and Seminole legend Derrick Brooks spend some time with the team and offer a few words of wisdom after practice.

Taggart wanted the guys to give his payers some insight on what it takes to be a part of a turn around team.

The former Super Bowl winning head coach told the team team that, if they want to see success on the field, they’re going to have to come together to do it.

He ended with what it really means to be a champion, and having that championship mentality goes far beyond what you can do for your school on the field.

“Being a champion isn’t just being the best you can be on the field. Thats part of it. But it’s being the best teammate you can be, its being the best student you can be, person you can be and impact everyone. We didn’t bring you to Florida State just to win a national champion ship…Be the best person you can be for this university, for your family for your teammates, and you’ll leave a legacy here at Florida State.

You guys wanted to come to Florida State because of what these guys did. There are kids now who are going to want to come to Florida State because of what guys do. And that’s the power, that’s the fun, that’s what you’re going to really remember.”

Brooks then joined him for an extended Q&A session and told the group of guys, including his son, sophomore DeCalon Brooks, about what goes into a championship culture.

“It doesn’t take talent to have a championship culture, right? It takes effort. It takes awesome. No excuses, no explanations.” And mirroring the sentiment of Dungy he added, “that championship culture has to extend itself off the field…and we have the ingredients to be a championship-culture program.”

You can watch the full conversation here.

Coach Dungy has had a relationship with the Seminoles for a while, as Bobby Bowden was one of his role models when he began his career in coaching. And, in his time in Tampa with the Bucs, he coached two FSU greats in Brooks and Warrick Dunn.

Dungy and Brooks were foundational pieces of turning the Buccaneer program around and instilling a championship culture in Tampa Bay.

There’s no doubt that Tallahassee is ready for the return of a championship culture.

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