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FSU’s Brian Burns agrees to deal with Panthers

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The Panthers Training Camp is kicking off on Thursday, and the team will head into its first practice with their first round draft pick under contract.

On Wednesday, morning Panthers Reporter Bill Voth tweeted a video of DE Brian Burns arriving to camp in Spartanburg, SC, insinuating that the official rookie deal was likely to take place.

Shortly after, the franchise made it official.

This news in certainly pleasing to Carolina fans, as Burns will play a central role in the Panthers new defensive scheme and will give them more depth in pass-rushing.

Before getting drafted by the Panthers, Burns was a top recruit in the state of Florida after a fantastic high school career and a part of two state championship teams in his time at Ft. Lauderdale’s American Heritage. At Florida State, he made an immediate impact as a freshman. He played both end and linebacker and posted 9.5 sacks, a total of 24 tackles with 10.5 of those for a loss.

Burns followed that up with 48 tackles with 4.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and two blocked punts in 2017. Those stats showcased his skills in both the defensive pass rush and on special teams. Last season, the worst for FSU in decades, he was one of the lone bright spots for the Noles posting a stat line of 52 tackles with ten sacks, three forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. Burns was eventually was named first-team All-ACC.

At 6’5 and almost 250 pounds, Bruns has a long, athletic frame. Some scouts believe he could play some hybrid linebacker if asked. He turned heads at the NFL Combine with a 4.53 40 time and 36 inch vertical leap. Burns possesses quickness, but speed is what sets him apart from the rest. This is what has helped him get to the quarterback at a high rate.

After Burns’ signing, this now leaves two first-round picks to go. No. 2 Nick Bosa with the 49ers, and No. 3 pick Quinnen Williams with the Jets. Both teams report to camp later this week. So, it’s likely that all first rounders could be official by Friday.

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FAU hires former FSU coach Willie Taggart

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The “coaching carousel” of college football continues to spin, and for Florida State fans, they have to be pleased, as it looks like Willie Taggart will immediately take another job and not even leave the state.

Stadium.com’s college football insider, Brett McMurphy, reported Wednesday afternoon that Taggart had agreed in principle to become the new Florida Atlantic coach:

Taggart, who was fired in November, halfway into his second season at Florida State, will be replacing Lane Kiffin, who departed for Ole Miss after Saturday’s Conference USA championship game win over UAB.

The reason Florida State fans have to be so enthusiastic is the Taggart was reportedly owed over $17 million on his buyout with four years left on his deal. However, that amount has to be lessened some, if not significantly, since he’s going to immediately take another head coaching job.

FAU made the hire official later on Wednesday night:

Taggart went just 9-12 in his season and a half, which included Florida State suffering their first losing season in over forty years in 2018, when they went 5 – 7. When 2019 began with a collapsing loss at home to Boise State and then a near loss-OT victory over UL-Monroe, it seemed the handwriting was on the wall.

The final blow in Tallahassee came when Taggart’s team looked lifeless and undisciplined in their 27-10 loss to ACC instate rival Miami. He was dismissed the next afternoon.

Taggart came to FSU from Oregon, where he spent one year and went 7-5 before jumping, again, in December of 2017 to take the Noles job. He previously was the coach at USF for four seasons, where after starting 2-10 year one, he reversed that number in his final year (2016) to 10 – 2.

FAU enjoyed a resurgence under Kiffin and just won the C-USA Championship Game for the second time in three years. South Florida is obviously fertile ground for recruits and Taggart definitely has much experience recruiting the state for both the Seminoles, the Bulls and having also previously played High School football in Sarasota.

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FSU coaching staff- who’s in and who’s out so far

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Mike Norvell is wasting no time getting into his recruiting stride in Tallahassee, and he’s starting from the top down, with his coaching staff. So far, he’s secured two coaches that will be a part of the FSU staff in 2020.

With head coaching changes, traditionally comes a “clean sweep” of the previous coaches staff. However, Norvell’s first official hire was one of the programs most familiar faces, Odell Haggins. Norvell announced on Monday that Haggins will continue to run the Noles Defensive line and will be an associate head coach.

In his announcement he said, “I’m extremely excited to announce that Coach Odell Haggins will be my first official assistant coach here at Florida State,” Norvell said. “He is an incredible representative of Florida State football, a tremendous leader and teacher and a wonderful man. His knowledge and understanding of the Nole Way will be critical in our pursuit of excellence for this football team on and off the field.”

Norvell’s next hire, announced Monday afternoon, is Auburn OC Kenny Dillingham in the same role with the Seminoles.

The news means that Kendal Briles is officially out, who likely won’t have a hard time landing somewhere else, as one of the nations most promising OC’s, despite the lackluster year with FSU’s struggling offense.

Dillingham was preciously an assistant to Norvell at Memphis for three seasons from 2016 to 2018, before taking his job at Auburn. In his final year at Memphis he was promoted to OC, and lead an offense that ranked fourth nationally in total offense (534.3 ypg), third in rushing offense (285.5 ypg) and seventh in scoring offense (43.6 ppg).

Now on to what may be the most import hire of Norvell’s new staff, a frontman for the FSU defense. Right now, it is rumored that his third hire could be a coordinator from another SEC powerhouse. There’s lots of chatter online about the potential of Norvell landing Georgia’s current DC, Dan Lanning. While nothing has been confirmed yet, the move seems likely due to the connection between Norvell and Lanning at both Arizona State in 2012 and again at Memphis in 2016. Many Seminole fans are speculating on his potential move to Tallahassee when they noticed Lanning following FSU players and media on Twitter Monday afternoon.

As of right now, it is just talk, though he certainly would be an amazing hire for FSU. Much of what undid Willie Taggart was the failure to produce a solid defensive scheme. If an announcement about Lanning’s move is made in the next couple of days, it would be an excellent first week on the job for Norvell.

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