New Florida State coach Willie Taggart has made the next significant hire of staff with reports Tuesday night that Maryland offensive coordinator Walt Bell will leave the Terps and come south to Tallahassee in the same role.
Pete Thamel had the story first on the move:
Source: Maryland OC Walt Bell expected to become the Offensive Coordinator and QB coach at Florida State.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) January 17, 2018
The question most Noles fans want answered? Who is Bell?
First, just like the hire of Harlon Barnett as the new defensive coordinator out of Michigan State, Bell is coming from a Big Ten school and has no known coaching tie before now to Taggart.
He’s been with the Terps under coach D.J. Durkin for the last two seasons. Maryland pulled a shocking early season upset of Texas with Bell’s offense lighting up the Longhorns for 482 yards and 44 offensive points.
Previously, he was the offensive coordinator at Arkansas State the previous two seasons. The 2015 season with the Red Wolves averaged 40.0 ppg., which was 12th in the nation. In both his seasons at Arkansas State the Red Wolves repeatedly broke school records for total yards, yards per game, points per game average, and more. He played as a wide receiver for Middle Tennessee State.
Bell runs an up tempo four receiver spread type offense that has become the norm in college football over the past decade plus. That ought to excite FSU fans, as Taggart has promised to bring the fast spread type offense to that he used at both USF and his one season at Oregon a year ago.
The Noles under previous coach Jimbo Fisher were one of the slowest tempo teams in all of college football and near the bottom in average plays run per game.
Another big plus for Seminoles fans is Bell has experience in the ACC. He was also the previous tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at North Carolina. His prized tight end was Eric Ebron who was a first team All-American 2013 and an NFL draft pick by the Detroit Lions.
The fact that Bell has recruited in the Carolinas and all over the South is another selling point on his hire.
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