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Mark Snyder hired as FSU defensive ends coach

Willie Taggart is one step closer to finalizing his defensive staff.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 21 Louisville at Florida State Photo by Logan Stanford/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Mark Snyder is Florida State’s new defensive ends coach, replacing Brad Lawing. It was first reported by Bruce Feldman.

Willie Taggart hired Snyder from Michigan State, where he was coaching DEs as part of FSU DC Harlon Barnett’s defensive staff.

Snyder has 29 years of coaching experience, including 12 seasons as either a head coach (Marshall 2005-2009) or defensive coordinator (South Florida 2010-2011, Texas A&M 2012-2014). He just finished his third season on staff at Michigan State. He transitioned to primary defensive ends coach in 2017 after spending his first two seasons as the linebackers coach. He also finished his third season as the program’s special teams coordinator, his eighth year of special teams experience if you include his 5-year tenure coaching special teams for Jim Tressel at Youngstown State. Snyder’s defensive ends are known to be very sound technically, and he has plenty of experience coaching in Barnett’s 4-3 Cover 4 approach.

Snyder is the eighth position coach to be added to Taggart’s staff, with only the wide receivers coach (and potentially quarterbacks coach) vacant. You can find more information on those searches here.