Sunday was a busy day.
Florida State began its annual media day with head coach Willie Taggart addressing the press inside Doak Campbell Stadium. Taggart coined yet another phrase that he’s echoed amongst the team throughout camp: “Embrace the suck.”
“It’s not always fun. It sucks,” Taggart said, referring to camp. “Understanding that in training camp, every moment is a teaching moment. We talk about it. You’ve got to enjoy it. Embrace the suck.”
Taggart escaped the starting quarterback question for about two and a half minutes. When it was asked where each quarterback stood in the race respectively, he had an interesting response.
“Bailey Hockman and James Blackman, from a great understanding of what we’re doing, are probably a little ahead of Francois,” Taggart said. “They’re doing some things and getting better at what we were doing in the spring. They have more reps, and they’re getting better because of those reps.”
Francois was limited in the spring after coming off of a season-ending patella injury.
Taggart also said he was impressed with the offensive line and receiving corps during the first scrimmage of the fall on Saturday.
After a quick break, the players spread out around a room at designated stations to speak with the media.
“I know I didn’t play in the spring, but I’m very comfortable with where I am now,” Deondre Francois said. “I’m not sure what separates me from Bailey (Hockman) or James (Blackman). I leave those questions to coach Taggart and coach Bell.”
“I’m just trying to be the best teammate I can be, and the best leader I can be,” James Blackman said. “I’m not really focused on it right now. I’m just trying to get better every day that I can.”
All three of them echoed the same sentiment: on the field, it’s a competition. Off the field, it’s a brotherhood.
The day ended at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center for FSU fan day. Nothing significant happened besides autograph signings and photos, but it’s worth mentioning given the massive crowd that lined the building hours before the doors opened.