A move that had been in the making since Willie Taggart first began his tenure at Florida State, former USF head coach and Oregon defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt will be joining the Seminoles’ staff as a quality control analyst. He’ll be helping break down film and install schemes in hopes of helping an FSU defense that’s struggled through its first two games.
Leavitt has experience with multi-front defenses, having run the 4-3 at USF and the 3-4 at all his stops since:
Leavitt would seem to be perfect fit for #FSU's multi front defense. He ran the 4-3 while bringing #USF to prominence from 1997-2009. He switched to 3-4 after working under current #Broncos HC Vic Fangio with SF 49ers & installed the 3-4 as DC at #Colorado & #Oregon @OsceolaNews— Patrick Burnham (@PSB5153) September 12, 2019
He’s at Florida State’s practice today:
First look at Jim Leavitt, @FSUFootball’s new senior defensive analyst, at practice on Thursday morning. Willie Taggart worked with Leavitt at Oregon, and this morning called Leavitt “a great addition to our football staff.” pic.twitter.com/oP1TxiQXWX— Tim Linafelt / FSU (@Tim_Linafelt) September 12, 2019
Former USF quarterback and Tallahassee native B.J. Daniels, who captained an upset of FSU under Leavitt, spoke about his admiration for the coach.
In not as good news, senior punter Logan Tyler was implicated in a DUI case from August, as revealed by an incident report obtained by Tomahawk Nation.
Defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett spoke to the media on Wednesday, saying he’s willing to try “anything and everything” to get the Seminoles’ defense right.
Virginia is focusing on stopping junior running back Cam Akers on Saturday, emphasizing gang tackles to counter the size of the speedy back.
UVA receivers coach Marques Hagens spoke to the Charlottesville local media about quarterbacking the Hoos to a 26-21 upset of FSU in 2005, a memory that might still haunt some of y’all.
Sports Illustrated ranked the panic level for programs with second-year coaches, and Florida State is third, behind Tennessee and UCLA.
Here’s a nice ol’ trip down memory lane about former FSU and Green Bay safety LeRoy Butler inventing the Lambeau Leap.
Bill Connelly released his Week 3 SP+ predictions, and he has the FSU-UVA game coming down the wire, similar to the seven-point spread put out by Vegas.
WEEK 3 SP+ PICKS:— Bill Connelly (@ESPN_BillC) September 11, 2019
* Illinois has a 71% chance of moving to 3-0!
* Tennessee has a 5% chance of moving to 0-3!
* LSU 69, NW'ern State 1
* Closest games: UNC-Wake, Maryland-Temple (!), FAU-Ball St, So Miss-Troy, Ohio-Marshall
* There are even more overs than last week! pic.twitter.com/z9EXbjKGiI
Florida State, the defending national champions and No. 6 team in the country, will wrap up non-conference play this weekend — first with a ranked matchup at home vs. No. 24 Colorado, then with a match on the road vs. Villanova.