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Willie Taggart gives injury update and his takeaways from opening loss

Taggart updated the injury status of key players and gave his thoughts on home opener.

Prior to Wednesday’s practice, the first for the ‘Noles since a less-than-stellar outing, Coach Willie Taggart talked to media about what happened against Virginia Tech and what they’ll do moving forward.

Taggart said that they moved the ball, but had too many self-inflicted wounds and would need to execute the offense better.

With a short week of practice before the ‘Noles play Samford on Saturday, Taggart said they have to be smart about what they ask of their players physically. With that in mind, he said the short week helps to get away from a horrible loss.

Taggart said he thought Deondre Francois was sharp early in the game, but as the game went on the entire offense (not just Francois) was trying to make the big play to get back in the game rather than the right play.

Taggart also gave updates on several key players. DeCalon Brooks and Cole Minshew are both out with concussions, but are expected back for Saturday’s game. Taggart said Jaiden Woodbey, who left with a shoulder injury, was feeling better after the game. The only injury that he didn’t sound confident about was an ankle sprain to offensive lineman Landon Dickerson. He said they are treating it with caution heading into the game against Samford.

“A big guy with an ankle sprain is not good.”

Willie Taggart meets with the media

Willie Taggart speaks with the media prior to the first practice of Samford Week.

Posted by on Wednesday, September 5, 2018