In the bowl game, USF faced South Carolina out of the SEC in the Birmingham Bowl where they put up 469 yards of offense against a Will Muschamp defense.
What Taggart was able to do at Oregon was more impressive when week-in and week-out he played against better opponents. Last season, his offense put up 42 points against Nebraska, 35 against Arizona State, 45 against Cal, 41 against Utah, 48 against Arizona and 69 against Oregeon State going 6-6. The Ducks were averaging over 400 yards a game in conference before their starting quarterback went down with an injury.
Arguably, Taggart could’ve completely shifted power in PAC 12 if he didn’t lose his starting QB.
Taggart’s ability to coach, recruit and teach in the last three years is why FSU fans have confidence in him as the new Chief. Add to that having the number one recruiting class in the nation before leaving Oregon.
He describes his offense as lethal simplicity; looking at what he’s been able to accomplish with lesser talent as well as when his players are established is what leads many to believe he will be successful at FSU. FSU is not lacking talent, Jimbo Fisher consistently recruited some of the best classes in the nation and Taggart was able to pull in a good class in his first year.
Looking at his past successes along with what is on the roster at QB, with two talented gun-slingers competing up until the Labor Day kick off against Virginia Tech, is why many believe it’s not out of the realm of possibility he could have major success in year one at FSU. The schedule is tough, but with the balance his offenses have and the fact no one knows exactly what to expect could make FSU a sleeping giant.
As with everything, context is key.
(James Coleman played fullback at FSU from 2002-2005; you can follow him on Twitter @biggamejames36)
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