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Willie Taggart provides glimpse into future during FSU spring game

Khalan Laborn was the star of the Florida State Spring game

Secondary has talent

I can’t wait until we see the secondary together and operating as a complete unit. Actually, I want to see the entire defense, but I’m going to focus on the secondary.

Stanford Samuels (Lil’ Boosie) is the next star and Hamsah “Black Ice” Nasirildeen had a few plays where he could’ve put a guy on the injury report – he loves contact.

Quarterback competition?

No matter what gets clicks, there is no quarterback battle in my humble opinion. Hockman looked good and had some incredible throws and so did Blackman. The difference is “Slim Reaper” did more with less which I expected him to do.

He’s the leader and should make everyone around him better. He’s also very competitive and didn’t expect less of himself. I’m sure I’ll spend more time writing about the quarterbacks later and break down the competition in more detail, but based on what I’ve seen and the uncertainty around Deondre Francois between his injury rehab and drug offense, it seems like QB1 for FSU happens to wear No. 1.

Wrapping up other notable happenings this spring, I think Brian Burns and Demarcus Christmas are going to stand out this fall on the defensive line. The energy of the crowd was way better than I expected – it had the feel of a noon kickoff against a directional school, which is big for FSU as I don’t remember playing in front of 60,000 during spring games.

Willie Taggart really impressed me by going around the entire stadium and shaking hands with every fan who reached over the railing. Really, this is the most important part. Spring games are fun, but all the implementation and real work was done up to this point, like NFL preseason games.

The Taggart era is going in the right direction.

RELATED: Brian Burns poised to become FSU’s next dominant pass-rusher.

(James Coleman played fullback at Florida State from 2002-2005; you can follow him on Twitter @biggamejames36)

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