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Despite relatively slow pace with hires, Willie Taggart’s staff at FSU could be complete soon

Willie Taggart
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If FSU misses on Locksley, that leaves JaMarcus Shephard, currently Purdue’s wide receivers coach/passing game coordinator and a guy who was an analyst on Taggart’s staff at Western Kentucky. That is a huge drop-off from Locksley. Shephard is a good coach, but he definitely doesn’t have the same kind of résumé. Shephard can recruit, but can he truly give assistance to Taggart in game-planning?

Potentially, though, both he and Locksley could be hired. That would make the offensive staff on par with anything in the ACC.

Here is how I think this will shake out.

HC: Taggart
OC/QB: Locksley
RB: Pimpleton
WR: Shephard
OL: Frey
TE: Lockette
DC: Barnett
DE: Snyder
DT: Haggins
LB: Woodie
DB: Guidry

That would make Hampton a well-paid analyst. I know Taggart said Hampton would have an on-field job. But I also heard Taggart said he wouldn’t consider an OC or a quarterback coach – then he met with Locksley. Adding Locksley and Shephard? That’s too tough to turn down. Now get it done and get to ‘crooting.

(James Coleman played fullback at Florida State from 2002-05; you can follow him on Twitter @biggamejames36)

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