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2018 Spring Football game preview

Haylee Blitch/NoleGameday

Explosive scoring plays, creative blitz packages, and ice ice baby? Yeah, the spring football game is finally almost here. It feels like ages since we’ve since Florida State in game action on the football field. Now, it’s just days away from becoming reality.

A lot has happened since the Seminoles dismantled Southern Miss in the Independence Bowl. New head man Willie Taggart has filled his staff, made a monumental close on the recruiting trail, and reinvigorated the life within this program.

He’s done all of the right things off of the field. Changing the team’s atmosphere, bringing back traditions from the past, and bringing Bobby Bowden back to campus are just a few of the ways he’s gained favor with the fanbase. It’s time to see if Taggart and his staff can do the right things on the field with this talented roster. The spring game will be our first chance to see their product in action.

– Game Info

Date: Saturday, April 14

Time: 6 p.m. EST

Location: Doak Campbell Stadium

Projected weather: Mostly sunny, 10% chance of precipitation

– Festivities

The Baseball team will face off against Duke in the second game of a three-game series at 2 p.m. EST. It’ll be the first time since 2013 that football and baseball coincide on campus at the same time.

A concert and fireworks display will be held following the game. Vanilla Ice and Salt-N-Pepa headline the performers.

– Returning Traditions

The end zone paint will be returning to their styles from the 90s.

The Spirit Spear is back in digital form.

Over 300 former Seminoles are expected to be back in Tallahassee for Taggart’s debut.

– The Draft

FSU selected the garnet and gold teams with a draft. Taggart named linebackers coach Raymond Woodie the head coach for the Garnet team while defensive ends coach Mark Snyder will lead the Gold squad.

Each team was also tasked with recruiting two free agents to their roster. Demarcus Christmas and DJ Matthews joined the Garnet team as free agents. James Blackman and Brian Burns were the selections for the Gold team.

Taggart played the role of commissioner. When players were drafted they walked up to their stage, were handed their jersey, and posed for a picture for the head coach. And the team was hyped up with the process, blaring music and showing excitement for their teammates throughout the draft.

The first overall selections for each side were both on the offensive line. The Garnet team selected Derrick Kelly while the Gold team took Corey Martinez.

All players who weren’t selected in the 36-pick draft will be recruited as free agents to the garnet or gold teams.

– The Teams

Garnet:

Demarcus Christmas and DJ Matthews joined the team as free agents.

Gold:

James Blackman and Brian Burns joined the team as free agents.


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