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Analyzing the New Staff: Walt Bell

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Out with the old and in with the new. Coach Taggart’s fully assembled coaching staff only has one mainstay compared to Jimbo Fisher’s staff, which happens to be Odell Haggins. With that being the case, ‘Noles fans have nine new assistant coaches to get to know next season, and we are beginning a new weekly series to offer you the first look at each.

This week we are introducing quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator, Walt Bell. The rising offensive genius is the youngest coach on the staff at only 33 years old. Bell joins the Seminoles after serving as the Offensive Coordinator and QB coach at the University of Maryland for two years. Before Coach Bell accepted the position with the Terps, he was Assistant Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator, and Quarterbacks Coach for Arkansas State.

Bell’s play calling at his previous stops has led to incredible numbers on the offensive side of the ball, for both the running game and attacking through the air. Bell like to keep things simple for his quarterbacks, which match up perfectly with Willie Taggart’s “Lethal Simplicity” and his Gulf Coast Offense. Seminoles fans should get extremely excited about the fact that Walt Bell’s previous offenses have been known utilize many trick plays. While Willie Taggart will still be calling the plays on game days, Bell is almost assured to be involved in the play calling and game planning process.

Hailing from Dickson, Tennessee, a small suburb of Nashville, Bell attended and played for Middle Tennessee State University. An interesting fact about his time spent with the Blue Raiders is that he was actually a college roommate of country music star, Sam Hunt, while they were at Middle Tennessee. After graduating, Bell began his coaching career for the University of Memphis as a grad assistant in 2007, the first of seven stops before Tallahassee. Even though he’s served in a variety of locations already in his still young career, Bell has previously stated at the 2018 National Signing Day party that Florida State is a job that when it’s offered to you, “you don’t ask questions, you just go.”

Coach Bell has a tremendous task ahead of him in developing and coaching the next great quarterback at Florida State. With that being said, Bell is off to a quick start with making sure that the Seminoles are covered at the position for years to come, with Sun Valley quarterback Sam Howell announcing his commitment to FSU this week. Since Coach Bell was the first to offer Howell a scholarship while he was still at Maryland, it’s clear that his diligence ended up paying big dividends in Florida State receiving their first QB commitment of the Willie Taggart era. The impact of Howell’s commitment cannot be understated and illustrates the recruiting prowess of Bell, which will be instrumental over the upcoming years. As Florida State fans, it is my belief that we need to cherish Walt Bell as the Offensive Coordinator now because it’s extremely likely it won’t be long until he is offered a head coaching position elsewhere.

With Coach Taggart calling the plays and Coach Bell heavily involved in the game planning process, I believe that it’s a safe assumption that the Seminoles offense is poised to break out in 2018.


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