Barnett looks to build dominant defense in Tallahassee

It goes without saying that last season was a complete disaster for Florida State on the gridiron. With that said, of the three phases of the game, the defense did show signs of life at times. Harlon Barnett’s unit ranked 37th nationally in the S&P rankings and while that is not meeting the expectation at Florida State, it was leaps and bounds ahead of the offense and special teams.

With what should be an improved offense under new OC Kendal Briles, the defense should be put in better situations allowing them to thrive in 2019.

Barnett recently spoke about the defense with Gene Deckerhoff on a spring edition of Florida State’s coaches show.

“We feel like we have to be better,” Barnett said. “We’re at Florida State. This place has been known to produce some really, really dominant defenses. And there’s no reason we can’t do it right now under Coach Taggart.”

The focus on the defensive side of the ball has been building on places where they found success a season ago.

For Barnett, he knows it all starts up front and feels good about the pieces he has to work with. The anchor of the front four will be rising junior Marvin Wilson who continues to impress Barnett.

“It’s hard to imagine that he could get even stronger, but he is stronger. He’s a big physical, nasty defensive lineman like you like ’em.”

The second-year coordinator also complimented Cory Durden, Robert Cooper, and Cedric Wood.

“Those guys up front are really controlling their gaps and doing what we ask them to to do. They’re doing a fantastic job.”

With a boatload of talent in the secondary, an improved front four will be a great foundation as Barnett looks to bring Florida States defense back to dominance.

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