Taggart Era begins for FSU in season opener against Virginia Tech

By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
September 3, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Willie Taggart era is set to officially begin as Florida State hosts Virginia Tech on Monday in the 2018 season opener for both teams.

While some of the pressing questions surrounding FSU, mainly who will be the starting quarterback, have been answered, several still remain. Chief among them, how quickly will it take the Seminoles to be comfortable in running Taggart's new Gulf Coast Offense.

Along with that, how will Deondre Francois look in his first game after his season ended in last year's opener? How will Taggart handle his first game with the headset with the program? And so on and so forth.

But, if there's a silver lining for FSU fans, it's that Virginia Tech has a number of questions as well, especially on the defensive side of the ball. From the final game of 2017 to tonight, the Hokies have lost 10 players and a defensive coordinator due to either the NFL Draft, graduation or some sort of off-field issue.

What was a year ago one of the most daunting defenses in the ACC, allowing just 14.8 points and 319.3 yards per game (both second-best numbers behind Clemson), is now having to rebuild on the fly.

So, what is going to give? Is Taggart's new offense going to click right off the bat and give the Hokie defense issues it will be unable to recover from? Or is VT's departures much to do about nothing and they'll pick up right where they left off in 2017?

Only time will tell, and we'll find out come 8 p.m.

For those unable to attend the game, it'll be available on ESPN.

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