Taggart: Saturday's win a building block, team needs to focus on ball security

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By: Ryan Kelly | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
September 24, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Florida State found themselves back in the win column on Saturday, defeating Northern Illinois to pull back to .500 on the year with a 2-2 record through the first four weeks. New FSU head coach Willie Taggart seems pretty clear; he thinks Saturday could be a building block for the team.

"I saw it then, guys just coming out and playing and finding a way to win the ballgame and saw ourselves get better," Taggart said in his Monday press conference. "I think there's a lot of confidence in our locker room but they also, guys also understand we're nowhere near where we need to be and there's a lot of work to be done."

Some of the work still to be done lies in the form of ball security; the Noles have a -4 turnover margin so far in 2018 and have fumbled the football 10 times, losing six of them.

Taggart said holding onto the football is imperative and those who don't will be held accountable.

"We, as coaches have to be making sure guys are taking care of it or they can't run the football," he said. "We can't put the ball in their hands if they're going to continue to put it on the ground: It's got to
be that important."

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