By: Kevin Keane | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
August 29, 2018
Credit: FSU Athletics
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- It's been nearly 10 months since football has been played in Doak Campbell Stadium. Finally, this coming Monday, that will all change.
First-year head coach Willie Taggart says he's been here long enough, and he's ready to get the ball kicked off for his first game as head coach of the Seminoles.
At Wednesday's press conference, Taggart reiterated his vote of confidence to newly-named starting quarterback, Deondre Francois, saying he's done everything right both on and off the field and he's excited to see what he can do against the Hokies on Monday.
Taggart also said he'll have some butterflies in his stomach before kickoff. Growing up an FSU fan, this is his dream job, but he did say that excitement will all go away once toe meets leather.
While excitement has been building among fans since Taggart's hire, the players are joining fans in their excitement for new uniforms.
Taggart announced on Wednesday the Noles will wear all black kits on Monday, saying while it might not be for everyone, he's excited about them and more importantly, his players are excited to play in them.
"I let them choose and I have the final say in what we're going to do, but those guys come up with them and we figure we'll do that and every Monday we'll come out with what we're going to wear that week," Taggart said.
"I think it'll be fun; not for everyone to like, but I think our players will like it and I think there's some fans out there that'll like it as well. It'll be something different but, again, it doesn't matter as long as we go out and win."
Taggart continued to say while the challenge of going out and opening his tenure with the Seminoles against a conference foe is one thing, the big challenge will be trying to live up to a legacy.
Taggart's two predecessors combined for three national titles. The new head man says if he wants to be mentioned with those names, he's going to have to start winning and winning now.
"To be able to try and stand on the shoulders of those guys that came before me and did a great job says a lot about this program," he said. "It says those guys before me won a lot so I've got to go out and win a lot of ball games if I want to be part of those, too."