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5 Disappointing Days Of FSU Football

In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc. & Nolebra Kai recap the Noles 36-26 victory over Samford and give our late thoughts on FSU’s Labor Day loss to Virginia Tech.

Defensive Coordinator Harlon Barnett said the most improvement happens between game 1 and game 2. If that’s the case, FSU fans better brace for a long, frustrating and disappointing season. Monday night the offense scored 3 points in 4 red zone opportunities. Saturday night, the defense allowed Samford to throw for 475 yards.

Needless to say, it was a disappointing 5 days of Noles’ Football but at the same time, it’s way too early to make any declarations about Willie Taggart’s coaching ability or his future success at FSU.

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2018 Season Preview & Predictions

In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai preview FSU’s 2018 season.

On Saturday, the team celebrated the end of fall camp and as expected, on Monday Deondre Francois was named the Seminoles’ starting QB against Virginia Tech. Now that it’s official, we preview the Labor Day matchup against the Hokies.

Balancing what we’ve seen from certain players with introducing a new offense and defense makes previewing the season tough but exciting. How much easier does the schedule get with the depth we have at running back and in the secondary? How much tougher does the schedule get with the lack of depth on the offensive line or inconsistent (at best) play from the linebackers? How many explosive plays can we expect from the passing game? Can this Willie Taggart led offense reverse the trend of being one of the more heavily penalized units?

Doing our best to answer those questions ultimately leads us to giving our game by game and overall record predictions for the 2018 season.

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2018 Training Camp – Week 2 Review

In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the 2nd week of FSU’s 2018 Training Camp.

After 4 days of practice at IMG Academy, week 2 concluded with a situational scrimmage that saw the offense finally get the best of the defense.

As the team prepares to turn their focus to Virginia Tech, there’s still no announcement on who will be the starting QB. Willie Taggart and Walt Bell both insist that the battle is still close and no one has done enough yet to seize the job.

Media Day provided some interesting quotes from both players and coaches.

We also give our thoughts on Willie Taggart being named as one of the most overrated coaches in college football by a group of anonymous coaches.

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2018 Training Camp – Week 1 Review

In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc. & Nolebra Kai recap the first week of FSU’s 2018 Training Camp.

The competition is far from over, but all indications are Deondre Francois had the best week of all the quarterbacks.

Barring injury, it’s safe to assume that the starting offensive line against Virginia Tech will be: Jauan Williams, Derrick Kelly, Alec Eberle, Cole Minshew and Landon Dickerson.

  • Which young receivers have the best chance of stealing reps from a veteran?
  • Will Josh Kaindoh remain a backup to Brian Burns or will he battle Janarius Robinson for the other starting defensive end spot?
  • Who starts at linebacker next to Dontavious Jackson?
  • Can DeCalon Brooks hold on to his starting job with Jaiden Woodbey trying to unseat him?
  • Who starts at safety next to Stanford Samuels III?
  • What’s going on with Hamsah Nasirildeen?

We also give our thoughts on the team practicing at IMG Academy for a week.

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2018 Training Camp Begins

In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai preview FSU’s 2018 Training Camp.

The first training camp under Willie Taggart begins Monday morning and the excitement is rampant across Nole Nation.

The quarterback battle will be the focus, but there are several other questions that must be answered before FSU kicks off against Virginia Tech.

In addition to previewing each position, we also discuss some of the offseason developments that have led us to this point.

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Defense Continues To Dominate As Spring Game Approaches

In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai recap the second scrimmage and give our overall impression of spring practice thus far.

It should come as no surprise that the defense got the better of the offense in both scrimmages. The offense is undergoing a complete makeover in terms of philosophy, tempo, and complexity while elements of Harlon Barnett’s cover 4 defense were present under Charles Kelly.  Not to mention, the majority of injuries to key players are on the offensive side of the ball.

Spring practice concludes with the Garnet & Gold game on Saturday and the teams have now been drafted.  We discuss the rosters and our expectations for the Spring Game.

We also discuss Bobby Bowden’s return to practice and what that signifies for the program.

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2018 Spring Practice Preview

In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc. & Nolebra Kai preview FSU’s 2018 spring practice.

We’ve seen signs that the culture surrounding the football program is changing. We’ve seen signs that the players are starting to have fun again. Now it’s time to see how well the players adjust to a new offensive and defensive scheme.

Spring practice begins on Wednesday and right now there are more questions than answers. Who has the upper hand at QB? How will the running back rotation shake out? Who will be the starters on the OLine? Is Tre McKitty ready to be the man at TE? Who steps up at DE behind Burns and Kaindoh? What is a reasonable expectation for the linebacker unit? Who starts in the secondary?

Aside from position battles, there are questions surrounding the new schemes being installed this spring. Will Taggart and Bell introduce more vertical passing concepts or focus primarily on the running game and horizontal passing attack?

Defensively, will Harlon Barnett continue to run his Cover 4 defense 80-90% of the time or will he go back to his Saban roots and try to be more multiple?

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Make No Excuses, Blame No One, Do Something!

In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc. & Nolebra Kai discuss the first few days of the Taggart Era at FSU.

It’s been 11 days since Willie Taggart was announced as the new head coach at Florida State. As expected, there’s a different energy surrounding the program and everyone is excited.

Music in practice and different uniform combinations are just a couple of changes that has players and fans excited. Speaking of uniforms, we propose a change to the standard away uniforms.

Now that Oregon has played their bowl game, we expect some coaching hires to be announced sooner than later.

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FSU vs Alabama Preview & Prediction

In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc. & Nolebra Kai preview the epic showdown between the Noles and Crimson Tide.

It’s been labeled as the “Greatest Opener of All Time” with #1 Alabama facing #3 FSU. To have any chance at winning, we believe FSU must do the following things:

Offensively, whether it’s moving the pocket, designed runs or scrambling, Deondre Francois needs to stay on the move.  The WR trio of Murray, Tate and Gavin must win one-on-one battles and make tough, contested catches.  We don’t expect the rushing attack to be very successful but we believe the running backs need to make their impact felt in the passing game.

Defensively, FSU must sell out to stop the run and make Jalen Hurts beat them passing the ball.  When Hurts drop back to pass, it’s imperative the pass rushers maintain their rush lanes and prevent him from scrambling.

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