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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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The Chase Ends; The Journey Is Set To Begin

In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai discuss “The Chase” and the ongoing efforts to change the culture surrounding the program.

Whether you wanted Jimbo Fisher to stay or you’re happy that he left, the one thing that is not debatable is the culture within the program was broken. The first signs of this can be traced back to the 2014 season and the issues continued to mount until the day he finally resigned.

For Willie Taggart, in order to change the on-field results this season, he must first change the sense of entitlement and lack of accountability that ruined what was a championship culture  just 4 short years ago.

That change officially began with Willie Taggart’s offseason conditioning program called “The Chase”.  It was the first chance for the players to get on the field and work with their new coaches.  Now that it’s concluded, the one major takeaway from The Chase is that they players once again realize that it’s ok to work hard AND have fun.

Now that spring practice is around the corner, concerns have risen about Willie Taggart and his staff’s inexperience when it comes to coaching in big games.  Another concern that’s been voiced is the fact that Taggart’s teams have been heavily penalized.

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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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Noles Lose To Bama; Francois Out For The Season

In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc & Nolebra Kai discuss the Noles’ 24-7 loss to Alabama.

Eleven points in 13 seconds due to unacceptable special teams play put a hard fought, winnable game out of reach. To literally add injury to insult, Deondre Francois suffered a season ending knee injury.  Now FSU must turn to true freshman James Blackman to lead the offense going forward.

The defense played at a championship level, holding Alabama to 269 total yards. If FSU is going to achieve any of their preseason goals, the defense must continue to play at a high level while the offense adjusts to James Blackman as the new starting quarterback.

A season’s worth of special team blunders were committed in this game including a blocked field goal, blocked punt, fumbled kickoff return and several short punts. This continues a pattern of special teams regression that started in 2014.  Should Jay Graham be relieved of his special team coordinator duties?

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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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2017 Fall Camp Week 3 Review

In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc. & Nolebra Kai recap the 3rd week of FSU’s 2017 fall camp.

Backup center Baveon Johnson will miss the 2017 season with a torn meniscus. With his injury, Alec Eberle’s health and improved play become even more important if FSU is to compete for a National Title this season.

Keith Gavin continues to receive high praise from Jimbo Fisher. Despite not recording a single catch as a freshman, we wouldn’t be surprised if he is FSU’s leading receiver this season.

Deondre Francois was kicked out of practice by Jimbo Fisher this week. He now joins Jameis Winston, Rashad Greene, Lamarcus Joyner and many other great players that have been kicked out of practice for one reason or another.

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2017 Fall Camp Week 1 Review

In this episode of the Renegade Report, Herc. & Nolebra Kai recap the first week of fall camp.

Week 1 began with Jimbo Fisher’s introductory press conference and ended with an open practice inside Doak Campbell Stadium.

An already thin unit took a hit when wide receiver Da’Vante Phillips was arrested and charged with 5 felonies. Malique Jackson has switched from cornerback to receiver in a last ditch effort to earn some playing time. George Campbell being healthy instantly went from being a bonus to being a necessity.

The starting offensive line caught many in the fanbase off guard with Rick Leonard starting at left tackle and Derrick Kelly taking starting reps at right tackle. Alec Eberle seems to be cemented as the starting center.

Levonta Taylor is currently taking first teams reps at the field corner position. What other young DBs are inline for significant playing time?

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2017 Fall Camp Preview

In this episode of The Renegade Report, Herc. & Nolebra Kai preview the start of FSU’s 2017 fall camp.

The Seminoles enter the 2017 season with high expectations. Most project FSU to be a top 5 team in the initial rankings and a September 2nd date with Alabama is the talk of college football.

If the Noles are to live up to the hype this season, there are some key questions that need to be answered in fall camp.

The most important question that needs to be answered is who will be the starting offensive line and how much have they improved. Deondre Francois took a beating last season and without a quality backup, his health is the key to this team reaching their full potential.

Defensively, the 2017 Seminoles are loaded with talent, depth and experience at every level. The question is what role with everyone play and are they ready to deal with no huddle – hurry up offenses?

FSU was routinely on the losing end of the special teams, hidden yardage stats in 2016. Improvement in that area should be another focus of fall camp.

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