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Monday, November 12, 2018

Willie Taggart is all about Florida State’s new ‘turnover backpack’

Willie Taggart FSU

We have seen many variations of the turnover chain that Miami made popular last season, and Florida State has put its own spin on the trend this year. While some coaches might frown upon a sideline gimmick like that, Willie Taggart is all for it.

If you watched Florida State’s win over Samford last weekend, you may have noticed defensive players sporting a luxury backpack on the sidelines after turnovers.

Taggart said the idea stemmed from defensive players wanting to “secure the bag,” and it was hard for the Seminoles coach to oppose the idea after five turnovers last weekend.

“They wanted to do something for turnovers and they decided they wanted to secure the bag and that was their message — securing the bag,” Taggart said, per Katherine Wright of the Orlando Sentinel. “They secured it five times on Saturday. I’m very impressed with it.”

You can’t blame a coach for embracing a trend that motivates his players take the ball away from the offense, no matter how silly it may seem. A turnover backpack is a lot less lavish what Boise State was using earlier this year, and we’re guessing teams will come up with some more ideas as the season rolls on.



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