To include Odell Haggins as the two options for the MVP of the first half to play his part of his memorable Seminole Rap in the Jumbotron, Florida state officials made his interim coach feel loved.
Haggins, a former FSU player and the longest serving badistant on staff, thanked FSU president John Thrasher and athletic director Stan Wilcox for the opportunity to lead the program. After Jimbo Fisher resigned on Friday to become the next Texas A & M coach, Haggins led the Seminoles to a 42-10 victory over Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday.
"Being here for 24 years, I never thought I would be in this situation," Haggins said. . "I am very honored that you have come to see me."
Haggins began his coaching career in Tallahbadee in 1994 after playing defensive tackle for the Seminoles from 1986-1989. He became the defensive tackles coach two years later and has held the post since then, adding the badociate trainer title in 2014.
"There is no better person in this program to take a step forward and train this team" , the FSU center Alec Eberle said. "You can pay that guy's minimum wage and he would still be here and train football." He loves this program so much. "
Few current players know Haggins better than senior defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi, and his praise of Haggins was effusive.
" I have nothing but respect and nothing but love for him. " Nnadi said, "I sincerely feel that my life changed for the better."
Haggins was asked during his postgame press conference what this honor meant to him, and each time he quickly pushed the praise elsewhere. 19659009] "It's not just me. It's about everyone, "Haggins said before counting a long list of staff members." We all had a job to finish. I am very happy for our children. That's the main. "
" He really bleeds garnet and gold, "added USF defender Derwin James." He always talks about the team, and never talks about himself. "
While FSU awaits his fate, Haggins said the body The coach plans to continue his recruiting efforts before pursuing another victory this season.
"My main goal is to make sure our kids do what they're supposed to do," Haggins said. "Be prepared for what's next."
AKERS NUMBERS: After racking up 117 yards in the win over the ULM, first-year running back Cam Akers approaches the story of the program.
Akers, who now has 931 rushing yards this season, he placed second in the FSU freshmen record book on Saturday, beating Greg Allen, who scored 888 yards in 1981.
With just the rest of the game, Akers needs 78 yards to overcome Dalvin Cook and take over the first-year career record set in 2014 (1,008 yards).
MATTHEW ADVANCE: DJ Matthews was given a special birthday gift on Saturday when he scored his first career touchdown on FSU in the second quarter against ULM.
Co-offenders Randy Sanders and Lawrence Dawsey, who shared the game duties, used Matthews regularly in the slot against the Warhawks. He finished the game with a pair of catches for 23 yards, both more than he had during the first 11 games of the FSU this year.
GO TO BOWLING: With the victory, FSU is now presented with a number of bowl game options to end the 2017 season. The most likely of these options are the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La . And the Gasparilla Bowl in St. Petersburg on December 21.
A representative of the Independence Bowl was present at the game.