He was the anchor up entrance for the Seminoles’ defensive position the previous three seasons, earned All-ACC honors in 2018 and just lately participated within the Senior Bowl.
Christmas performed beneath Fisher and Taggart throughout his collegiate profession. Adjusting from one scheme to one other was a tough transition for the Florida native and the remainder of workforce all through final season. The Seminoles’ first dropping marketing campaign since 1976 was a tricky tablet to swallow for the Florida State fan base.
The workforce struggled mightily on either side of the ball. Florida State’s offense has gone by some tough patches through the years, nonetheless its’ protection has all the time remained a constant bunch up till final season.
The Seminoles’ protection went from permitting 21.2 factors per sport in 2017 to 31.5 in 2018. The unit additionally went from permitting 331.1 complete yards per sport two years in the past to 416.three final season.
“We ran two different defenses, with Coach Jimbo it was more of a read defense and with Coach Taggart it was less read and go attack,” Christmas mentioned. “It was really just about learning, having to learn a new playbook kind of had us using old techniques.”
The six-foot-four, 305-pounder admits it was’t simple adjusting to every part. Christmas didn’t have as a lot manufacturing as his junior 12 months and generated eight much less tackles with no sacks his senior season.
“I thrived under both systems, although my numbers wasn’t as high this year,” he mentioned. “With the scheme, putting in my old playbook and the techniques of it, and then trying to install the new was kind of slowing me down, because I was so used to reading.”
Christmas feels Taggart has this system headed in the appropriate course and the dropping season received’t go down in useless.
“The guys are motivated off of that season and use it as adversity,” he mentioned. “Now it’s time to show up.”
The College Football world was delivered a shocker when Taggart dismissed beginning quarterback Deondre Francois from the workforce for home violence accusations. Still, Florida State ought to be in good arms with James Blackmon. After all, the younger signal-caller has already thrown for two,740 yards and 25 touchdowns in his brief profession.
Florida State will certainly want higher offensive line play within the fall to preserve Blackmon upright. The Seminoles constructed a profitable custom by having nice quarterbacks, receivers and a tenacious protection. Florida State will set up itself again within the higher echelon of College Football when that occurs.
Taggart’s first-full recruiting cycle might be full Wednesday and can function a Top-15 class for February’s Signing Period. That’ll deliver some momentum to this system. The gamers might be anticipated to carry out higher after a 12 months of expertise in Taggart’s system.
“When I was down there I talked to a couple of them and they was ready to go,” Christmas mentioned. “Their work ethic, they already started their off-season.”