Florida State lost a handful of NFL talent on the defensive line this off-season but the 'Noles boast a roster full of potential stars ready to step up in their absence.
As part of an ongoing series of articles, get a glimpse of each member of FSU's 2013 signing class. Up next: early-enrollee linebacker Freddie Stevenson.
As part of an ongoing series of articles, get a glimpse of each member of FSU's 2013 signing class. Up next: defensive tackle Keith Bryant.
Seminoles.com's Brandon Mellor looks back at what each returning football player did in 2012 and looks ahead at what to expect from them when spring practices get started.
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Odell Haggins, who was promoted to associate head coach in 2014, is the longest-tenured member of the Florida State coaching staff as he enters his 21st season at the school where he starred on the defensive line from 1986-89. He began his career as a tight ends/offensive line coach in 1994 with the Seminoles and took over the interior defensive line duties in 1996, where he has remained a fixture and helped the Seminoles to a pair of national titles in 1999 and 2013.
A staunch interior defense played a prominent role in helping Florida State to its third national championship in the 2013 season. Nose guard Timmy Jernigan enjoyed another fine season as he earned All-America nods from several organizations including the FWAA, Associated Press and USA TODAY. The high-powered run-stuffer in the trenches led a defensive front that surrendered just seven rushing touchdowns, the lowest in the nation. Florida State's defensive tackles paved the way for the nation's top scoring defense (12.1 ppg) and the third-best total defense (281.4 ypg). The work of the front four was noticeable on several ends, including allowing just 124.8 yards per game by opposing rushers. A small average of 3.3 yards per rush was made against the stout defensive front of the Seminoles, and FSU continued its pass rush that has wreaked havoc on the opposition with 35 sacks in 2013.
Following the season, Jernigan was the 48th overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens, while two other veteran standout defensive tackles, Jacobbi McDaniel (Browns) and Demonte McAllister (Seahawks), signed professional contracts as free agents.
The 2012 season was another banner year for Haggins' charges on the interior defensive line as three Seminole defensive tackles earned All-ACC honors with senior Everett Dawkins and sophomore Jernigan capturing All-ACC Second Team honors, while senior Anthony McCloud picked up All-ACC Honorable Mention accolades. In part due to suffocating pressure up front, the Seminoles ranked second in the nation in total defense in 2012, yielding just 254.14 yards per contest. The `Noles also ranked first in the nation in pass efficiency defense (95.43), pass defense (161.86), third in rushing defense (92.29) and sixth in scoring defense (14.71). FSU allowed opposing running backs just 2.75 yards per carry, which ranked in a tie for fourth in the country. The core of Dawkins, Jernigan, McCloud and McAllister combined to register 129 tackles, including 15.5 for loss in 2012.
Haggins has been able to build depth with his interior defensive line group that at one point in 2011 was four-deep at each position. That season, his regular rotation of McCloud, Dawkins, Cameron Erving and freshman All-American Jernigan produced 100 tackles, including 16.5 behind the line of scrimmage. FSU's run defense allowed opposing backs to average just 2.35 yards per carry, which led all 120 FBS programs. The Seminoles ranked fourth nationally in total defense (275.0), second in rushing defense (82.69), fourth in scoring defense (15.1), eighth in tackles for loss (8.62) and tied for eighth in sacks (3.08 per game). The Seminoles led the ACC in eight different defensive categories. Jernigan earned first team freshman All-American honors from several publications after posting 30 tackles, six tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.
Haggins helped produce one of the best defensive lines in the nation in 2010 as the Seminoles ranked third in the nation in quarterback sacks, 21st in tackles for loss and 42nd in total defense. The Seminoles tied with Boise State for first nationally in total sacks with 48 sacks. Three of his defensive tackles - Dawkins, McCloud and McDaniel - were among the top 15 tacklers on the team.
Named one of the six best defensive line coaches in college football by CBS Sports columnist Dennis Dodd in 2008, Haggins has repeatedly turned out top-flight talent. Since the 2000 season he has coached nine defensive tackles that have been selected in the NFL Draft.
The litany of standouts that Haggins has coached includes four first round draft picks: Brodrick Bunkley (2006), Travis Johnson (2005), Corey Simon (2000) and Andre Wadsworth (1998). Wadsworth began his career at the nose guard position before moving to defensive end. The No. 3 overall pick (Arizona) in the 1998 draft, Wadsworth remains the highest drafted player in FSU history.
In addition to the first-rounders, Haggins' pupils have also included Pro Bowler Darnell Dockett (third round) - whom he recruited and mentored - Larry Smith (second), Andre Fluellen (third), Jerry Johnson (fourth), Julian Pittman (fourth) and Letroy Guion (fifth). Most recently, Jernigan was selected 48th in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft by Baltimore to add to Haggins' growing list of NFL draft picks.
Haggins has won at every level as a player and a coach. He was on the front end of Florida State's dynasty years, starring at nose guard for the Seminoles. FSU posted a 39-8-1 record with Haggins in the lineup from 1986-89 and he was part of four bowl-winning teams. He earned Kodak, Walter Camp and UPI All-American honors as a senior in 1989.
A ninth-round pick in the 1990 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, Haggins went on to play for the Buffalo Bills during their 1991 Super Bowl season. Following a three-year NFL career, he returned to Florida State, completed his degree and joined Bobby Bowden's staff following the Seminoles' 1993 national championship season.
As an assistant coach, Haggins has established himself as an outstanding recruiter, developer of talent and a role model to his players. He earned ACC Top Recruiter of the Year honors from ESPN.com in 2012. For the third consecutive year, Haggins was named one of the top 25 recruiters in the nation by Rivals.com in 2013. He has been a part of FSU staffs which have posted a 195-61 record with 20 consecutive bowl appearances.
Haggins' 1999 defensive front included future NFL standouts Corey Simon and Jerry Johnson, who were instrumental in FSU's 12-0 run to the national championship.
The Seminoles boasted the nation's top-ranked defense in 1998 and the No. 1 rushing defense in 1996 and 1997. The 2008 defense ranked first nationally in tackles for loss.
Haggins and his wife, Robin, have one daughter, Amelia Grace.