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Taggart has yet to sign quarterback for Seminoles, says he has 'pretty good plan'

Seminoles try to reload after streak of 41 winning seasons, 36 bowl games ends

Florida State Seminoles head coach Willie Taggart, center, leads his team onto the field before a game against the Florida Gators at Bobby Bowden Field at Doak S. Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Willie Taggart has yet to sign a quarterback since coming to Tallahassee, but the second-year Florida State head coach insists he has a plan.

The Seminoles signed six players Wednesday, including two offensive linemen. It's a position that was much maligned during the 5-7 campaign of 2018.

Florida State finished Taggart's debut season with a losing record for the first time since 1976, ending a streak of 41 consecutive winning seasons and 36 straight bowl appearances.

Taggart hired former Houston offensive coordinator Kendall Briles to the same position after Walt Bell left to become head coach at Massachusetts.

Bell's departure ultimately doomed the Seminoles in their quest for North Carolina recruit Sam Howell, who opted to stay close to home and sign with the Tar Heels instead.

Taggart recently dismissed last year's starting quarterback Deondre Francois amid a domestic abuse allegation involving his girlfriend, leaving the Seminoles short in depth at arguably the most important position on the field.

"We have a plan, I think a pretty good plan," Taggart said when asked about the position, though he declined to divulge it.

Taggart admitted that the NCAA transfer portal and graduate transfers are "always options for us," but he said it's more important "to get the right kind of guy here, especially at that position."

"We invested in someone (last year) and we missed on him," Taggart said. "So that's on us."

James Blackman, who started most of 2017 and one game last year, and Louisville transfer Jordan Travis are the only scholarship quarterbacks on the roster. Because Travis didn't graduate, he must sit out the 2018 season unless the NCAA grants him a hardship waiver.

Here's a look at the recruits who signed national letters of intent Wednesday:


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