Florida State coach Willie Taggart talks about FSU’s class on National Signing Day.
Wayne McGahee III, Tallahassee Democrat
Before the sun even rose Monday morning, the Florida State football team was at work.
The Seminoles began their offseason workouts — titled “The Chase” — early Monday morning at the Albert J. Dunlap Athletic Training Facility.
“And so it begins. ‘The Chase’….Time to compete,” new FSU wide receivers coach and former Seminole wideout Ron Dugans tweeted at 5:41 a.m. on Monday.
FSU head coach Willie Taggart has been running The Chase since his time at South Florida.
The early-morning workouts are divided into four quarters. The roster is split into teams and points are earned for results in drills ranging from tug of war to agility drills.
The points are tabulated at the end of the offseason workouts — which lasted just over two weeks last year — and the winning team is determined.
In its first year at FSU, The Chase brought noticeable improvement to the team’s fitness level as evidenced by the pictures posted to social media during last year’s program.
The Chase will lead up to the Seminoles opening spring practice March 4. FSU will conclude its spring practice with the Garnet and Gold Spring Game April 6 and opens its 2019 season against Boise State in Jacksonville on Aug. 31.