FSU coach Willie Taggart spoke about the early signing period class.
Wayne McGahee III, Tallahassee Democrat
Florida State special teams coordinator Alonza Hampton has been relieved of his duties according to a report by The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman.
Hampton was hired by FSU last January to fix the Seminoles’ special teams issues, but instead of getting better, the special teams unit got worse.
The Seminoles finished the year with the No. 95 overall special teams unit according to the S&P+.
The unit was plagued by penalties all season long and struggled to get 11 players on the field at times even at the end of the season. It played a major role in FSU finishing the season 5-7.
The kickoff return unit finished the year ranked 78th in college football averaging 19.64 yards per returns and the kickoff coverage team ranked 124th allowing 25.42 yards per returns.
Kicker Ricky Aguayo made just 11 of his 17 field goal attempts during the 2018 season.
FSU’s punt return unit averaged 11.95 yards per return, but most of the 251 punt return yards for the Seminoles came against Miami when sophomore D.J. Matthews had 10 returns for 133 yards and a touchdown.
Punter Logan Tyler had a career year averaging 43.23 yards per punt and set the program record for most punt yards in a single season with 3,545 yards.
Hampton had previously worked with Taggart at South Florida as the defensive backs coach and at Oregon in an off-field capacity.
Hampton’s departure leaves an open position on Taggart’s staff. FSU has already hired offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Kendal Briles from Houston after the departure of Walt Bell to UMass.
More coaching changes are expected for the Seminoles in the coming weeks.