How could I make a list of things to be thankful for with Seminole fans without including associate head coach/defensive tackles coach Odell Haggins. The legendary assistant coach has been on Florida State’s coaching staff for the past 30 seasons. The Bartow (FL) native played on the defensive side of the football for the Seminoles from 1985-1989 and is the definition of being a “Nole for Life”.
The defensive tackle position group has been productive for Florida State. Players such as redshirt senior Fabien Lovett Sr., redshirt senior Braden Fiske, redshirt senior Dennis Briggs Jr., redshirt junior Malcolm Ray, junior Darrell Jackson Jr., and redshirt sophomore Joshua Farmer, among others, have been notable pieces for Haggins to develop this season.
Unfortunately, the Seminoles have not seen Darrell Jackson Jr. this season due to his waiver not getting approved after transferring from the Miami Hurricanes due to his ailing family member (his second transfer of his collegiate career). With the fall semester at Florida State ending in December, he will be eligible to play during the Seminoles’ bowl game.
It could have been ideal for Odell Haggins to leave Tallahassee during four coaching changes in the last thirteen years, but he has remained committed to the program and that is something to certainly be thankful for.