Odell Haggins

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Associate Head Coach/Defensive Tackles Coach

• Odell Haggins was promoted to associate head coach in 2014 and is the longest-tenured member of the Florida State coaching staff, entering his 24th 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.

• Haggins has repeatedly developed future NFL pros while at Florida State. He has coached 17 defensive linemen that have been selected in the NFL Draft, including recent second-round picks Eddie Goldman (Chicago Bears, 2015) and Timmy Jernigan (Baltimore Ravens, 2014) and first-rounders Brodrick Bunkley (2006), Travis Johnson (2005), Corey Simon (2000) and Andre Wadsworth (1998). In 2015, Nile Lawrence-Stample captured All-ACC first team honors and signed a free agent contract with the Cleveland Browns following the season.

• Led by junior Derrick Nnadi and redshirt sophomore Demarcus Christmas, the defensive line enjoyed yet another successful season under Haggins in 2016. The Seminoles ranked first in the nation in sacks per game (3.92), while ranking fifth in the ACC in rushing defense (119.6). Under the guidance of Haggins, Nnadi (49 tackles, 10.5 TFL, and 6.0 sacks) was an All-ACC First Team selection, while Christmas (21 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 5 PBU), sophomore Wally Aime (17 tackles, blocked kick) and sophomore Fred Jones (15 tackles) were all productive from the interior tackle spots.

• Haggins’ defensive line anchored one of the nation’s best defenses. The Seminoles ranked ninth in the country in scoring defense (17.8), 19th in total defense (336.9) and 21st in passing defense (181.6). Most impressively, FSU allowed only 10 rushing touchdowns, fifth-fewest in the country, and improved from 17 sacks in 2014 to 32 in 2015. Nnadi (45 tackles, 2.0 sacks) joined Lawrence-Stample (36 tackles, 3.5 TFLs) on the all-conference squad, snagging third team accolades, while Christmas (19 tackles) emerged as a potential star.

• In 2014, Haggins oversaw a young interior defensive front line anchored by Goldman. Despite the youth on the defensive front, the Seminole defense still ranked in the top 30 in the country in six different categories. Goldman tallied a team-high 4.0 sacks, 8.0 tackles for loss and 35 total stops. He captured All-America third team honors from the Associated Press and was an All-ACC first team selection. The Seminoles advanced to the first-ever College Football Playoff, set a Florida State record with a 29-game winning streak and captured the program’s third straight Atlantic Coast Conference Championship. After Lawrence-Stample was injured in the season’s third game, Haggins got great production from redshirt junior Derrick Mitchell Jr. (20 tackles), senior Desmond Hollin (33 tackles, 4.0 TFLs) and Nnadi (18 tackles, 1.5 TFLs).

• A staunch interior defense played a prominent role in helping Florida State to its third national championship in the 2013 season. Jernigan, the Noles’ star nose guard, enjoyed another fine season as he earned All-America nods from several organizations including the Football Writers Association of America, Associated Press and USA TODAY. The high-powered run-stuffer in the trenches led a defensive front that surrendered just seven rushing touchdowns, the fewest 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 fronts, including allowing just 124.8 yards per game by opposing rushers. Opponents averaged just 3.3 yards per rush against the stout defensive front of the Seminoles, and FSU continued its strong pass rush, racking up 35 sacks in 2013.

• Following the 2013 season, Jernigan was the 48th overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Ravens, while two other veteran standout defensive tackles, Jacobbi McDaniel (Browns) and Demonte McAllister (Seahawks), signed professional contracts as free agents.

• The 2012 season saw three Seminole defensive tackles earn 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. FSU allowed opposing running backs just 2.75 yards per carry, which tied for fourth in the country.

• 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).

• 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 per game, 21st in tackles for loss and 42nd in total defense. The Seminoles tied with Boise State for first nationally in total sacks with 48.

• Named one of the six best defensive line coaches in college football by CBS Sports in 2008, Haggins has repeatedly turned out top-flight talent with Bunkley, Johnson, Simon and Wadsworth all being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. The No. 3 overall pick (Arizona) in the 1998 draft, Wadsworth remained the highest drafted player in FSU history until Jameis Winston was selected No. 1 overall in 2015.

• 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, Goldman was selected with the 39th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears.

• 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 in 2012. For the fourth consecutive year, Haggins was named one of the top 25 recruiters in the nation by Rivals.com in 2014. In 2016, Haggins captured the same Top 25 mention from 247Sports. He has been a part of FSU staffs which have posted a 218-65 record with 22 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.