Odell Haggins took FSU by storm out of Bartow, Fla. starring at noseguard for FSU teams that pushed the Seminoles into the national limelight.
Recruited as a linebacker, Haggins showed an immediate knack for fighting off blocks and taking advantage of his tremendous strength along the line. He earned All-South Independent in 1987 and first team honors in 1988 and ’89, along with Associated Press second team honors as a junior.
His senior year was one for the ages as he totaled 100 tackles and 5.5 quarterback sacks which are statistics for a noseguard. He was named a first team All-American by Walter Camp, Kodak and the AFCA, and to the second team by Football News and UPI.
FSU finished second in the country (11-1) in 1987, third (11-1) in 1988 and third his senior season with a 10-2 record in 1989.
After playing three years in the NFL and a brief stint out of football, Odell was hired by Bobby Bowden as an assistant coach in 1994 and completed his 22nd season in 2017.
Haggins was tabbed to serve as FSU’s head coach for the last two games of the 2017 season in place of Jimbo Fisher and led the Seminoles to two wins, including in the Independence Bowl, which preserved Florida State’s streak of 40 straight winning seasons.