Florida State is expected to retain the bulk of its coaching staff this offseason following a 10-win campaign in 2022 and much of the optimism surrounding the program.
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That said, the Seminoles will have to replace at least one field position coach in the coming weeks.
News broke Monday that Defensive Bucks coach and defensive passing game coordinator Marcus Woodson is leaving Florida to take the same position in Arkansas.
Woodson’s contract with the program expired on December 31, 2022, and the Seminoles didn’t seem interested in going for another extension. His tenure in the program had its ups and downs, as he struggled with Additionally, FSU, which has touted recruiters coming in, lost its number one prospect, Travis Hunter, to Jackson State at last year’s early sign-in day, leaving two of the top recruits in the 2023 class, Cormani McClain. Cornerback and cornerback Tony Mitchell didn’t factor.
The Mississippi native has ties to Arkansas through new defensive coordinator Travis Williams, who was hired by the Razorbacks in December. Woodson and Williams worked together at Auburn from 2018 to 2019. In 2019, Woodson served as defensive back coach and recruiting coordinator, while Williams served as co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.
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Prior to stints at Florida State University and Auburn, Woodson spent two seasons with Nobel in the same position in Memphis. After accepting a job with the Razorbacks, he spent five of his previous seven years working under Nobel in two different programs. Woodson also spent time at Fresno State (Defensive Backs), Charleston Southern (Defensive Backs/Defensive Passing Game Coordinator/Recruit Coordinator), and Millsaps College (Defensive Backs).
Woodson helped the Seminoles make two NFL draft picks while on the program. Both are scheduled for 2021. Asante Samuel Jr. (Chargers, Round 2) and Hamsa Nasiruddin (Jets, Round 6).
It’s unclear at this time if the change will affect the move of Virginia cornerback Fentrel Cypress or the acquisition of Syracuse safety transfer Jahad Carter. It’s assumed both players likely knew the news was on the way as his 2023 defensive signer at the high school level made his back move early Monday. He notified NoleGameday that he learned of This is obviously tough news to process as the high school prospect had just signed the Letter of Intent less than two weeks later.
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