What FSU recruits can expect from their new coach

FSU’s head football coach James Franklin, who was hired last month, will return to the team for his first season in his role.

He replaces Dave Doeren, who left the program to coach the Orlando Pirates.

The FSU football program announced the hire on Twitter.

Franklin, a former Florida State defensive coordinator, coached FSU from 2003-2011, leading the program from 2008-2010.

He served as head coach from 2007-2009 and as offensive coordinator from 2005-2007.

Franklin also spent four years as the offensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2007 to 2010.

The Florida State staff also will add a number of returning players, including linebacker Jarrad Davis, who will be joining the program for his second season.

A source told ESPN that FSU has recruited several players who are not currently on the team, including cornerback Jordan Richards and safety Malik Jones.

In 2017, Richards was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year after starting all 13 games for the Seminoles and collecting seven interceptions, seven passes defensed, six fumble recoveries and seven tackles for loss.

In 2016, Jones became the first player in FSU history to have three consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons.

He also had six 1,500-yard seasons in 2014 and 2013.

Jones was a second-team All-ACC pick in 2016 and was a first-team all-conference pick in 2013 and 2013, as well as a first team All-America selection in 2010.

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