Florida State offensive coordinator Walt Bell might not be the primary play caller on game day with Willie Taggart calling his own offense, but Bell is finding ways to make a difference.
At 33, Bell is one of the younger offensive coordinators in major college football, and he’s using the fact he was playing collegiately (at Middle Tennessee State) himself just over a decade ago to connect to his players in ways that they’re not used to.
“Coach Bell has a lot of energy,” Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois said, according to Wayne McGahee III of the Tallahassee Democrat. “Much younger than our previous offensive coaches. … We can relate to him.”
Both in the quarterback room and on the recruiting trail, Bell’s youth can be beneficial. And with 11 years of coaching experience, that youth isn’t undercut by inexperience either.
He’s charismatic and it shows in the comments from several of the quarterbacks who have played for him in McGahee’s profile. Sam Howell, one of his former quarterbacks at Maryland, Francois and fellow Florida State quarterback Bailey Hockman all praised him for his ability to relate and the way he handles them as a coach.
And that could help Bell serve as an effective bridge between Taggart and his signal callers.