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FSU: Seminoles Add Clements To Football Coaching Staff

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Randy Clements has been hired as Florida State’s offensive line coach, head coach Willie Taggart announced Thursday.

“Randy Clements has a remarkable resume filled with quantifiable results coaching offensive linemen,” Taggart said. “He has proven to be a successful teacher and knows exactly how we want to operate in this offense. I am happy for our student-athletes to learn from him, and I’m enthusiastic about him joining our staff as we continue to build a championship culture at Florida State.”

Clements has nearly three decades of experience coaching offensive line and has spent 10 years working alongside FSU offensive coordinator Kendal Briles. Clements spent the 2018 season as Houston’s run game coordinator and offensive line coach, returning to the school where he coached the offensive line from 2003-07. He was the offensive line coach at Baylor from 2008-16, holding the co-offensive coordinator title from 2008-11 and serving as run game coordinator from 2012-16. During the 14 seasons from 2003-16, he tutored 16 different all-conference offensive linemen and five All-Americans while producing the Big 12’s Offensive Lineman of the Year four straight seasons from 2012-15.

“I want to start by thanking Coach Taggart for this opportunity,” Clements said. “My family and I are thrilled to be part of this prestigious program. My background with Kendal will be valuable, but I’m also looking forward to integrating with the rest of the staff and can’t wait to get to know and work with the student-athletes on campus. I am excited to work toward our goal of bringing Florida State its next championship.”

In 2018, operating behind Clements’ offensive line, Houston averaged 43.9 points per game, ranking fifth in the nation, and 512.3 yards of total offense, the seventh-highest total in FBS. The Cougars were one of three teams to rank in the top-25 in passing and rushing offense, averaging 295.5 passing yards and 216.8 rushing yards per game to rank 16th and 24th, respectively. The offense scored at least 30 points in each of the first 12 games, including an NCAA-best 10 games of at least 40 points, and scored in 47 of 52 quarters in 2018. Houston opened the season with a program-record eight straight games of 40 points or more. The Cougars had 43 scoring drives of less than two minutes, which more than doubled their 2017 total of 18. Houston also ranked fifth in the country with 92 plays of 20-plus yards, and its 44 plays covering at least 30 yards were seventh in FBS.

The offensive line, led by All-AAC honorable mention guard Mason Denley, was a model of stability as it started the same combination in 12 of 13 games in 2018. That group helped quarterback D’Eriq King, who was a finalist for the Manning Award and semifinalist for the Maxwell Award and Davey O’Brien Award, put together one of the best seasons in the nation. King averaged 27.5 points responsible for per game to lead the nation by more than four points than the next-closest competitor, Heisman Trophy finalist Dwayne Haskins.

 

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