Florida State coach Willie Taggart reportedly has his eyes on Wisconsin defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard as a candidate for the Seminoles’ vacant defensive coordinator job.
According to a report by Evan Flood of 247Sports.com, Taggart is looking for “young and energetic” assistants on his staff, and Leonhard is among his top targets.
In his first season as Wisconsin’s defensive coordinator, the Badgers defense was among the best in the nation. This season, Wisconsin ranked No. 1 in total defense (253.2 yards allowed per game), No. 2 in rushing defense (92.6 yards allowed per game), No. 3 in scoring defense (13.2 points allowed per game) and No. 4 in passing defense (160.6 yards allowed per game).
Prior to becoming Wisconsin’s defensive coordinator, Leonhard was the team’s secondary coach in 2016. He also played for five teams over a 10-year NFL career that spanned from 2005-14.