Report: Florida State interested in Wisconsin's Jim Leonhard – Bucky's 5th Quarter
When a program has sustained the amount of success the Wisconsin Badgers have, it is only logical other programs would look at Paul Chryst’s assistants in hopes of luring them away from Madison.
Defensive coordinator has been the key target, with LSU taking away Dave Aranda to lead the same position for what was at the time Les Miles’ program starting in the 2016 season. His replacement at Wisconsin, Justin Wilcox, continued UW’s defensive success last year before taking over the head coaching duties at Cal.
Just earlier this month, outside linebackers coach and defensive run game coordinator Tim Tibesar agreed to become Oregon State’s defensive coordinator (though he will stay on through Wisconsin’s bowl game).
Now, it appears first-year coordinator Jim Leonhard is being targeted by a major college football power.
Gridiron Now’s James Coleman reported on Tuesday that Leonhard’s name has popped up and is picking up “traction” in the search for Florida State’s next defensive coordinator. From his report:
What I hear is that Taggart has been engaged in a courtship with Leonhard from the beginning stages of his tenure in Tallahassee and that Leonhard is among the top targets. Taggart continues doing his due diligence on Leonhard, so let’s do ours.
247Sports’ Evan Flood, on his post about the report, noted in the comments section that “FSU definitely wants him.”
Granted, this report is just stating that Florida State and head coach Willie Taggart want the former walk-on turned All-American turned 10-year NFL veteran. Would Leonhard be interested?
FootballScoop’s Zach Barnett reported on Wednesday that according to a source, “it would take something special to get him to leave his alma mater.”
Leonhard is without a doubt one of the fastest-rising assistants in college football. Just last year, he took over the defensive backs