Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FSU Line Assistant Heggins Resigns; Bowden Considering Henshaw to Replace 19-Year Staff Veteran

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FSU Line Assistant Heggins Resigns; Bowden Considering Henshaw to Replace 19-Year Staff Veteran

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Byline: Bob Thomas, The Times-Union

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State offensive line coach Jimmy Heggins resigned Tuesday after 19 seasons on the Seminoles' staff.

"I've enjoyed my 19 years at FSU and right now I think it's time to move on," Heggins said. "I've got some other things I'm pursuing. I'll always be a Seminole."

Heggins came to FSU as a running back and made the move to nose guard in 1976, which coincided with coach Bobby Bowden's first season. He was twice named the Seminoles' outstanding defensive player.

"Jimmy has been an excellent coach for us and I support his decision to expand his opportunities," Bowden said, accepting the resignation.

The Times-Union reported in Sunday's edition that Heggins would not return, citing a source familiar with the situation.

FSU has distinguished itself as one of the nation's top programs for producing NFL talent during Heggins' 11 seasons as offensive line coach. Eight Seminoles have been drafted over the course of his tenure, including perennial Pro Bowlers Walter Jones and Tra Thomas, who were first-round picks in 1997 and '98, respectively. …

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