Dec 1, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (8) celebrates with defensive end Bjoern Werner (95) after sacking Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets quarterback Vad Lee (2) (not pictured) in the first quarter in the ACC Championship at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Florida State Player Profile: Timmy Jernigan

Name:  Timmy Jernigan

Eligibility: Junior

Height: 6’2″

Weight: 295 lbs

Position: Defensive Tackle

Twitter Handle: @TJernigan8

2012 Season Stats: 8 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 43 total tackles


Prognostication: Timmy Jernigan wasn’t even playing defensive tackle full-time last season, but he was still considered one of the best in the nation. Jernigan enters the season on the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award watch lists — meaning many expect him to continue being a very good player. It should go without saying that he is going to see even more time on the field this season. Even more so, Jernigan is going to start at defensive tackle this season and the sky is the limit for the near 300-pound behemoth.

Strengths: Big and strong. His weight seems to differentiate depending on which website, team program or information outlet you seek it out from. Still — because defensive tackles aren’t supposed to be tiny — his size gives him an advantage over a lot of the smaller offensive linemen across the nation. He has pretty good sideline to sideline quickness as well. At the end of the day he is so good that it won’t be a surprise if this ends up being his last season with the program.

Weaknesses: Timmy Jernigan can get winded fairly quickly, although, that can be said with almost every interior linemen in the country. Even with all the expectations put on him it will be interesting to see if Jernigan can live up to them now that he is going to be the full-time starter and an NFL Draft stock is at stake.

Fairly random, but awesome, Timmy Jernigan factoid: He had 14 sacks as a senior in high school. Which must have been really scary for high school quarterbacks — you know, seeing a monster running at them full speed and all.


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