Name: Timmy Jernigan
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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