FSU football: 3 reasons Marvin Jones Jr. reaches potential at FSU

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Defensive System

It's eerie how the production of Marvin Jones Jr. in 2023 is extremely similar to Jermaine Johnson's final year at Georgia. Johnson appeared in eight games during that 2020 COVID season. He finished the season with 16 tackles, five tackles for a loss, and four sacks. He had one pass defended and three QB hurries before coming to FSU and setting the world on fire. Johnson's lone season at FSU in 2021 resulted in 70 tackles, 17.5 tackles for a loss, and 11.5 sacks. He also had 12 QB hurries, two passes defended, and two forced fumbles.

Jones Jr. had 12 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss, one sack, one QB hurry, and one forced fumble this past year at Georgia. Why do I bring up this comparison? Georgia runs more of a 3-4 defensive scheme, with Jones Jr. playing more of an OLB role. The same thing happened with Jermaine Johnson at UGA. However, FSU runs more 4-3 with the defensive end putting their hand in the dirt and pass rushing. The sack Jones Jr. had this season came with him on the line of scrimmage in a four-man front. His production could skyrocket, similar to Jermaine Johnson.