July 13, 2012
Breakout candidates: No. 2 Timmy Jernigan
Over the month of July, Warchant.com will count down the top five breakout candidates for 2012. In order to qualify, the player had to start six or fewer games in 2011.
Class this fall:
Injury status: Recovering from a slight MCL tear suffered in spring practice
2011 Stats: 30 tackles, six for loss, 2.5 sacks
High School Accolades: Jernigan was a four-star prospect out of Lake City Columbia High School. Rivals ranked him the No. 2 defensive tackle prospect for 2011, the ninth best prospect in Florida, and put him at No. 29 in the Rivals100.
Notable: Named a freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America.
Participated in the U.S. Army All-American bowl, also received All-American honors from USA Today. Received accolades from newspapers across the state as a top prospect including being the named the top defensive tackle in the Florida Times-Union Super 75, the No. 5 overall prospect in the Orlando Sentinel Top 100, and No. 6 on the Gainsville Sun's Top 50 seniors among others.
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|2011 Review: |
With the exception of Rashad Greene and perhaps Devonta Freeman, Jernigan had the biggest impact of any freshman for Florida State in 2011. He played in all 13 games as a reserve defensive tackle. His 30 tackles, 16 solo, were the most among FSU defensive tackles. He also had 2.5 sacks and a fumble recovery against North Carolina State.
Spring Review: Jernigan's spring was cut short when he suffered a slight tear in his MCL on March 26. The injury occurred during a freak accident when a teammate rolled up on him from behind. At the time of the injury he was expected to be out for 4-6 weeks and be fully healed in time for fall camp.
|2012 Depth Chart Outlook: It will be interesting to see what the coaches decide to do with Jernigan in terms of a starting role in 2012. He had the most sacks and tackles of all DTs in 2011 despite running with the second-team behind starters Everett Dawkins and Anthondy McCloud. Both Dawkins and McCloud return for FSU in 2012, but Jernigan could push McCloud for his starting job at nose tackle. |
Last season Jernigan played almost exclusively alongside another 2012 breakout candidate in Cameron Erving, who has switched to offensive line. His likely running mate this fall will be either Demonte McAllister, Niles Lawrence-Stample, or even incoming five-star Eddie Goldman. If healthy, Moses McCray will also see playing time.
|2012 Breakout Season: Despite having a semi-breakout season as a true freshman, we felt Jernigan was deserving of being on this list because even if he isn't a starter in 2012 he will certainly see more playing time than last season. With another full summer of work outs under the strength and conditioning staff's supervision Jerningn will likely be even stronger than he was last season which should worry ACC offensive linemen. With more reps and added strength we think Jernigan will wreak havoc on opposing team's backfields to a level that will attract national attention, which why he is our No. 2 breakout candidate. |
No. 3 Kelvin Benjamin
In case you missed it here are our other breakout candidates:
No. 4 Cameron Erving
No. 5 Tyler Hunter
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