Data Scout Notes: 2013: 1stC/2ndM...P1stM/PLombardi/POutland/PNagurski/PBednarik/DS#1TeamProspect-DBrugler...2012: 2ndC/HMM...Poutland
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02/20/14 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 23. *Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State, 6-2, 298, 4.98, 1...Oft-used reserve started only two games before 2013, when he got more opportunity to show he can use his bullish strength to take on double teams and be disruptive inside. Jernigan must improve at shedding blockers to make an impact in the NFL. He works hard to learn the game. Maturity was questioned after making some questionable remarks on Twitter. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
01/09/14 - Seminoles DT Jernigan to enter 2014 NFL Draft...Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan will forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft, ESPN.com reported. Jernigan led Florida State with 11 tackles for loss in 2013 and he was regarded as a strong run stuffer up the middle. Jernigan is projected as a first- or second-round selection in this year's NFL Draft and is rated as the 26th overall player and the No. 3 defensive tackle by NFLDraftScout.com. "I feel I am the most versatile defensive lineman in the draft," Jernigan told ESPN's Joe Schad. "Some team will get an athletic, hard-working lineman who attacks, plays smart and doesn't come off the field."
Jernigan, in his first year as a full-time starter, was a key part of FSU's defense in Monday's BCS National Championship game, helping the Seminoles to rally in the second half for a 34-31 win. Jernigan finished this season with 63 tackles, including 4 1/2 sacks and was a second-team AP All-America. FSU junior running back James Wilder Jr. has also declared for the draft, while receiver Rashad Greene and offensive linemen Tre Jackson and Cameron Erving announced they would return for 2014. - The Sports Xchange
01/09/14 - Seminoles DT Jernigan to enter 2014 NFL Draft...A key one finally got away from the Florida State Seminoles. Timmy Jernigan, the No. 3-rated defensive tackle in the nation by NFLDraftScout.com and the No. 39 prospect overall, will forgo his senior season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft. He is currently rated No. 37 on Rob Rang's Big Board. Jernigan, 6-feet-2 and 298 pounds, is projected to be a late-first or early-second round pick. While Jernigan is still developing his technique and appeared to be winded during the second half of Monday night's BCS title game, he is also exceptionally light on his feet for his size. He shows "smooth hips and fluid lateral range to work up and down the line of scrimmage," NFLDraftScout.com's Dane Brugler wrote in evaluating Jernigan. "He does a nice job using his hands and footwork to sidestep blockers and collapse gaps, and has active hands and the upper-body strength to bully blockers. Jernigan also shows improved ball awareness and can anchor against multiple blocks.
Jernigan was a full-time starter for the first time in 2013, finishing with 63 tackles and 4.5 sacks to earn second-team Associated Press All-America honors. "Timmy was one of the leaders on our defense and a big part of our success these past three seasons," Fisher said. "He was one of the most dominant defensive lineman I?ve been around in all my years coaching. Not only was he a dynamic football player, but he was also a great person. We expect Timmy to be very successful at the next level and we wish him the best." - The Sports Xchange
01/07/14 - Jernigan (FSU), Ford (Auburn) star in BCS Championship...For much of the evening, the old adage that offense wins games but defense wins championships was never more appropriate than in Monday night's BCS Championship game. While the hype surrounding the final bowl game of the BCS era focused will no doubt dwell on flashy skill position players like Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and fellow finalist Tre Mason, it was eye-popping performances from teammates on the defensive side of the ball that could have NFL scouts adjusting their rankings. Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan was a one-man wrecking crew in the middle for the victorious Seminoles, using his great strength and terrific quickness to make several tackles on his own and creating easy opportunities for his teammates. Jernigan ranks sixth among defensive tackles on NFLDraftScout.com's board.
At 6-foot-2, 298 pounds, Jernigan projects best as a three-technique defensive tackle in the 4-3 alignment. His quickness and strength could be utilized at nose guard but too often he is knocked off the line of scrimmage when he tires. He was substituted often against Auburn and appeared to be struggling with cramps as the game wore on. He was all smiles after the game, however, and could have a tough decision ahead of him as the junior could earn a selection in the first round should he elect to leave early for the NFL.
Fourth-quarter dynamics from Winston and Mason (among others) stole back the spotlight but for much of the game it was Jernigan and Ford who were early contenders for MVP honors. In the minds of NFL scouts watching, each "undersized" defender showed the ability to match up against physical competition on the big stage. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/06/14 - Scouting the run defenses: Florida State's first-team defense, which usually was resting by halftime during most of the Seminoles' blowout wins, has only allowed one 100-yard rusher this season, Andre Williams of Boston College. The run defense, which is ranked 14th in the country at 116 yards per game, has allowed the fewest number of rushing touchdowns of any team in the nation, five. As for Auburn, the Tigers might have the country's best rushing attack, but it's not so hot at stopping the run, especially of late. Auburn, which has the FBS' 64th-ranked rush defense and gives up an average of 161 yards a game, has surrendered almost 500 yards on the ground in its last two games against Alabama and Missouri. - The Sports Xchange