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92   Jerry Johnson
Jerry Johnson

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Ft. Pierce, FL

High School:
Central

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 280

Position:
Defensive Tackle


At Florida State: All-America candidate entering his final season at Florida State...teams with Corey Simon to anchor the defensive front and provide the Seminoles with the nation's best interior duo...one of three returning starters on FSU's defensive line...1999 will be his third consecutive season as a starter...sat out most of the spring with a hamstring injury...has 34 career tackles for loss to rank second in school history behind Ron Simmons (44).

Junior Year (1998): Started 12 of 13 games for the 1998 Seminoles at defensive tackle...held out of the North Carolina game with an injury...fourth on the team with 61 tackles (36 solo) ...recorded 10 tackles for loss and three sacks...got off to a fast start with a career-high 10 tackles in the season-opener versus Texas A&M...also had a tackle for loss, a sack and a forced fumble...totaled seven tackles (one for loss), three pressures and a deflection at NC State...added eight stops, including two for loss, with a team high nine intimidations against Duke...had five tackles, a sack and two pressures in the win over USC...credited with two third-down stops against Florida as UF went 0-for-13 on third down conversion attempts in the Seminole win.

Sophomore Year (1997): Started every game and tied for the tackle lead among FSU defensive linemen with 57...had 31 solo tackles and 26 assists...recorded three sacks and 13 stops for loss (second on the team)...had six tackles and two sacks in the Virginia game...had seven stops against both Duke and USC...caused a fumble at USC that led to a Seminole touchdown in a tight game ...helped hold Miami to -33 yards rushing with six tackles.

Freshman Year (1996): Served as the backup to Andre Wadsworth at noseguard...saw action in 11 games...recorded 31 tackles on the year...ranked fourth on the team with 11 tackles for loss...was third among defensive linemen in tackles for loss... stepped into the starting lineup for three games when Wadsworth was injured...registered five tackles and a sack in his first start against Wake Forest...also started against Southern Miss and Maryland...named to the Victor's Club after the Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Southern Miss and Maryland games...received Tomahawk Player of the Game award after the Southern Miss contest when he turned in a season-high seven stops and recorded a safety...registered the first sack of his career at Georgia Tech and followed with sacks in each of the next three games (Wake Forest, Southern Miss and Maryland)...began the season as FSU's snapper on field goals and extra points but relinquished the job after the Clemson game.

1995: Redshirted along with most of his class.

High School: Earned first team 6A all-state honors following his senior season at Central High in Ft. Pierce, FL...named to Orlando Sentinel's All-South list...tenacious player who was highly regarded on both sides of the line...USA Today 2nd team All-America ...Tom Lemming's No. 2 noseguard in the country and his No. 18 player in the Southeast...rated the top center in the nation by Max Emfinger and the National Recruiting Advisor...member of Blue Chip Illustrated's Dream Team... state heavyweight wrestling champ as a junior and senior...state runner-up in the shot put as a senior.

Personal: A social science major...born July 11, 1977...roommate is Corey Simon.

Johnson'S CAREER STATS

Year SOLO AsT Tot TFL SACKS PBU INT
1996 15 16 31 11 4 0 0
1997 31 26 57 13 3 0 0
1998 36 26 62 10 3 3 0
Career 82 68 150 34 10 3 0

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