July 24, 2013
By Scott Kotick (@ScottKotick), Seminoles.com
Today we continue our thirteen for thirteen countdown with junior defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan. What the Seminoles have enjoyed over the past few seasons is depth on the defensive line, specifically at the tackle position. No matter who started each game, the rotation was as deep as they come in college football.
For the past two seasons, Timmy Jernigan has been dominant in no matter the game situation and was fantastic behind starters Amp McCloud and Everett Dawkins. But this year, it is Jernigan's time to shine. Alongside Demonte McAllister, he is undoubtedly the Seminoles' most experienced and talented defensive tackle and has developed into one of those players who can instantly change the game.
Jernigan had 46 tackles and eight tackles for loss in 2012, and will be counted to be the leader the defensive line needs. After losing all four starters to the NFL from last season, Jernigan's role becomes even more important to lead by example and take on a greater position of leadership. McCloud and Dawkins had been the guys, now it's Jernigan's turn.
And he's fun to watch. The passion and enthusiasm for the game is contagious to every one of his teammates, and fans feed off of the his energy on every snap. Look for Jernigan to continue his non-stop type of play this season and take that next step to becoming the next player in a long line of fantastic defensive tackles to wear the garnet and gold.
It's all part of "going loco" for number eight.
Come back on Thursday as we take a look at junior offensive tackle Cam Erving.