2013 FSU Spring Breakdown: Defensive Line


The Noles fielded one of the top defenses in all of college football in 2012 thanks to one of the top defensive lines in the nation. FSU will have a lot to replace on the edges, with the loses of defensive end standouts Bjoern Werner (18 tackles for loss / 13 sacks), Tank Carradine (13 tackles for loss / 11 sacks) and Brandon Jenkins (went down with a season ending foot injury early in the year; entering NFL draft). Talented sophomores Mario Edwards Jr. (6’4″ / 282) and Giorgio Newberry (6’6″ / 275) will fill the void left and talented freshman Chris Casher (6’4″ / 251) will see his first action this season after being redshirted in 2012. The Noles aren’t extremely deep at the defensive end spot this year, but they do field a nice rotation with some very talented youth poised for a big 2013.

There are no worries about depth at the defensive tackle position this season for the Seminoles as the stockpile of talent on the interior continues to grow. Heading up the big nasties is junior Timmy Jernigan (6’2″/298), who had a solid 2012 (48 tackles/8 tackles for loss/2 sacks) and now takes on the role as leader of this strong unit. Seniors Demonte McAllister(6’2″/290), from Alonso High School in Tampa, and Jacobbi McDaniel (6’0″ / 288) are pushing for the starting spot next to Jernigan. The rotation continues with former 5-Star and top defensive tackle prospect sophomore Eddie Goldman (6’4″/324), sophomore Nile Lawrence-Stample (6’1″ / 297) and Derrick Mitchell (6’4″ / 314), yet another sophomore on the interior. There really is no drop-off at the defensive tackle spot for the Seminoles, and the ability to rotate so many talented players on the interior should take its toll on opposing offensive lines this fall.

Returning For Spring: (class year denotes 2013-14 season)

Defensive Ends

Name                                  Yr.                   Ht./Wt.

Chris Casher                       FR-RS               6’4″/251

Mario Edwards                    SO                    6’4″/282

Dan Hicks                            SR-RS               6’4″/260

Giorgio Newberry                SO-RS              6’6″/273

Defensive Tackles

Name                                  Yr.                   Ht./Wt.

Eddie Goldman                    SO                    6’4″/320

Timmy Jernigan                    JR                     6’2″/298

Nile Lawrence-Stample        SO-RS              6’1″/314

Demonte McAllister              SR-RS               6’2″/285

Jacobbi McDaniel                 SR-RS               6’0″/286

Derrick Mitchell                    SO-RS               6’4″/317


Who To Watch: Chris Casher (FR-RS) Defensive End


Defensive End Mario Edwards Jr:

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Defensive Tackle Timmy Jernigan:

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Videos Courtesy of The Florida State University Athletics Department and Seminoles.com


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