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)
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
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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