It wasn’t until he watched the tape that Timmy Jernigan felt some satisfaction. On the field against Pittsburgh, he’d been frustrated. The Panthers’ offense mustered too many big plays, and Jernigan felt responsible. But the film told a different story.
Jernigan had four tackles — including two for a loss — and a sack, but it wasn’t until he slowed down the tape, watched each play unfold in intricate detail, that he saw how much he’d contributed.
“I didn’t realize how I was affecting other guys,” Jernigan said. “I just got a little frustrated with the two or three big runs [Pittsburgh] had in the first half.”
In the 10 days since Florida State debuted its new-look defense, the mixed emotions have been a hallmark. On the positive side of the ledger, the Seminoles held Pitt to less than 300 yards of offense, picked off two passes and kept the Panthers out of the end zone on their final nine drives.
On the flip side, however, there were too many early mistakes, too many big plays off the edge, and too few sacks of a quarterback with limited mobility.
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