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Dade City, Fla.
high school


Watch List: Butkus Award


Blossomed into a consistent force for the FSU defense in his third season…versatile defender who started at defensive end and as a BUCK linebacker…finished with 43 tackles, 6.0 TFLs, 4.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery…his 4.5 sacks and attention he drew on the edge were integral parts of Florida State’s nation’s-best pass rush…the Noles led the nation in sacks per game (3.92)…forced the first fumble of his career against Florida in the regular-season finale…had a season-high eight tackles on the road at NC State and at No. 10 Louisville…had the lone sack of the game against the Cardinals on Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson and finished with two TFLs…registered a sack on Miami’s Brad Kaaya on the first play of the game…totaled six tackles, including a sack, in the win over No. 6 Michigan in the Orange Bowl.


A versatile defender who is capable of lining up at linebacker or defensive end…played in all 13 games making four starts against Texas State, USF, Louisville and Georgia Tech…earned his first career start in the season opener against the Bobcats…finished the year with 32 tackles, three sacks, one pass break-up and two quarterback hurries…led the team with seven tackles against Louisville, while tying Ro’Derrick Hoskins for the game-high in tackles with seven against USF – both career-highs…named ACC Linebacker of the Week after his performance against Louisville (seven tackles, two sacks)…was credited with a pass break-up and a quarterback hurry against Florida in the regular season finale in Gainesville…finished the season with two tackles against Houston in the Peach Bowl.


Highly touted true freshman made an immediate impact on special teams and in spot duty as a reserve linebacker and defensive end…appeared in 13 games and totaled 12 tackles…had a pair of interceptions against Notre Dame, including a pick in the end zone to seal the FSU victory on the game’s final play…recovered a fumble against NC State, where he recorded a season-high three tackles, including one tackle for loss…came off the bench in the second half to spark FSU’s come-from-behind victory against the Wolfpack…his fumble recovery came at the NC State 6-yard line and set up the Seminoles’ go-ahead touchdown…had a pair of tackles against The Citadel, Notre Dame and Virginia…capped the season with a tackle versus Oregon in the Rose Bowl.


Highly-touted, consensus four-star local product out of Godby High School in Tallahassee in 2014 class…tabbed the nation’s No. 5 outside linebacker and No. 7 player in Florida by 247Sports (No. 39 player overall)…ranked the No. 5 outside linebacker and No. 18 Florida prospect by ESPN (No. 110 overall)…rated No. 7 outside linebacker and No. 16 player in Florida by Rivals (No. 105 overall)…Scout’s No. 6 outside linebacker recruit…selected as No. 4 player in state in the Orlando Sentinel’s 2014 Florida Top 100…PrepMagazine’s No. 158 overall player and No. 17 linebacker…Class 5A All-State First Team as a junior and a senior…selected for 2014 Under Armour All-America Game…tallied 64 tackles, 12 TFLs, nine sacks, 12 hurries, four PBUs and three forced fumbles despite facing double and triple teams en route to earning All-Big Bend Defensive Player of the Year in 2013…led Godby to the Class 5A state championship in 2012, recording two sacks in final…transferred to Godby prior to his junior year from Jefferson County…led Jefferson County to the 1A state championship as a sophomore and nabbed all-state honorable mention accolades in 2011…born September 22, 1995…majoring in social science.

#16 Pugh, J.                       
    Rushing Receiving Passing Kick Ret Punt Ret all 
Date Opponent no. yds td lg no. yds td lg c-a-i yds td lg no. yds td lg no. yds td lg purp 
Sep 05, 2016 vs Ole Miss 0-0-0 
Sep 10, 2016  CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 0-0-0 
Sep 17, 2016 at Louisville 0-0-0 
Sep 24, 2016 at USF 0-0-0 
Oct. 1, 2016  NORTH CAROLINA 0-0-0 
Oct 08, 2016 at Miami (FL) 0-0-0 
Oct 15, 2016  WAKE FOREST 0-0-0 
Oct 29, 2016  CLEMSON 0-0-0 
Nov 05, 2016 at NC State 0-0-0 
Nov 11, 2016  BOSTON COLLEGE 0-0-0 
Nov 26, 2016  FLORIDA 0-0-0 
Dec 30, 2016 vs Michigan 0-0-0 
Totals   0-0-0