TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Senior defensive end Jermaine Johnson II is one of 12 semifinalists for the Lombardi Award, given to the nation’s top offensive or defensive lineman.
Johnson, from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, is a two-time ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week and leads all defensive linemen in the conference with 44 tackles. His 7.0 sacks are the most in the Power 5 and third in the country, while his 9.5 tackles for loss on the year are second in the ACC.
Johnson became the first FSU player with at least a half-sack or more in the first four games of a season since 2000. Against No. 9 Notre Dame, his FSU debut, he led FSU with seven tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. He was the first Nole since Brian Burns in 2018 to post those numbers against a ranked team and was named the ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week.
The following week, against Jacksonville State, Johnson set career highs with 11 tackles, 4.0 for loss and 3.0 sacks. Johnson was the first player in the ACC since 2011 with that production in a game.
Johnson earned his second Lineman of the Week award in the Noles 35-25 win at North Carolina, notching six tackles and a three-yard sack, the only sack for either team.
Four finalists for the Lombardi Award will be announced on November 9 with a winner named on December 8.
Johnson and the Seminoles are back in action October 23 at 12:00 p.m. against UMass (ACC Network).