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Honors: All-America First Team
FWAA All-America Second Team
Associated Press All-America Second Team
USA TODAY Sports All-America Second Team All-America Second Team All-America Second Team
Lindy’s All-America Third Team
Coaches All-ACC First Team
All-ACC Second Team


Was one of the most dominant interior lineman in the NCAA and one of the most important players in the success of the 2013 Seminole defense…selected All-ACC First Team by league coaches and All-American First Team by ESPN…also an All-American Second Team selection by USA Today, the Associated Press and Sports Illustrated… in 14 starts in 2013 he set career highs for tackles (63), TFL (11.0) and sacks (4.5)…the nose guard is constantly double-teamed creating opportunities for the Seminole linebackers and blitzing corners…his ability to fill gaps and fight off offensive linemen was a key reason that FSU had the nation’s 18th best run defense…had nine tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss in the BCS National Championship game…his 2.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 sacks at Pitt on Sept. 2 tied career highs in both categories…set a career high with 10 tackles in the ACC Championship Game versus Duke…recorded a then-season high seven tackles at Boston College…made two tackles and 1.0 TFL against Maryland…his lone tackle at Clemson was a seven-yard sack…posted three tackles and 1.0 TFL against NC State…registered six tackles at Wake Forest…recorded six tackles, 1.0 TFL and a QB hurry against Syracuse…had a monster game against Idaho – 4.5 TFLs, 2.5 sacks and led FSU with six total tackles.


Started two games and played in 13 games…ranked fourth on FSU in tackles for loss with eight…one of the leading tacklers on the team with 46…recorded starts against Murray State and Savannah State…recorded multiple tackles in 12 of his 13 games played…finished the season strong recording 22 tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack in his final four games…arguably the Seminoles’ MVP in the ACC Championship Game where he recorded the team’s only sack, was second on the squad with 1.5 TFL and was third on the team with nine tackles…either set or tied a career high in tackles and sacks in the game versus Georgia Tech…set single season career bests for tackles and tackles for loss…helped Florida State’s defense lead the nation in yards allowed per play (3.86), rank second nationally in total defense (254.14 ypg) and rank in the top six nationally in scoring defense (14.71 ppg) and rushing defense (92.29 ypg).


True freshman defensive tackle out of Lake City, Fla. who provided the Seminoles with a huge lift in a reserve role…earned first team Freshman All-America honors from several national outlets…was the only true freshman to see action on defense in all 13 games…led all FSU interior defensive linemen with 30 tackles and led his position group with six tackles for loss and 2.5 quarterback sacks…credited with three quarterback hurries and also had a 12-yard fumble return to his credit…posted a career-high five tackles in FSU’s win over NC State, when he registered two tackles for loss – including a sack – and a fumble return…Jernigan’s performance against the Wolfpack earned him ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors…also turned in a four-tackle performances against Charleston Southern and Clemson…posted his first two tackles for loss and first career sack against Charleston Southern…named winner of the Devaughn Darling Award given to the top newcomer on defense at the team’s annual banquet.


Five-star defensive lineman, who was ranked No. 4 at defensive tackle in the nation by…recorded 14 sacks as a senior at Columbia…listed as a four-star prospect ranked as the No. 2 defensive tackle by…ranked No. 29 in the Final Rivals 100…recorded 77 tackles, 32 tackles for loss, 14 sacks and one interception and also ran for four touchdowns on offense as a senior in 2010…2011 U.S. Army All-American…All-USA First-Team defense by USA Today…rated a four-star prospect, No. 2 defensive lineman and No. 17 overall player on the ESPNU 150…No. 6 on the Gainesville Sun’s Florida Top 50 Seniors…named to the 2010 All-First Coast First Team Defense by the Florida Times-Union…member of the Times-Union’s Super 75 where he was rated as the No. 1 defensive tackle…No. 8 on the SuperPrep Florida 110 and No. 35 on the SuperPrep Elite 50…No. 5 on Bill Buchalter’s 2011 Florida Top 100 for the Orlando Sentinel…No. 9 on Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120…No. 41 on Tom Lemming’s 2011 Top 100…registered 131 tackles, 27 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries and was a 3A All-State selection as a junior and a sophomore…selected the Seminoles over LSU, Alabama, Tennessee and Florida…born September 24, 1992.