PFF names Jermaine Johnson ACC Defensive Player of the Year


Pro Football Focus released their 2021 ALL-ACC squads on Monday afternoon, and several Florida State Seminoles have taken home the honors. PFF ratings and advanced stats were used to compile the list that represented some of the top talent in the conference.

Former Georgia transfer and Seminoles star Jermaine Johnson has been named ACC Defensive Player of the Year according to PFF.

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“Johnson was transferred from Georgia to the State of Florida so that he could be the head of a defense, and that’s exactly what he was in Tallahassee.

The 6-foot-5, 262-pound defenseman produced at least one sack on nine of his 12 outings and racked up 14 overall for the season. Against the run, Johnson is the only edge defender in the Power Five who ranks in the top 15 in both stoppages and the game rate is rated negatively.

Edge defenseman Seminoles scored north of 75.0 in run defense and as a passer, something no other ACC edge defender did in 2021. “

In addition to being named Defensive Player of the Year, Johnson was also considered the first ALL-ACC team alongside fellow FSU defensive lineman Robert Cooper. Johnson and Cooper were two of six Seminoles to make PFF’s ALL-ACC teams.

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Safety Jammie Robinson took second team honors while running back Treshaun Ward and linebacker Amari Gainer were named third team. Running back Jashaun Corbin was considered an honorable mention.

Check out the full list here.

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