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Jimbo Fisher’s 8 best players in his 8 years as Florida State coach

Jimbo Fisher coached Florida State for eight seasons (2010-17) before leaving for Texas A&M over the weekend. In that time, the Seminoles won three ACC championships and one national title.

Fisher’s Seminoles were also a force to be reckoned with on the recruiting trail, consistently finishing among the top 10 classes in the country. Fisher brought a tremendous amount of talent to Tallahassee; here are the eight best.

TIM JERNIGAN, courtesy of FSU athletics

8. DT Timmy Jernigan

Jernigan was valuable to FSU from the day he arrived on campus as a force at defensive tackle. He had the ability to take on blockers, opening it up for linebackers to make tackles. He was could get into the backfield; as a junior, he had 11 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. What might have been Jernigan’s best game as a ‘Nole came at the most important time. Against Auburn for the national championship, Jernigan dominated, preventing the Tigers’ high-powered offense from scoring at will. Against Auburn’s hurry-up, the 300-plus pound Jernigan eventually wore out in the fourth quarter, but his efforts kept FSU in the game long enough for Jameis Winston to eventually win it.

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