Johnson II, Amarion Cooper win the ACC MVP award
Tallahassee Florida. – For the fourth time this season, Jermaine Johnson II is the defensive lineman for this week’s Atlantic Coast Conference after notching 3.0 sacks and 5.0 tackles for Saturday’s loss against Miami. Rookie Amarion Cooper is the defensive back and Rookie of the Week in the league having defended five assists, with interceptions and four breakouts, in his first career start.
Johnson, of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, finished with seven tackles, 5.0 for loss, 3.0 sacks and a mandatory tumble in the Seminoles’ 31-28 win over the Hurricanes. No player in the history of the 66-game series between Florida State and Miami had more tackles for loss than Johnson on Saturday.
The only player in the country to have had 3.0 sacks/4.0 TFL games this season, Johnson leads all of the Power 5 linebackers with 61 tackles and ranks second nationally with 11.0 sacks in the year. His losing top 16.0 ranks fourth nationally. His group and TFL have led the ACC groups and are the most for Seminole since ACC Defensive Player of the Year DeMarcus Walker had 16.0 and 21.5, respectively, in 2016.
Johnson’s 5.0 attempts for a single loss were shy of a school record and the most for any Seminole against an FBS opponent since 2002. Derek McClendon retook Johnson’s forced stumble, in his first sack in the game, and turned into a touchdown in the Soviet Union. He gave Noles a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.
As a team, FSU only allowed 43 yards, which is the seventh-lowest number for Miami in the series and the third-less allowed for a team by head coach Mike Norville.
Cooper, a real freshman from Lehigh Acres, Florida, made his first start of the year and had an immediate impact. Cuper is the country’s third player of the year with four assists and interceptions in the same game. He’s the first real new FBS player with these numbers in a game since 2013 and the first Seminole of any class since Derwin James in 2017 against Syracuse.
Cooper’s interception, in the game’s second Miami drive, was the first of three consecutive turnarounds for the Hurricanes. Cooper has two objections this season.
This is the fifth FSU Defensive Lineman of the Week award this year, with Johnson’s Four and Keir Thomas winning last week. Cooper is this year’s first FSU defensive back winner and second rookie, joining Malik McClain after FSU’s win in North Carolina.
Florida State takes the field again Saturday at 12:00 p.m. at Boston College on ACC Network. The regular season finale will also take place at the Seminoles in Florida on November 27 at noon on ESPN.
*Press release submitted by Florida Athletics
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