Florida State vs. South Florida: Why Seminoles' Bjoern Werner Is a Stud DE

T.J. McaloonContributorSeptember 29, 2012

Sept 1, 2012;  Tallahassee, Florida, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive end Bjoern Werner (95) tries to get past Murray State Racers offensive lineman Roerick Tomlin (62) during the second half of the game at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE
Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE

Florida State junior defensive end Bjoern Werner may not get all of the attention on this talented Seminoles team, but if it wasn’t for his dominant play, they would not be undefeated and primed for a national title run. 

Bjoern has flown under the radar for a majority of his career. 

Coming into 2010, he was ranked on Rivals.com as the 65th best defensive end in the country and the fifth best in the state of Florida. He was a three-star recruit and wasn’t expected to do a lot for this Seminoles defense. 

During his first-two years at Florida State, Werner was more of a role player on defense than the superstar that he’s become, only accumulating 10.5 sacks. 

Last year, Seminoles fans did see some glimpses of greatness from Werner, however, as he had six tackles and a sack against Oklahoma, and seven sacks during the year.

Through only four games this year, Werner almost has as many sacks (6.5) than he had in his entire tenure with the Seminoles. 

His breakout season started with a dominant game against Murray State. That game saw Werner sack Murray State quarterback Casey Brockman four times. 

Werner’s 6.5 sacks has him currently as the sack leader in the ACC. What’s even more impressive is that Werner has double than the person who’s second in yards-lost-due-to-sack. 

Werner’s 57 yards lost doubles up his teammate Cornellius Carradine’s negative 28 yards lost. 

Leading the ACC in sacks is one thing, but his 6.5 sacks are tied for the lead in the nation with two others. 

Playing South Florida next—who’s given up almost a sack a game this year—should give Werner some breathing room among those players with whom he’s tied. 

Werner will have his chances at sacking South Florida’s quarterback B.J. Daniels as the Bulls rank second in the Big East in passing attempts (34), third in passing yards (1,161), and first in interceptions (six). 

After today’s performance against the Bulls, Werner then gets to feast against bad offensive lines in his conference. 

The following week, Werner goes up against North Carolina State (14 sacks allowed) then in the next weeks, Miami (FL) (six sacks allowed) and Virginia Tech (eight sacks allowed). 

After that stretch, Werner will be among the favorites to win the Ted Hendricks award as the best DE in college football. 

Because of his dominating play, he will also be in contention for the Chuck Bednarik award for the best defensive player.