We’re getting into the high numbers here for our player profiles, which means we’re almost done running through the roster for you all. It’s fun for us at OFD to help you all get to know the players on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Next up is a Jerry Tillery.
#99 Jerry Tillery
The man that needs little introduction heads into this year with extremely high expectations. He is a behemoth of a man standing at nearly 6’7 and clocking in at 300+lbs. According to my math his thigh is bigger than my torso. Anyway, there was a lot of speculation that he may have departed after last year for the NFL after a very strong Junior season, but made the decision to return, which is critical to a D line that needs an anchor. He has played is a whopping 37 games over the course of his career, and looks to be one of the top D-Lineman in all of College football this year.
3 Things To Know About Jerry Tillery
- He is coming off of his best season yet, making 56 tackles, 9 Tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks.
- Tillery has been named to 3 Watch Lists this offseason including the Bednarik Award/Bronko Nagurski Trophy (Nation’s Top Defensive Player) and The Outland Trophy (Nation’s Best Lineman)
- Off the field he has been described by teammates as “worldly” loving to travel, cook, and even participate in triathlons (that’s a big man on a bike).
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Speaking of worldly, Tillery was a bit of a star when Showtime followed the Irish during his Freshman Season.
I remember thinking how likable he was, as well as how Sheldon Day took him under his wing:
Country, Condiment, or Canon
Identifying the player as either a country, condiment, or member of the Star Wars Canon.
Everything Bagel Seasoning
First of all, kudos to whoever created this stuff, because it is absolute fire. It combines so many of my favorite things into 1 jar:
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds.
- 1/4 cup poppy seeds.
- 3 tablespoons dried onion flakes.
- 3 tablespoons dried garlic flakes.
- 2 tablespoons coarse sea salt
It can literally be put on so many things. It is truly a “worldly” seasoning, like Tillery.
An appropriately sized Blend.
Tillery by all means should lead the defensive line and plug up the run and be a force that quarterback’s should fear. He is freakishly athletic and large, and seemed to make strides a season ago in both his maturity and approach to the game. He evolved into a leader a season ago, and returned for his senior when he could have easily gone to the NFL. Look for Tillery to have a dominant year, clogging up the O lineman and freeing up Te’von Coney and Drue Tranquill to have a significant amount of run through tackles. He is an impact player that makes the rest of the defense significantly better by his disruptive impact on quarterbacks, running backs, and Offensive Lineman.