Pugh named spring MVP, primed to 'make something happen' in 2017

Ryan S. Clark, Lead Beat Writer

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He didn't just have the best camp of any defensive player. Jacob Pugh had the best spring of any player on Florida State's roster.

Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher said it to the media earlier in the week. Pugh's teammates reinforced it while gushing over how dynamic the senior linebacker has been over the last three or so weeks.

And, if that was not enough, there was an actual awards ceremony during halftime of FSU's spring game Saturday, where Pugh was named the team's Defensive MVP and the Hinesman Award winner as FSU's Most Valuable Player in spring camp.

And the Spring MVP showed why during Saturday's Garnet and Gold Game at Doak Campbell Stadium. Although his Gold team lost, 17-7, Pugh was active with three tackles, one sack and one tackle for loss while also performing other tasks to disrupt the Garnet's offense.

"I didn't have this planned, but at the same time, I've been working so hard to get where I am at now," Pugh said of his spring camp. "I've had a lot of setbacks in past with injuries and everything else."

Pugh's rise, while a step forward, wasn't really discussed until the closing days of camp.

Fisher has said plenty about his team and certain players, yet Pugh was never a topic of discussion until last Wednesday. That's when Fisher opened and said Pugh was having one of the best camps of any player.

It proved to be more than lip service. Pugh now joins a list of previous Hinesman winners including former offensive lineman Rodney Hudson, recently departed defensive end DeMarcus Walker and former quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke to name a few.

"I think it kinda shocked him," Fisher said of Pugh's reaction to winning the awards. "It's funny because when you play your best, it's when you stat doing everything right and you're not worrying about the results.

"You're not worried about what's going on, and you're trying to do what's right every day."

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