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Rams GM Les Snead, a native of Eufaula, Ala., where Jernigan was a dual-threat quarterback coming out of high school, had the No. 2 overall draft pick riding on the outcome of Big Blue’s season finale against Washington.
Thanks to 147 yards from scrimmage – which included a 24-yard touchdown catch and 49-yard run for his second touchdown of the game – Jernigan propelled the Giants to a 20-6 victory over the Redskins, who finished the season with a next-to-last record of 3-13.
However, the Rams own the Redskins’ first-round choice in the upcoming draft as part of the trade package that was used to select quarterback Robert Griffin III in 2012. Thus, as Peter King pointed out in his weekly column, one Alabama kid helped another.
“He went to my high school,” said Snead, according to King’s Monday Morning Quarterback. “He was the quarterback on the team, and I’m watching him, and here he is, helping us get the No. 2 pick.”
Jernigan guided the Eufaula High School Tigers to 14-1 and 11-1 records in his final two seasons before his record-setting career at Troy University. With the bulk coming in the final three weeks of the season, Jernigan finished his third season as a Giant with 29 catches for 329 yards and two touchdowns in addition to two rushes for 57 yards and a touchdown.
“These last three weeks I’ve been having good playing time, but I have confidence every week,” Jernigan said after the Week 17 win. “I go in week in and week out, and like I said before, the coaches know what I can do at practice, they see me every week at practice. It’s just a matter of time before I get out there and start showcasing my abilities.”
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