CORNELLIUS “Tank” CARRADINE

Defensive End

Florida State University Seminoles

#91

6:04.1-276

Cincinnati, Ohio

Butler Community College

Taft High School

 

OVERVIEW

Appropriately nicknamed “Tank” for the way he can simply march through combo and double-team blocks, Carradine joined Bjoern Werner in forming the most dominating defensive end tandem in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and possibly in the entire collegiate ranks. Since Carradine transferred from Butler Community College and Woerner wrested a starting job in 2011, the tandem have combined to sack opposing quarterbacks on 41 snaps and tackle ball carriers behind the line of scrimmage 57 times.

 

The duo has also pressured the pocket 23 times the last two years, resulting in eight interceptions. In 2012, it marked the first time the Seminoles had both of their starting defensive ends earn first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors since the dynamic 1996 tandem of All-Americans Peter Boulware and Reinard Wilson.

 

“They’ve been great all year,” head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “I saw Boulware and Wilson. I didn’t get to coach with them, and I know their numbers might have been a little higher, but these guys are pretty dad-gum good themselves.”

 

And Fisher’s recruiters were “dad-gum good” to recognize the potential these two could provide the Seminoles. Prior to Carradine’s arrival on campus in 2011, Florida State’s defense was struggling. They ranked 108th among 120 major college teams in both total defense (434.62 ypg) and rush defense (204.62 ypg) in 2010, followed by a 42nd-place finish in total defense (353.71 ypg) in 2010.

 

With Carradine at right defensive end and Woerner manning the left side, the Seminoles led the ACC and placed fourth nationally after allowing just 275.00 total yards per game in 2011. Their ability to stuff the run held opponents to 82.69 yards per game on the ground that year, second-best in the nation. The duo then led the way as FSU led the conference on the way to ranking second in total defense (254.14 ypg) and third in rush defense (92.29 ypg) in 2012.

 

Until suffering a right knee anterior cruciate ligament tear that would sideline him for the final two games of his Florida State career, Carradine was gaining lots of attention from professional scouts. Those talent evaluators saw an athlete with a developing frame that still has room to carry at least another ten pounds of bulk without having the added weight impact his overall quickness.

 

Carradine showed in his one-on-one battles with much larger offensive tackles that he has great natural strength in his hand punch. In those isolated battles, he does an efficient job of holding ground at the point of attack on the edge and can handle fullbacks and tight ends that try to widen the rush lanes or lead block around the corners.

 

With his sudden burst and ability to generate a pass rush off the edge, he could shift to strong-side line-backer in the pro ranks, as his 4.75-second 40-yard dash and 4.56-second shuttle drill numbers indicate he has the speed to drop back in pass coverage. He is a quick-twitch player with good athletic ability, playing with active hands and excellent balance and lateral movement skills.

 

Carradine’s agility and balance in traffic allows him to generate ease of movement when redirecting to rush the passer. He is a physically tough player that shows good passion for the game and with his balance, he keeps his feet well when changing direction. He also displays the sudden speed to chase down ball carriers on the outside, doing a good job of making plays in short pursuit.

 

The Seminole has that sudden closing burst and edge rushing skills to slip off the outside shoulder of an offensive tackle to pressure the pocket. He is light on his feet and appears to be instinctive playing off blocks, demonstrating the ability to close quickly when he locates the ball. When in tight areas, he has good arm extension and a solid hand punch to shock a lethargic defender and is quick enough to haul down the ball carriers from behind.

 

Carradine is better disrupting the pocket coming off the edge than when shooting the gaps. He is able to sit in the crease with leverage and it is rare to see him get too tall in his stance, as he is conscious of keeping his pads down and preventing the bigger blockers from having any success covering him up. When he keeps his hands active, those blockers will struggle in attempts to plant on him.

 

At Taft High School, the Cincinnati product was regarded as one of the top prospects in the Midwest. He received a three-star prospect grade from Rivals.com, as that recruiting service regarded him as the 18th-best weak-side defensive end in the country, placing him 18th on their Ohio Top 60 team. Scout.com rated him 31st among the nation’s defensive ends and also honored him with a three-star grade.

 

Carradine signed his national letter of intent with the University Illinois out of high school, but failed to qualify academically. He then enrolled at Butler Community College, where he would twice earn All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference honors, in addition to receiving All-American accolades as a sophomore.

 

During his first collegiate campaign, Carradine led the team with 90 tackles from the weak-side defensive end position. He also posted ten sacks with nineteen stops behind the line of scrimmage while causing two fumbles and recovering three others.

 

Carradine helped Butler win the league and Region I title while finishing second in the national junior college poll. His 31 tackles-for-loss are fourth on the conference season-record chart, adding a team-best 109 tackles and sixteen sacks. He also recovered four fumbles, advancing one for a touchdown and forced two fumbles.

 

Carradine was rated the top defensive end prospect in the junior college ranks by both Scout.com and Rivals.com. Rivals went so far as to rate him the best overall player at this level, ranking fifth on Scout’s list along with receiving a five-star prospect grade. He decided to sign with Florida State, enrolling at the university in January, 2011.

 

From being a high school player who could not qualify for a major college due to academic issues, Carradine would earn the Bill McGrotha Humanitarian Award, given for excellence in the classroom, for the 2011 season. Splitting time with Woerner at left defensive end, he produced 38 tackles with 5.5 sacks and eight stops behind the line of scrimmage as a junior.

 

Carradine stepped into the starting lineup at right defensive end after Brandon Jenkins suffered a season-ending injury in the Seminoles’ first game on the 2012 schedule. He would go on to start the next eleven games before suffering his knee injury in the regular season finale. He ranked second in the Atlantic Coast Conference with eleven sacks and seventh with thirteen stops-for-loss. He also finished second on the squad with 80 tackles.

 

 

CAREER NOTES

In 25 games at Florida State, Carradine started eleven contests, recording 118 tackles (71 solos) with 16.5 sacks for minus 115 yards, 21.0 stops for losses of 126 yards, ten QB pressures, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble…In 22 games at Butler Community College, the weak-side defensive end registered 199 tackles (137 solos) with 26.0 sacks for minus 142 yards, 50.0 stops for losses totaling 216 yards and eighteen pressures…Also recovered seven fumbles, caused four others and deflected a pass…For his entire college career, Carradine appeared in 47 games, coming up with 317 tackles (208 solos), 42.5 sacks for minus 257 yards, 71.0 stops for losses totaling 342 yards, 28 pressures, five forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries, returning one 39 yards for a touchdown.

 

2012 SEASON

Carradine missed the team’s final two games, but still received All-American third-team accolades from The NFL Draft Report and Phil Steele, adding honorable mention from Sports Illustrated…The consensus All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team choice was also a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award, given to the nation’s top defensive end (Bjoern Werner was also a finalist, the first time two defensive ends from the same team earned that honor in the same season)…The senior stepped into the starting lineup at right defensive end after Brandon Jenkins suffered a season-ending injury in the opener and emerged as one of the nation’s top defensive ends…In twelve games, he ranked second on the team with 80 tackles (47 solos)…Was also second on the squad and in the league with eleven sacks for minus 73 yards, ranking second among FSU players and seventh in the ACC with thirteen stops for losses of 78 yards…Added nine pressures, as he caused and recovered a fumble…Sat out the ACC title clash vs. Georgia Tech and the Orange Bowl vs. Northern Illinois after he suffered a right knee anterior cruciate ligament tear vs. Florida…Ironically, he was having perhaps his finest game vs. the Gators before getting hurt, delivering a FSU career-best eleven tackles (7 solos) that included an assisted sack, 1.5 stops for minus 11 yards and a pressure. Carradine was injured on a non-contact play. “He was sad,” head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “A very sad moment.” The defensive end was hurt during the fourth quarter of FSU’s 37-26 loss. Making a cut during one play, his right leg just gave out, Fisher said. He wasn’t struck by an opposing player, he didn’t twist his knee trying to avoid a teammate. “He just blew it,” Fisher said of the injury…Earlier in the season, at Virginia Tech, the senior had another 11-tackle performance that included a 4-yard sack…In relief of Brandon Jenkins in the season opener, he responded with nine tackles, a 3-yard sack and two stops for loss…Added 2.5 sacks for minus 12 yards and a pair of pressures vs. Wake Forest, then, he delivered 1.5 sacks for losses of 14 yards, a forced fumble and nine tackles (6 solos) vs. South Florida…Posted a 6-yard sack among seven hits vs. Miami and had 1.5 sacks for minus 15 yards and five tackles vs. Maryland… His performances helped Florida State’s defense lead the nation in yards allowed per play (3.86), rank second nationally in total defense (254.14 ypg) and rank in the top six nationally in scoring defense (14.71 ppg), rushing defense (92.29 ypg), pass defense (161.86 ypg), pass efficiency defense (95.43) and opponent three-and-outs (6.29 per game)…Selected ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week a league-leading three times (Wake Forest, South Florida and Virginia Tech).

 

2011 SEASON

Carradine enrolled at Florida State in January, in time to compete during spring camp…

Was given one of two academic awards for the junior class at the annual team banquet and selected as co-recipient with Nigel Bradham of the Bill McGrotha Humanitarian Award…The junior college transfer became a prominent contributor behind Bjoern Werner at the left defensive end position…Played in all thirteen games and ranked second among defensive ends with 38 tackles, including 24 solo stops…Finished third on the team with 5.5 sacks for minus 42 yards and ranked fifth with eight stops for losses of 48 yards…He tied for tenth in the ACC in sacks (5.5) as FSU was the only school with three players in the top ten in the conference…Posted a season-high five tackles at Clemson…Added 1.5 tackles for loss in each of the Wake Forest and Virginia clashes…Tallied four tackles three other times – vs. Louisiana-Monroe, Wake Forest and Maryland…Capped off the season with four tackles and a sack in the win over Notre Dame in the Champs Sports Bowl.

 

2010 SEASON

Carradine earned NJCAA All-American first-team honors, as the sophomore guided Butler (Kan.) Community College to an 11-1 record, adding All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference and All-Region VI honors…Was named Region VI Defensive Player of the Year after leading Butler to the region and league titles…Led the junior college ranks with sixteen sacks for minus 86 yards and 31.0 stops for losses of 142 yards…His 31 stops-for-loss rank fourth on the conference season-record chart…Added ten pressures while leading the squad with 109 tackles (78 solos) during the regular season…Recovered four fumbles and returned one 39 yards for a touchdown…Also caused two fumbles and deflected one pass…Rated the best player in the junior college ranks by Rivals.com and fifth by Scout.com, as both recruiting services regarded him as the nation’s best defensive end.

 

2009 SEASON

Carradine enrolled at Butler Community College, as the first-team All-KJCCC weak-side defensive end started all eleven games…Registered a team-high 90 tackles (59 solos), as he finished second on the squad with ten sacks for minus 56 yards and nineteen stops for losses of 74 yards…Credited with eight pressures, three fumble recoveries and a pair of forced fumbles.

 

INJURY REPORT

2012 Season…Carradine suffered a right knee anterior cruciate ligament tear vs. Florida (11/24), missing the ACC title game vs. Georgia Tech and the Orange Bowl vs. Northern Illinois.

 

AGILITY TESTS

4.75 in the 40-yard dash…1.69 10-yard dash…2.73 20-yard dash…4.56 20-yard shuttle…

7.20 three-cone drill…33 ½-inch vertical jump…9’3” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 28 times…34 ¾-inch arm length…10 ¼-inch hands…81 ¼-inch wingspan.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Carradine attended Taft (Cincinnati, Oh.) High School, where he was regarded as one of the top prospects in the Midwest…Received a three-star prospect grade from Rivals.com, as that recruiting service regarded him as the 18th-best weak-side defensive end in the country, placing him 18th on their Ohio Top 60 team…Scout.com rated him 31st among the nation’s defensive ends and also honored him with a three-star grade.

 

PERSONAL

Sociology major…Born 2/18/89 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLAYER STATISTICS

DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
STATS GP GS TK SO AS FR FC INT TFL PBU SACK PRES
2009 11 11 090 059 031  02  03  0-0  19.0-074   00  10.0-56    08
2010 11 11 109 078 031  04  02  0-0  31.0-142   01  16.0-86    10
2011 13 00 038 024 014  00  00  0-0  08.0-048   00  05.5-42    01
2012 12 11 080 047 033  01  01  0-0  13.0-078   00  11.0-73    09
TOTAL 25 11 118 071 047  01  01  0-0  21.0-126   00  16.5-115    10
Above statistics are for Florida State career
TOTAL 22 22 199 137 062  06  05  0-0  50.0-216   01  26.0-142    18
Above statistics are for Butler County Community College career
TOTAL 47 33 317 208 109  07  06  0-0  71.0-342   01  42.5-257    28
Above statistics are for complete college career

 

ADVANCED FUMBLE RECOVERIES
STATS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG
2009  01        01 01.00  00    01
2010  01        39 39.00  01    39
TOTAL  02        40 20.00  01    39

 

CARRADINE GAME BY GAME LOG

2012 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Tackles

Sacks

FC

Pres

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Murray St. 09/01/12 Murray St. 69-3

Yes

4

5

0

2

4

0

1

3

0

0

Savannah St. 09/08/12 Savannah St. 55-0

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Wake Forest 09/15/12 Wake Forest 52-0

Yes

1

2

1

2

12

1

2

12

0

2

Clemson 09/22/12 Clemson 49-37

Yes

2

5

0

2

12

0

2

12

0

0

South Fla. 09/29/12 at South Fla. 30-17

Yes

3

6

1

1

14

1

1

14

1

0

North Carolina St. 10/06/12 at North Carolina St. 16-17

Yes

5

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Boston College 10/13/12 Boston College 51-7

Yes

3

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

Miami (FL) 10/20/12 at Miami (FL) 33-20

Yes

2

5

0

1

6

0

1

6

0

0

Duke 10/27/12 Duke 48-7

Yes

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

Virginia Tech 11/08/12 at Virginia Tech 28-22

Yes

5

6

0

1

4

0

1

4

0

0

Maryland 11/17/12 at Maryland 41-14

Yes

2

3

1

1

15

1

1

15

0

0

Florida 11/24/12 Florida 26-37

Yes

4

7

1

1

11

1

0

7

0

1

Georgia Tech 12/01/12 Georgia Tech 21-15

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Northern Ill. 01/01/13 Northern Ill. 31-10

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

33

47

4

11

78

4

9

73

1

9

 

2011 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Tackles

Sacks

FC

Pres

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

La.-Monroe 09/03/11 La.-Monroe 34-0

Yes

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Charleston So. 09/10/11 Charleston So. 62-10

Yes

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Oklahoma 09/17/11 Oklahoma 13-23

Yes

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Clemson 09/24/11 at Clemson 30-35

Yes

2

3

0

1

5

0

1

5

0

0

Wake Forest 10/08/11 at Wake Forest 30-35

Yes

2

2

1

1

8

0

1

8

0

1

Duke 10/15/11 at Duke 41-16

Yes

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Maryland 10/22/11 Maryland 41-16

Yes

3

1

0

1

8

0

1

8

0

0

North Carolina St. 10/29/11 North Carolina St. 34-0

Yes

1

2

0

1

8

0

1

8

0

0

Boston College 11/03/11 at Boston College 38-7

Yes

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Miami (FL) 11/12/11 Miami (FL) 23-19

Yes

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Virginia 11/19/11 Virginia 13-14

Yes

1

1

1

1

8

1

0

6

0

0

Florida 11/26/11 at Florida 21-7

Yes

0

2

0

1

4

0

0

0

0

0

Notre Dame 12/29/11 Notre Dame 18-14

Yes

1

3

0

1

7

0

1

7

0

0

Season Totals

14

24

2

7

48

1

5

42

0

1

 

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