TALLAHASSEE, Fla. There are few players that have come as far literally and figuratively as Bjoern Werner.
He grew up in Berlin, Germany, and took up flag football in middle school just because some friends asked him to join the team. He hadnt hit his growth spurt yet and was playing receiver and defensive back.
Werner fell in love with the game and continued to improve. He played three years of club football, and two years of high school football in Connecticut before landing at Florida State.
And he has been one of the nations best defensive ends in 2012, leading the Atlantic Coast Conference with 13 sacks -- he's tied for second nationally with South Carolinas Jadeveon Clowney (Anthony Barr of UCLA has 13.5) -- and was second in the conference with 18 tackles for loss. Werner also had 40 tackles and broke up seven passes.
Despite constant double-teams, the 6-foot-4, 255-pound junior was named a unanimous All-American and had one of the finest seasons ever by a Florida State pa...