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  75 Ben Brown
  • Offensive Guard
  • 6-6, 299
  • junior, 1L
  • Clearwater (Countryside HS)

A redshirt junior... Has played in 11 regular season games for 206 plays... Also played in 1999 Orange Bowl... Missed all of spring drills as he continued to recover from back surgery he underwent last fall...Status for the fall is quite questionable and his football career could be over due to back injury...

1999 - A top backup at left guard who saw limited action due to ankle and back injuries... Played in three games (Western Michigan, UCF and Auburn) for 89 plays... Injured his right ankle vs. UCF and missed the Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and LSU games... Missed the Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Florida State and Alabama (SEC Championship) games with a lower back injury... Co-recipient of offensive unit's Best Effort Award during spring...

1998 - Played in eight regular season games (all but The Citadel, Tennessee and Florida State) for 117 plays ... Also played in Orange Bowl... Underwent surgery in July for a herniated disc and missed all of fall drills... Did not play in the season opener but returned in 25 plays vs. Northeast Louisiana, his first collegiate action... Co-recipient of offensive unit's Best Effort Award during spring...

1997 - Did not see any game action and was redshirted... Worked with the scout team on the offensive line...

Prep - One of the state's elite offensive linemen in 1996 who garnered prep All-America honors... Received All-America recognition from the National Recruiting Advisor, which ranked him among the nation's top 12 prep offensive tackles... All-America recognition from USA Today and Prep Star, which also ranked him among the top six prep OL in the SEC region... A three-year, two-way line starter... Named to prestigious Florida Super Seniors Team as an offensive lineman... Ranked among the state's top 25 players by SuperPrep... First-team All-State honors (6A)... Selected to play in Florida-Georgia game... Set school record for bench press with 440-pound bench in 1996... From same high school as former Gator offensive lineman Jeff Mitchell, who was a semifinalist for the Outland Trophy (nation's top interior lineman) in 1996... High school coach was Bob Gobel... Also visited Arizona State, North Carolina and Notre Dame...

Personal - Born Benjamin Joseph Brown on April 4, 1979 in Lansing, Michigan... Parents - Bob and Chris Brown... Father, Bob, played football for Michigan State... Hobbies include hunting and weightlifting... Favorite book is Of Mice and Men... Favorite sports personality is Chris Spielman...

Major - Natural Resource Management.

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