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91 Derrick Chambers
  • Defensive Tackle
  • 6-4, 295, Senior
  • Lawndale, NC (Burns HS)

A redshirt senior ...Played in 43 regular season games with 23 starts for 1,657 plays and also played in the 1998 Citrus Bowl and 1999 Orange Bowl, and started the 2000 Citrus Bowl and 2001 Nokia Sugar Bowl...Registered 63 tackles and 34 "Big Plays" (nine QB sacks (-61), eight TBL (-14), three PD, one FR and 13 FH)

2000 Season
An experienced fifth-year senior defensive lineman who battled Buck Gurley all season for a starting DT spot...Moved back to tackle this spring after playing mostly at defensive end in 1999...Selected for the Florida Gridiron Classic All-Star Game...A squad captain for the second straight year...Played in 10 of 12 games (missed the Kentucky game to an ankle injury and did not dress vs. Auburn) with nine starts (Ball State, Middle Tennessee, Tennessee, LSU, Georgia, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Florida State and SEC Championship game vs. Auburn)...Has played on 324 snaps ...Also played in the Sugar Bowl...Five tackles on the season with eight "Big Plays" (three TFL (-3), three QB hurries and two PD) ...Three "Big Plays" (a career-high two PD, and one QB hurry vs. Vanderbilt) ...Three "Big Plays" vs. South Carolina (all tackles for loss)

1999 Season
Played in all 12 games with 10 starts (all but Kentucky and Alabama (SEC Championship Game)) for 491 plays... Also started Citrus Bowl... A defensive tri-captain... Moved from defensive tackle to defensive end during spring... Registered 24 tackles and nine "Big Plays" (three QB sacks (-18), two TBL (-6), one FR and three FH) on the year... Two "Big Plays" (two FH) vs. Kentucky... Five tackles and one "Big Play" (one QB sack (-9)) vs. Auburn... Four tackles and one "Big Play" (one QB sack (-7)) vs. South Carolina... Honorable Mention All-America candidate in Street & Smith's preseason publication... Rated the 18th best defensive tackle and preseason second team All-SEC in Lindy's preseason publication... Named co-recipient of UF's Leadership Award on defense during spring.

1998 Season
Played in each of UF's 11 regular season games with four starts (Auburn, Georgia, Vanderbilt, South Carolina) for 439 plays... Also played in Orange Bowl... The top backup to Ed Chester at left tackle for the first six games who moved into a starting role due to Chester's season-ending knee injury suffered vs. LSU... 28 tackles and 14.5 "Big Plays" (three TBL (-5), 4.5 QB sacks (-33), one PD and six FH)... 14.5 "Big Plays" ranked seventh on team and third on defensive line... Saw first extensive playing time of career against LSU due to injury to Ed Chester, registering seven tackles with two QB sacks (-20) and one TBL (-2)... Two tackles and four "Big Plays" (one QB sack (-1), one pass deflection and two forced QB hurries) in first start of year vs. Auburn... Four tackles and three "Big Plays" (one QB sack (-10), one TBL (-1), one FH) vs. Vanderbilt... Received UF's Most Improved Defensive Lineman Award during spring. 1997 Season A top backup at tackle who played in 10 of 11 games (all but Florida State) with one start (Arkansas) for 192 plays... Also played in Citrus Bowl... Six tackles and 2.5 "Big Plays" (1.5 QB sack (-10) and one FH) on the year... Averaged 19.2 plays per game... Made Gator debut vs. Southern Mississippi with two tackles in 21 plays... Two tackles vs. Central Michigan... First career sack (-6) vs. Kentucky... Made first career start vs. Arkansas and had two tackles and 0.5 QB sack (-4)... Missed spring drills with a lower back injury...

1996 Season
Did not see any game action and was redshirted... Worked with the scout team on the defensive line.

Considered one of the nation's premier prep defensive linemen in 1995... A first-team prep All-America selection by Bluechips Illustrated, SuperPrep, and the National Recruiting Advisor... Named one of the top dozen defensive linemen in the nation by SuperPrep while National Recruiting Advisor named him one of the nation's top three players in its "rush-end" category... SuperPrep named him one of the top two overall players in the state of North Carolina... 18 QB sacks alone during the 1995 season... High school coach was Ron Greene ... Also visited Florida State, Notre Dame and Tennessee.

Born Derrick Chambers on January 28, 1978 in Shelby, North Carolina... Parents: Franklin and Kathy Lawrence... Enjoys basketball, swimming and fishing... Favorite sports personality is Reggie White... Spoke to youth groups as a member of the Christian Outreach in Lawndale... Favorite actor is Sylvester Stallone...

Major: Sociology.

1997 4-2 6 1.5(-10) 1 0 0
1998 19-9 28 7.5 (-38) 6 0 1
1999 16-8 24 5 (-24) 3 1 0
2000 3-2 5 3 (-3) 3 0 2
Totals 42-21 63 17 (-75) 13 1 3

Total Tackles:
7 (LSU, 1998)
Unassisted Tackles: 5 (Auburn, 1999)
QB Sacks: 2 (LSU, 1998)
Pass Deflections: 2 (Vanderbilt, 2000)
"Big Plays:" 4 (South Carolina, 2000 and Auburn, 1998)

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