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59 Mike Nattiel
  • Linebacker
  • 6-0 226
  • 1999-2002, 4L
  • Archer (Newberry HS)

A true senior who departs Florida as one of the most experienced linebackers...A top defensive playmaker and pass rusher...Drafted in the sixth round by the Minnesota Vikings with the 190th overall choice in the 2003 NFL Draft.

CAREER: Played in 48 games with 29 starts for 1,874 (+bowl) plays...Also played in the 2000 Citrus Bowl and 2002 Orange Bowl and started the 2001 Sugar Bowl...310 total career tackles (181 solo) with 41 "Big Plays" (15 forced hurries, 10 TBLs, nine pass deflections, three fumble recoveries, two interceptions and two sacks)...

2002: Honorable Mention All-SEC...Starter at strong side linebacker for all 13 games, including the 2003 Outback Bowl...Selected to play in the Senior Bowl and the Hula Bowl...Ranks 21st in the nation and second on the squad with 148 tackles, including 88 unassisted hits...Led the linebackers with 26 "Big Plays"...One of the team's top pass rushers with 12 forced hurries, tied for third highest total on the team...Ranks second among linebackers with XX(771+) plays...Averaged more than 11 tackles per game...Double-digit tackle totals in nine of 13 games...Named a game captain the weeks of the Ole Miss and FSU games...Was UF's Defensive Player of the Game for South Carolina after setting a career-high with 18 tackles vs. South Carolina...One of seven players who had two or more sacks...Led the Gators with 12 total tackles vs. Tennessee...Had a sack, a quarterback hurry and a pass deflection in back-to-back games vs. Tennessee and Kentucky...Tied for most total tackles on squad (12) vs. Miami...

2001: The regular starter at weakside linebacker...Named to Butkus Award preseason Watch List...Played in all 11 regular season games, with eight starts (all but Marshall, LSU and Tennessee) for 465 plays...Also played in the 2002 Orange Bowl...66 tackles on the season with six "Big Plays" (one TBL, one INT, one forced hurry, one fumble recovery and two pass deflections)...66 total tackles, including two on special teams, ranked fourth on the squad and second among LBs...465 plays ranked third most on the linebacker unit...10 tackles vs. Georgia with one pass deflection ...

2000: Emerged as the starter at weakside linebacker...Missed all of spring drills after undergoing shoulder surgery in January...Played in all 12 regular season games with seven starts (LSU, Auburn, Georgia, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Florida State and SEC Championship versus Auburn), seeing action on 467 plays...Also started the Sugar Bowl...61 tackles and six "Big Plays" (two tackles for loss, two INT, two fumble recoveries)...61 tackles ranked fourth best on squad and first among linebackers...In first start of season vs. LSU, he earned a game ball after registering 13 tackles and two interceptions...Eight total tackles (five solo) vs. Auburn...Eight total tackles (three solo) vs. Georgia...13 total tackles (five solo) vs. South Carolina...Eight total tackles (four solo) and two fumble recoveries in SEC Championship Game versus Auburn...

1999: Played in all 12 games with one start (SEC Championship Game vs. Alabama) for 171 plays...Also played in Citrus Bowl...A top backup at weakside linebacker and also played on special teams...35 tackles (22 solo), five "Big Plays" (two TBL (-6), two forced hurries, one pass deflection) and five special teams tackles...35 tackles ranked 10th on the squad, fourth best for a linebacker and second most for a freshman...Three tackles (two solo) vs. UCF...Five tackles (one solo), two "Big Plays" (one TBL (-3) and one quarterback hurry), and one special teams tackle vs. LSU...Six tackles (two solo) and forced hurry vs. Florida State...In first career start, led team with career-high 17 tackles (14 solo) and one "Big Play" (TBL (-3)) in SEC Championship Game vs. Alabama...

PREP: One of the state's elite linebackers in 1998 who garnered All-American recognition...A rare three-time first-team All-State (3A) selection...Named to SuperPrep's All-America Team and that publication ranked him among the nation's top seven linebackers...Named to National Bluechips All-America Team and that publication ranked him among the nation's top dozen prospects at weakside linebacker...Named to PrepStar's All-America Team and that publication ranked him among the top eight linebackers in the SEC region...Honorable mention honors from USA Today in '98...132 tackles in 1998 and made nearly 400 tackles (394) in his sparkling prep career (150 as a junior and 112 as sophomore)...High school coach was Scott Pritchett...

PERSONAL: Born Michael Dondrill Nattiel on November 8, 1980 in Gainesville, Florida...Ricky Nattiel, a outstanding Gator wide receiver in the 1980's who was a first round NFL Draft selection by the Denver Broncos in 1986, is his uncle...Parents: Michael and Sandra Nattiel...

MAJOR: Sociology.

1999 22-13 35 2 0 2 0 0 1 0
2000 34-27 61 2 0 0 0 2 0 2
2001 37-29 66 1 0 1 0 1 2 0
2002 88-60 148 5 2 12 0 0 6 0
Totals 181-129 310 10 2 15 0 3 9 2

Total Tackles: 18 (South Carolina, 2002)
QB Sacks: 2 (last vs. Georgia, 2002)
Forced Fumbles: --
Interceptions: 2 (LSU, 2000)
Big Plays: 3 (LSU, 2002)

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