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68 Mike Degory
  • Center
  • 6-6, 304
  • 2001-05, 4L
  • Palm Bay Palm Bay HS

Was offered a free agent contract by the St. Louis Rams in 2006...A four-year starter at center who started all 50 games of his college career, which is tied for the best in Florida football history and third-highest in the history of the Southeastern Conference…

HONORS: Three-time selection to Rimington Trophy Watch list (2003, 2004, 2005)….One of six finalists for the Rimington Trophy in 2005…Selected to participate in the 2006 East-West Shrine All-Star game…Named to the 2005 AP and Coaches' First Team All-SEC team…Listed as 2005 First Team All-American by CBS Sportsline…Named to 2005 Second Team All-American team by Phil Steele's 2005 College Football Preview…Tabbed for preseason Second Team All-American by Lindys…All-SEC Second Team-Coaches' and AP in 2004…All-SEC Second Team-Coaches' and AP in 2003…Named UF's "Outstanding Offensive Lineman" in both 2003 and 2004…Earned a spot on The Sporting News Freshman All-America team in 2002…Named to the Scripps/Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America team in 2002…Earned a spot on the Coaches' and Knoxville- News Sentinel Freshman All-SEC team in 2002…Earned the Bob Bryan Student-Athlete Award at the conclusion of the 2004 Spring drills…Two-time member to SEC Goodworks team for his involvement in the community…Recently named first-team Academic All-District III by ESPN The Magazine and will now be on the ballot for Academic All-America…Was announced on Oct. 4 as one of 184 semifinalists by The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFF) for the 2005 Draddy Trophy, presented by Health South, and as a candidate for the NFF 2005 National Scholar-Athlete Awards…

CAREER: Started 50 consecutive games (every game of his career)…His 50 consecutive starts are tied for tops on the all-time UF list with Larry Kennedy (1991-94) and are the third-best total in SEC history…Degory is one of five players to serve multiple years as team captain. Derrick Chambers was the most recent during the 1999-00 seasons. Alonzo Johnson (1984-85), Doug Drew (1982-83) and James Jones (1981-82) are the only other Florida players to serve two years as captain…

2005: Made his 50th-straight start against Iowa, tying him with former cornerback Larry Kennedy (1991-94) for first on UF's all-time chart…Boasts the nation's second-longest starting streak…Started all 12 games at center for the Gators…Received an 80 percent-or-better grade in five games…Received a season-best 86 percent grade in the 49-42 win over Vanderbilt…Efforts at South Carolina yielded 149 yards on 37 carries, an average of four yards per carry…Helped the Gators gain 191 yards on 42 rushes (4.5 avg.) in the 49-42 win over Vanderbilt…Instrumental in UF gaining 153 yards on 37 attempts (4.1 avg.) against Georgia…Helped the Gators rush for 191 yards on 37 carries (5.2 avg.) in the victory over Mississippi State…Named as the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week on Sept. 27, becoming the first Gator to earn the accolade since the award was created last season…Graded a team-best 84 percent blocking and recorded three knockdowns against the Wildcats…Helped UF's offense roll up 437 yards in the first half, including 139 rushing yards…In the second quarter alone, the Gators gained 249 yards and held possession of the ball for over nine minutes…UF rushed for 187 yards on 42 attempts (4.5 avg.) in the 49-28 win over Kentucky…Was instrumental in helping the Gators rush for a season-high 251 yards on 49 carries against Louisiana Tech…Took his customary position in the first game against Wyoming and responded with a team-high five knockdowns…

2004:The starting center for the third consecutive season…Named to the Rimington Trophy Watch List in 2004…Started every contest, seeing action for 779 plays, second among offensive linemen…Named to SEC Academic Honor Roll and SEC Goodworks team…Graded out at a team high 82 percent to earn UF's "Linemen of the Week" honors at Tennessee and recorded season-high seven knockdowns…Graded out at 90 percent vs. Arkansas to lead all offensive linemen helping him earn UF's "Best Pass Protector of the Week" honors…Team-high 91 percent grade vs. LSU to earn UF's "Linemen of the Week" honors…Team-high 10 knockdowns at Vanderbilt garnering him with UF's "Most Physical Linemen of the Week" accolades…Team-high five knockdowns vs. South Carolina to earn UF's "Most Physical Linemen of the Week" honors…

2003: Was one of only two Gators on the offensive line who started every game at the same position, lining up at center in every contest…831 plays ranked third among offensive linemen…Named UF's "Most Physical Lineman" three times and "Offensive Lineman of the Week" three times during the 2003 season…UF's "Most Physical Lineman" vs. South Carolina, grading out at 82 percent…Named UF's "Offensive Lineman of the Week" after grading out a line-best 86 percent in the win over No. 4 Georgia…Named Offensive Lineman of the Game after grading out to a team-high 90 percent against San Jose State, including eight knockdowns…Named Offensive Lineman of the Game after the Miami game, as he graded out at 90 percent for the second straight week, while posting a team-best 12 knock downs…Named Most Physical Player of the Game against Florida A&M after grading out at 78 percent…One of only two Gator offensive lineman to be in on all 71 offensive plays against Tennessee…Graded out 90 percent vs. Arkansas with nine knock downs, earning him Best Offensive Lineman of the Week accolades…Named Offensive Lineman of the Week for the third time in five weeks after the Kentucky game, grading out to a team-high 90 percent…Named the Most Physical Player of the Game after Kentucky as well, posting 4 1/2 knock downs and participating in every offensive snap on the day…Graded out to 80 percent against Ole Miss and finished with three knock downs…Posted five knock downs against LSU and lined up for 74 offensive snaps of the ball…Named Offensive Lineman of the Week after the Vanderbilt game, grading out 95 percent …Named a Gator game captain vs. Ole Miss…Named the UF Outstanding Offensive Lineman…

2002: UF's second-most experienced offensive lineman, starting all 13 games for 967 plays…A starter at center for 10 games (UAB, Miami, Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, FSU and Michigan)… Started at left guard vs. LSU in place of injured Shannon Snell and right guard vs. Auburn and Georgia…Earned a spot on The Sporting News Freshman All-America team … One of only three freshman in Florida history to start every game on the offensive line (David Williams was the first in 1985 and Reggie Green in 1992)… Graded out the highest of any offensive lineman in four of the first six games (UAB, Ohio and Kentucky, Ole Miss)… Named Offensive Player of the Week after the Ohio game after grading out a team high 72 percent with line-high 10 knockdowns… Shared team-lead with 13 knockdowns vs. Auburn…Graded out a game-high 70 percent in win over No. 5 Georgia …Was named Offensive Lineman of the Week and "Most Physical" vs. Vandy…Led the team in knockdowns vs. South Carolina …As a freshman, named a captain for the Tennessee game…Named UF's "Most Outstanding Freshman"…Received the "Most Improved Player on Offense" Award after 2002 spring practice…

2001: Was on the scout team along the offensive line and was redshirted…

PREP: Considered one of the nation's elite prep offensive linemen in 2000…Named to PrepStar's All-America Dream Team and that publication ranked him among the top 15 offensive linemen in the nation and the top five in the southeast… Named to SuperPrep's All-America Team and that publication ranked him among the nation's top 10 offensive linemen… National Bluechips ranked him among the top four center prospects in the nation… MVP of the state's 6A state championship game in 2000, an almost unheard of achievement for an offensive lineman…Three year starter…Three-time first-team All-Conference pick…First team All-State (6A) selection…3.8 GPA… Also visited Michigan State, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech…High school coach was Dan Burke…

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