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98 Tron LaFavor
  • Defensive Tackle
  • 6-2, 285
  • Senior, 4L
  • Ft. Lauderdale (Dillard HS)

Drafted in the fifth round by the Chicago Bears with the 171st overall choice in the 2003 NFL Draft.

CAREER: Started Gator career at defensive end before moving to tackle in September of 2000...Played in 45 games with 13 starts for 1,191 plays and also played in the 2000 Citrus Bowl and the 2001 Sugar Bowl and started the 2002 Orange Bowl...112 career tackles and 31 "Big Plays" (two sacks, 10 tackles for loss, 12 forced hurries, three fumble recoveries, three pass deflections and one INT)...Two-time (2000-01) SEC Academic Honor Roll selection...Received the "Best Effort on Defense" Award after the 2001 season...Selected to play in the 2003 Hula Bowl.

2002: A prominent member of defensive tackle rotation...Saw action in all 13 games for 476 plays...Started three games (Miami, Tennessee, South Carolina)...Ranks third among defensive lineman with 50 tackles...Registered 51 tackles (32 solo) and 13 "Big Plays" (two sacks, three TBL, six FH, one FR, one PD)...Finished with a career-best seven tackles, a forced hurry and a pass deflection in homecoming win over South Carolina...Recorded six tackles, including five solos, along with a sack, TBL and a forced hurry in the win over undefeated Georgia...Tied season-high seven tackles vs. Ole Miss...Named a UF game captain for the Vanderbilt game...One of six players who has two or more sacks...Recovered a fumble and had one tackle in 31 plays vs. UAB...All six QB hurries came in last four games.

2001: Emerged as a starter at defensive tackle...Saw action in all 11 regular season games, with nine starts (all but Marshall and South Carolina) for 358 plays...Also started the Orange Bowl...42 tackles and 11 "Big Plays" (2 TBL, six forced hurries, two pass deflections and a fumble recovery) on the season...42 tackles ranked as the third most among defensive linemen...Eleven "Big Plays" ranked fourth on defensive line unit...Named to SEC Academic Honor Roll...Won UF's post-season award for "Best Effort on Defense"...

2000: Spent the first month of the season at defensive end before moving to defensive tackle...Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll...Co-recipient of the Everyday Award for the defensive unit at the conclusion of spring drills...Played in all 12 regular season games with one start (Tennessee at DE) and saw action on 232 plays...Also played in the Sugar Bowl...13 tackles and six "Big Plays" (one FR, one INT and four TBL) on the season...Tied for fifth on the team in TTFLs with four (-12)...Two solo tackles and two "Big Plays" (one fumble recovery, one TFL (-3 yards) vs. Ball State...Tied career highs in tackles (2) and "Big Plays" (two TTFL (-3)) vs. Mississippi State...

1999: Played in nine of 12 games (all but Tennessee, Alabama and Florida State) for 125 plays...Also played in Citrus Bowl...Registered six tackles and one "Big Play" (one TBL (-3))...Saw first game action against Western Michigan in the 1999 season opener and made one assisted tackle...One tackle and one "Big Play" (one TBL (-3)) vs. LSU...Two tackles vs. South Carolina...

PREP: One of the state's top defensive linemen in '98 who received prep all-america honors...Named to National Bluechips All-America Team and that publication ranked him among the nation's top five prospects at rush defensive end...Named to National Recruiting Advisor's All-America Team and that publication ranked him among the nation's top 10 players in its weakside defensive end classification...USA Today honorable mention all-america recognition...First-team All-State (6A) honors in 1998...86 tackles with 20 quarterback sacks for Dillard High School in '98...High school coach was Ken Scott...

PERSONAL: Born Tron LaFavor on November 27, 1979...Parents: James and Elloree LaFavor...

Major: Sociology.


CAREER STATISTICS
YEAR UT-AT TT TBL QBS FH FF FR PD INT
1999 4-2 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000 9-4 13 4 0 0 0 1 0 1
2001 19-23 42 2 1 6 0 0 2 0
2002 32-19 51 3 2 6 0 1 1 0
Totals 64-48 112 10 3 12 0 2 3 1

CAREER HIGHS:
Total Tackles: 7 (three times, last vs. South Carolina, 2002)
QB Sacks: 1 (three times, last vs. Georgia, 2002)
Forced Fumbles: --
Interceptions: 1 (twice, last vs. Vandy, 2001)
Big Plays: 3 (vs. Georgia, 2002)

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