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77 Max Starks

Drafted in the 2004 NFL Draft in the second round by the Pittsburgh Steelers...

CAREER: Started three consecutive years at three different positions (RT in 2001, LT in 2002 and RG/LT in 2003)...Played in 43 games, with 36 starts, for 2,698 plays, and started the 2002 Orange Bowl...

2003: Played in 12 games and made 11 starts for 778 plays (started at RG against San Jose State, Arkansas, Georgia and at LT vs. Miami, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Iowa)...Had 28 consecutive starts before missing the first snap at Kentucky with an ankle injury, coming in on the second play of the game to go on to play on 64 offensive snaps and post three knock downs...Missed the LSU trip due to an abscessed tooth marking the first time in his career he did not play in a game snapping a string of 37 consecutive appearances...Was an All-SEC first team selection by the coaches...Named to the Outland Trophy Watch List...An All-SEC Offense honoree by member of the SEC Good Works Team...Named UF's Offensive Lineman of the Week twice, Most Physical Lineman twice and had the most knock downs in a game four times...Graded out at 89 percent against Miami and was named Florida's Most Physical Offensive Lineman...Eight knock downs against the Hurricanes ranked third among offensive linemen while his 69 plays tied for the highest total among the unit...Helped the Gators amass 397 yards of total offense against Miami...Named UF's Most Physical Offensive Lineman of the week vs. Georgia, grading out at 83 percent and finishing with a team-best eight knock downs... Graded out 82 percent with five knock downs vs. Arkansas... Had the most knock downs of any member of the squad with 10 vs. Vanderbilt...Named the Gators' Most Physical Offensive Lineman against San Jose State, grading out to an impressive 84 percent while posting six knock downs in the opener... Graded out at 80 percent against Florida A&M, while posting a team-high six knock downs on just 43 plays...Was a game captain against Miami and Tennessee...Recipient of the Bob Bryan Student-Athlete Award...

2002: The starter at left tackle in all 13 games...Honorable mention All-SEC...Led the offense with 1,044 plays...Only offensive lineman to start at the same position for all 13 games...Named Offensive Lineman of the Week after the Tennessee game after grading out a line-high 82 percent...Graded out a team-best 71 percent vs. Auburn and shared a team-high of 13 knock downs...Led the team in knockdowns in win at Vandy... Named Offensive Lineman of the Week after the South Carolina game...Named a UF game captain the week of the Kentucky game...Selected as the Jefferson Pilot SEC Good Works Team Player of the Week after the Vanderbilt game for his efforts in local community programs...Named UF's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman at the conclusion of the season...

2001: The starter at right tackle in all 11 games and the Orange Bowl...752 plays ranked second on the offensive squad...Season opener vs. Marshall marked his first career start...Named squad's Most Improved Offensive Lineman during the spring...

2000: A backup at offensive tackle as a true freshman...Played in seven of 12 games (Ball State, Middle Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi State, LSU, Auburn and Vanderbilt) for 125 plays...

PREP: One of the state's top offensive linemen in 1999 who earned prep All-America honors...Named to SuperPrep's All-America Team and that publication ranked him among the nation's top 25 offensive linemen...Named to National Bluechips All-America Team and that publication ranked him among the nation's top 25 offensive tackles...USA Today honorable mention All-America recognition...Named to PrepStar's All-America Team and that publication ranked him among the top 15 offensive linemen in the southeast...Prep Football Report ranked him among the nation's top 17 offensive linemen...SuperPrep ranked him among the state of Florida's top 20 players and top three offensive linemen...Also a two-time All-Conference selection in basketball...Selected to play in Florida-Georgia All-Star Game...Heavily involved in the community, including serving as a tutor and working with Kids Against Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco...Also visited Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame and USC...High school coach was Tim Borcky...


"Potential. Starks has as much of it as he has size. He has strength, quickness and intelligence. He has surprisingly nimble feet for a giant. And he had great bloodlines (six of his relatives have played in the NFL, including his father Ross Browner)."
(August 31, 2001) Robbie Andreu, The Gainesville Sun

"Starks has become Mr. Reliable here. He's not flashy, but moves extremely well for a player his size (6-7, 349) and has been very solid the past two seasons. He has quick feet and long arms, which serve him well in pass protection. He's also improved his run blocking ability under Joe Wickline and the new coaching staff, which has put an emphasis on being tougher up front in the running game. He has a chance to emerge as an all-star candidate and possible high NFL Draft pick."
(August 10, 2003) Robbie Andreu, The Gainesville Sun

"Dedicated to service, Starks is a really big man (6-7, 349) with even bigger plans. He, too, has a possible future in the NFL as he enters his senior year as a starting offensive tackle, but his resume indicates he will be successful in whatever he pursues."
(2003 Gator Bait Preview) Marty Cohen, Gator Bait

"Starks looks larger than life, and his actions give the same impression. He has relatives who are lawyers, doctors and dentists, and his stepdad, an engineer, is the vice-president of a construction management firm, so he comes from a long line of achievers."
(2003 Gator Bait Preview) Marty Cohen, Gator Bait

"I believe they're (the OL) great. The junior college guys helped a lot. Max and Shannon will be draft picks next year and they're showing the younger guys a lot. Mike Degory is probably one of the biggest surprises, he might be the best person on the line. He's just getting a lot stronger."
(July 10, 2003) Ciatrick Fason, UF Running Back

"Excellent pass protection is one reason Rex Grossman and his incredible receivers are re-writing the Florida record books authored by Danny Wuerffel and Co. Starks is a major factor in that blocking...if he were struggling, Grossman would not be on the Heisman Trophy A-List."
(November 29, 2001) Guerry Smith, Gator Bait

"Despite his size, Starks has a knack for staying low and playing with good leverage and leg drive. He also brings a good dose of attitude to the field."
(Preseason, 2003) The Sporting News

"We're really happy with the way he's come around. He's really got good, quick feet and has really played well. Right now he and [All-American tackle] Mike Pearson are very similar in the way they play. Max is doing well."
(November 29, 2001) Steve Spurrier, Former Florida Head Coach

"Playing next to him has been great. I told everybody that he is probably going to be one of the best left tackles ever to play here."
(September 24, 2002) Shannon Snell, UF Offensive Lineman

"I feel comfortable with Max and Max feels comfortable with me. When you play next to somebody for a couple of years, and you know his techniques and how he's going to block, you know what he's going to do and what he's thinking. It's a great feeling. We take great pride in that. I wouldn't like to play next to anybody else."
(2003 Gator Bait Preview) Shannon Snell, UF Offensive Lineman

"We talk about that Max is in the National Honor Society of people at the University of Florida that wear size 18 shoes. He's into so many things. How does he have time for it? I don't know how he does it. I try to call him at home, and he's not there. I'm like 'Max, where were you?' He's like, 'I was at a meeting for the board of directors or something.' I've never seen somebody so involved in the community and the actual university."
(2003 Gator Bait Preview) Shannon Snell, UF Offensive Lineman

"People expect him being so big, that he should just be mean all the time, and that's not the way he is. Off the field, he's just enjoyable to be around. On the field, if you were to say he was soft, he's going to put you on your back."
(2003 Gator Bait Preview) Shannon Snell, UF Offensive Lineman

"Max has adjusted really well. I didn't realize he could. He's a real versatile player. Being as big as he is, he absolutely dominates whatever side he's on."
(August 19, 2003) Shannon Snell, UF Offensive Lineman

"It's going to be awesome because you have to make a strong core to actually run the ball. These coaches thought about (moving Starks to RG) during the off-season, and they implemented it during two-a-days. If we keep focused and stay on our goal, the sky's the limit."
(August 10, 2003) Shannon Snell, UF Offensive Lineman

"Because of my height alone, people automatically assumed a certain maturity level or a certain responsibility when I was young. As I got older, I amassed more responsibility. It's just something I've always embraced. I've always loved helping others and working with others. That's helped me excel in athletics because of the fact you have to depend on teamwork and team-building skills. It's something I followed from my parents and just learned at a very young age."
(2003 Gator Bait Preview) Max Starks, UF Offensive Lineman

"That (UF's Office of Student Life) was one of the big drawing factors before I ever set foot in any advisor's office or any football coaches office and got their spiel. It was a big draw for me, reading about making a difference with kids with mental handicaps, emotional problems or just needy students. The other schools, when I went on my official visits, never mentioned any type of organization like that."
(2003 Gator Bait Preview) Max Starks, UF Offensive Lineman

"The comfort zone is a lot better. I don't have to switch my steps. I don't have to learn everything backwards. We've had a year with the new system and it's not a new system anymore. It's our system. It's going to be a lot of fun having that much more experience at the same position and going in trying to be a leader and trying to help our team win."
(2003 Gator Bait Preview) Max Starks, UF Offensive Lineman

"You feel an added responsibility when you're a left tackle. When you play there, you have to be on your game at all times because the quarterback's depending on you to watch his back. He's not expecting somebody to come free on his blind side."
(August 1, 2003) Max Starks, UF Offensive Lineman

"It's going to add a little versatility (his move from OT to RG). Coaches said there was a weakness there at right guard so someone's got to step it up at the right guard position. So I just decided to say, hey, you're a senior be a leader. We need the best five on the field. I'm willing to help the team wherever they need to be helped."
(August 10, 2003) Max Starks, UF Offensive Lineman

"We have to wait and see how he does in a game, but he has the ability to be as good as anyone we've had here."
(August 31, 2001) Jimmy Ray Stephens, Former Florida Offensive Line Coach

"When you've got somebody that big that can move that quick, you know you've got something special. He's like a building, like a big pillar walking around, except he's got the ability to be fast on his feet. He's just special.
(November 26, 2001) Zac Zedalis, Former Florida center

"You've got to look at Max and Shannon as the ones who are going to lead this football team on offense. They are the two with the most experience and playing time."
(2003 Gator Bait Preview) Ron Zook, UF Head Coach

"Max is a great person, a great football player, and he's ready to do whatever's best for the team. He's a great ambassador for the University of Florida. He's going to be one of the real leaders of our senior class."
(August 1, 2003) Ron Zook, UF Head Coach

"What you want to do is try to get your five best offensive linemen on the field. Watching film with the defense, Max (Starks) is a load in the middle (at right guard). He's a big man now."
(August 15, 2003) Ron Zook, UF Head Coach

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