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74 Randy Hand
  • Offensive Tackle
  • 6-6, 305
  • 2002-05, 4L
  • Fort Myers (Estero HS)

Signed a free agency contract with the New England Patriots in 2006...Spent the last three-plus seasons as a starter at tackle…Played in 47 games with 41 starts…Started the last 34 games of his college career…

HONORS: Named to the 2005 AP and Coaches' Second Team All-SEC team…Selected as participant in the 2006 East-West Shrine All-Star game…

CAREER: Played in 46 games with 39 starts…Has made 34 consecutive starts….One of two true freshman to play during the 2002 season…First true freshman to start a game on the offensive line since Reggie Green and Jason Odom in 1992…

2005: Started all 12 games at right tackle…Chosen as the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week following the Gators' 34-7 defeat of Florida State…Graded out at 90 percent with three knockdowns versus the Seminoles…Anchored an offensive unit that scored 34 points against an FSU defense that ranked 31st nationally in allowing 20.4 points per game…Also helped limit the Seminoles to just two sacks after they entered the contest with an ACC-best 33 sacks on the season, which ranked eighth nationally…Started at left tackle to begin the year against Wyoming and had two knockdowns…Eclipsed the 70 percent mark in three of the Gators' first four games of the season, with the highest coming at Kentucky (77 percent)…Graded out at 86 percent against Vanderbilt on 91 snaps…

2004: Started every game at right tackle for 803 plays to lead all offensive linemen… Named UF's "Best Pass Protector" vs. Kentucky…Earned UF's "Offensive Linemen of the Week" honors at Vanderbilt while grading out at 83 percent…Earned UF's "Best Pass Protector of the Week" vs South Carolina…Also contributed on special teams as a member of the field goal and extra-point team...

2003: Started every game at right tackle for 809 plays ranking fourth on the offensive line…His 61 offensive plays against San Jose State were the most of any Gator lineman, while grading out to a solid 74 percent…Started at right tackle for the second-consecutive week in the Gators' game against Miami…Graded out at 84 percent on 64 offensive plays against the 'Canes…Graded out at 77 percent on a team-high 64 offensive plays against Florida A&M…Named "Most Physical Offensive Lineman of the Week" against Ole Miss, grading out at 79 percent, the third- highest of any Gator…Graded out at 79 percent in the Gators' victory at LSU, the second highest grade by a UF offensive lineman for the game…

2002: Played in 10 games on the offensive line (all but Miami, Tennessee, Kentucky) with four starts at right tackle (Ohio, South Carolina, FSU, Michigan)…Saw action at right guard and tackle for 370 plays, ranking the highest of any freshman…One of two true freshman to play…Earned first career start vs. Ohio, becoming the first true freshman to start a game on the offensive line since Reggie Green and Jason Odom in 1992…Started vs. South Carolina, FSU and Michigan (Outback Bowl) for injured Jonathan Colon…Played a season-high 93 plays against Michigan…307 of his 370 plays were in last five games of the season…

PREP: One of the state's elite offensive linemen in 2001 who gained national recognition…Received All-America honors from National Bluechips and that publication ranked him among the nation's top 15 offensive tackles…All-America recognition from Rivals.com and that group ranked him among the top 10 offensive tackles…Ranked among the nation's top 20 offensive linemen by Student Sports magazine…All-America recognition from PrepStar and that publication ranked him among the top twelve offensive linemen in the southeast…Second team All-State selection in class 4A…Played in Florida-Georgia All-Star Game…Also visited Virginia, North Carolina, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame and Auburn…High school coach was Billy Swats…

Major: Sociology


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