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Brandon Spikes

LB

Height
6' 3"
CLASS
FR
Hometown
Shelby, N.C.
Weight
240 lbs.
Experience
HS
School
Crest
Josh Portis

 

CAREER: Appeared in 47 games with 39 starts at linebacker...Collected 307 total tackles (178 solo) in his career...Registered 31.5 tackles for loss, including 6.5 QB sacks...Forced two fumbles, recovered four fumbles and had six interceptions which he returned for 139 yards and four touchdowns...Totaled four touchdown returns off interceptions from 2008-09, more than any other player in the nation and a Florida school record for interception touchdowns in a career...Since 1996, he is one of only three linebackers in the nation to have four interceptions returned for touchdowns...Invited to participate in the 2010 NFL Combine.

 

HONORS/AWARDS

2009

·          Butkus Award Finalist

·          Bednarik Award Finalist

·          Lombardi Award Semifinalist

·          Lott Trophy Quarterfinalist

·          Bronko Nagurski Watch List

·          Walter Camp First-Team All-American

·          Sporting News First-Team All-American

·          AP First-Team All-American

·          Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List

·          CBSSports.com Second-Team All-America (LB)

·          First-Team All-SEC LB (coaches)

·          AP Second-Team All-SEC (LB)

·          Sporting News All-SEC LB

·          First-Team All-SEC LB (Phil Steele)

·          Second-Team All-American LB (Phil Steele)

·          Pro Football Weekly Honorable Mention All-America Team ILB

·          SEC Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 10)

·          2009 Sports Illustrated Preseason All-America Team MLB

·          Preseason First-Team All-American (Phil Steele)

·          Playboy’s Preseason All-American Football Team selection

·          Preseason First-Team All-American LB (Sporting News)

·          Preseason First-Team All-American (ESPN)

·          Preseason First-Team All-American (CBS Sports)

·          Preseason All-SEC First-Team LB (coaches)

·          Preseason All-SEC First-Team LB (media)

·          Preseason All-SEC First-Team (Phil Steele)

2008

·          Bronko Nagurski Trophy Finalist

·          Chuck Bednarik Award Semifinalist     

·          Lombardi Award Semifinalist   

·          Lott Trophy Quarterfinalist      

·          Butkus Award Watch List

·          SEC Defensive Player of the Week (10/13 – LSU)

·          2008 Team Captain

·          2008 UF Football Leadership Committee

·          Preseason First Team All-SEC (Football Time in Tennessee)

·          Preseason All-SEC Team (Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook)

·          Preseason Second Team All-American (Phil Steele)

·          Preseason First Team All-SEC (Phil Steele)

·          Preseason Second Team All-American (Athlon)

·          Preseason First Team All-SEC (Athlon)

·          Preseason First Team All-SEC (SEC Coaches)

·          Preseason First Team All-SEC (Media)

2007

·          First-team All-SEC selection by the league’s coaches and the AP

·          Second-team All-SEC honoree by Rivals.com

·          2007 UF Football Leadership Committee

 

2009: One of three finalists for the 2009 Chuck Bednarik Award and a finalist for the 2009 Butkus Award...Named a Walter Camp First-Team All-American...First-Team All-SEC selection by the coaches’, and Phil Steele and Second-Team All-SEC by the AP...Also a candidate for the Lombardi Award and Lott Trophy...Finished the season tied for third among Gators with 68 total tackles (36 solo)...Returned two interceptions for touchdowns, tied for the most in the nation...Tied for the team lead with six tackles, all solo, and recorded one tackle-for-loss and one pass breakup in the Sugar Bowl win over Cincinnati...Finished second among teammates with nine tackles (four solo), including one for a loss of three yards and two QB hurries versus Alabama in the SEC Championship Game...Had five tackles (three solo), a pass breakup and a QB hurry against FIU...With his interception and 41-yard return for a TD on FIU’s first drive of the game, Spikes set the school record for interceptions for a touchdown...He is also the only player in the nation to record four interception TDs in the past two seasons...Tallied three tackles, all solo, and collected his first fumble recovery of the season in the win over South Carolina...Three of his four career fumble recoveries came against South Carolina...Led the Gators against Georgia with 10 tackles (four solo) and tallied his fifth-career interception and returned it five yards for his third TD off a pick in his career...Had the most tackles among teammates with 11 (four solo), including a career-high 3.0 quarterback sacks for a loss of 14 yards in the Gators’ win over LSU...Was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Tigers...Led the team with 10 tackles in the win at Kentucky...Notched four tackles (three solo), 1.5 tackles for a loss and one pass break-up in the season opener against Charleston Southern.

 

2008: Named a consensus first-team All-American and first-team All-SEC performer...Named a team captain for the 2008 season and was a member of the 2008 UF Football Leadership Committee...Selected as a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award and Chuck Bednarik Award...One of only five linebackers in the nation with two interception returns for touchdowns during the season...Two interceptions returned for a touchdown in a season tied the school record...Had four interceptions against top-25 teams, which tied for second among all players nationally and was the most by any linebacker in the country; since 1996, the only other linebackers that have had four interceptions in a season against top-25 teams were Tulsa’s Michael LeDet (2004) and Michigan State’s T.J. Turner (1999)...His two interceptions against LSU made him one of only 12 linebackers in the country to have two interceptions in a game this year...Starter at middle linebacker led the team with 93 tackles on the season, including 8.0 for a loss of 29 yards...Finished with six tackles in the BCS National Championship Game win over Oklahoma...Recorded seven tackles, two QB hurries and broke up one pass in the SEC Championship game against Alabama...Collected his fourth interception of the season on the first play of the second half against Florida State and returned it 26 yards, while also leading the team with six tackles...Intercepted a pass in the first quarter against South Carolina and returned it 12 yards for his second touchdown of the year...Led the Gators with seven tackles against Vanderbilt, including two for a loss of eight yards...Named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against LSU, where he had his first career interception in the first quarter...On the first play of the fourth quarter, he added his second interception, which he returned 52-yards for the first touchdown of his career, at any level...Had a streak of 11 consecutive games with a tackle for loss end against LSU...Against Ole Miss, had eight tackles in the first half for the second game in a row on his way to a season-high 13 tackles...Led the team with 10 tackles in the win over Tennessee, including one tackle for loss...Made his season debut against Miami and recorded a game-high 11 tackles, including 1.5 for a loss of three yards...Missed the first game of the season due to a foot injury...A consensus preseason first-team All-SEC pick.

 

2007: Started in all 13 games at middle linebacker, leading the team in tackles 10 times...Was a First-Team All-SEC selection by the league’s coaches and the AP...Garnered Second-Team All-SEC Honors by Rivals.com...Led the team with 131 total tackles (81 solo)...Placed second in the SEC in total tackles...Ranked second on the team and sixth in the SEC in tackles for loss with 16 tackles for a loss of 36 yards...Also led the team and tied for third in the SEC in fumble recoveries with three on the season, including two in the victory over South Carolina and one versus Michigan...Had a career-high 14 tackles (nine solo) versus Vanderbilt...Tallied seven or more total tackles in all 13 games on the season...Never collected less than three solo tackles in a game all season...Had at least one tackle for a loss in seven consecutive games to end the season...Registered his first career sack in the win over Troy and added a half a sack against Auburn...Had seven pass deflections on the season...Member of the Leadership Committee.

 

2006: Played in nine games, including one start...Took the field at linebacker during the Gators’ win over Ohio State in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game...Saw action at linebacker in the SEC Championship Game against Arkansas...Made a career-high six tackles and broke up a pass in his first career start against Western Carolina...Saw significant time at linebacker in the win over South Carolina, finishing with three tackles and Florida’s lone tackle for loss...Assisted on a tackle in the win over Alabama...Had two solo tackles against Kentucky, while also breaking up his first career pass...Made a solo tackle versus UCF...Entered the Southern Miss game on the second series and made a solo tackle on his first collegiate play; finished with two tackles.

 

PREP: Four-year starter at linebacker and defensive end for Crest Senior High School...Listed as the No. 1 prospect in North Carolina in 2006 by Rivals.com...Considered the No. 13 linebacker prospect by Rivals.com...Rated as the No. 6 overall prospect in the country according to Scout.com...Selected to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Game...Was a team captain and totaled 74 tackles, four sacks and four interceptions as a senior...Moved to linebacker during his sophomore season and stayed there ever since...Lost 30 pounds from his playing weight as junior...Helped lead Crest High School to the North Carolina state semifinal round as a senior...Posted 98 tackles, including three sacks, seven interceptions and forced five fumbles from his linebacker position...Chose Florida over Alabama, North Carolina State and Virginia Tech.

 

PERSONAL: Was born on Sept. 3, 1987.

 

MAJOR: Anthropology.

 

CAREER DEFENSIVE STATISTICS

Year    UT-AT     TT     TBL      QBS     FF        FR        PD       INT

2006    9-6          15     1.0       0          0          0          2          0

2007    81-50      131   16.0     1.5       1          3          7          0

2008    52-41      93     8.0       2.0       0          0          2          4

2009    36-32      68     6.5       3.0       1          1          3          2

Totals: 178-129         307     31.5    6.5       2          4          14        6

 

SPIKES’ CAREER HIGHS

Tackles: 14 (Vanderbilt, 2007)

QB Sacks: 3.0 (LSU, 2009)

Forced Fumbles: 1 (2x, last vs. LSU, 2009)

Fumble Recoveries: 2 (at South Carolina, 2007)

Interceptions: 2 (LSU, 2008)

 

2009

 

|---------TACKLES---------|

I-SACKS-I

I-FUMBLES-I

I------PASS DEFENSE------I

Date

Opponent

Solo

Ast

Total

TFL-Yds

No-Yds

FF

FR-Yds

Int-Yds

QBH

Brk

Pts

September 5, 2009

CHARLESTON SOUTHERN

3

1

4

1.5-2

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

September 12, 2009

TROY

2

1

3

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

September 19, 2009

TENNESSEE

1

3

4

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

September 26, 2009

at Kentucky

3

7

10

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

October 10, 2009

at LSU

5

6

11

3.0-16

3.0-16

1

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

October 17, 2009

ARKANSAS

0

0

0

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

October 31, 2009

vs Georgia

4

6

10

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

1-5

0

0

6

November 14, 2009

at South Carolina

3

0

3

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

November 21, 2009

FIU

3

2

5

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

1-41

1

1

6

November 28, 2009

FLORIDA STATE

2

1

3

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

December 5, 2009

vs Alabama

4

5

9

1.0-3

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

2

0

0

January 1, 2010

vs Cincinnati

6

0

6

1.0-1

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

 

Totals

36

32

68

6.5-22

3.0-16

1

0-0

2-46

3

3

12

 

2008

 

I------TACKLES------I

I-SACKS-I

I--FUMBLES--I

I----PASS DEFENSE----I

Date

Opponent

Solo

Ast

Total

TFL-Yds

No-Yds

FF

FR-Yds

Int-Yds

QBH

Brk

Pts

September 6, 2008

MIAMI

7

4

11

1.5-3

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

September 20, 2008

at Tennessee

7

3

10

1.0-1

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

September 27, 2008

OLE MISS

4

9

13

1.0-6

1.0-6

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

October 4, 2008

at Arkansas

2

5

7

1.0-2

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

October 11, 2008

LSU

3

2

5

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

2-55

0

0

6

October 25, 2008

UK

4

2

6

0.5-2

0.5-2

0

0-0

0-0

1

0

0

November 1, 2008

vs UGA

5

2

7

1.0-7

0.5-5

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

November 8, 2008

at Vanderbilt

4

3

7

2.0-8

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

November 15, 2008

USC

1

3

4

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

1-12

0

0

6

November 22, 2008

THE CITADEL

2

2

4

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

1

0

0

November 29, 2008

at Florida State

4

2

6

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

1-26

0

0

0

December 6, 2008

vs Alabama

5

2

7

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

2

1

0

January 8, 2009

vs Oklahoma

4

2

6

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

 

Totals

52

41

93

8.0-29

2.0-13

0

0-0

4-93

4

2

12

 

2007

 

I-----TACKLES-----I

I-SACKS-I

I--FUMBLES--I

I-----PASS DEFENSE-----I

Date

Opponent

Solo

Ast

Total

TFL-Yds

No-Yds

FF

FR-Yds

Int-Yds

QBH

Brk

Pts

September 1, 2007

WKU

7

4

11

0.5-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

September 8, 2007

TROY

6

3

9

2.0-10

1.0-9

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

September 15, 2007

UT

4

5

9

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

September 22, 2007

at Ole Miss

4

3

7

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

1

0

0

September 29, 2007

AUBURN

6

4

10

3.5-15

0.5-4

0

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

October 6, 2007

at LSU

3

8

11

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

October 20, 2007

at Kentucky

7

2

9

1.0-2

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

October 27, 2007

vs UGA

4

4

8

1.0-1

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

November 3, 2007

VANDERBILT

9

5

14

1.0-1

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

November 10, 2007

at South Carolina

13

0

13

1.0-1

0.0-0

1

2-00

0-0

0

2

0

November 17, 2007

FLORIDA ATLANTIC

4

3

7

1.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

November 24, 2007

FLORIDA STATE

7

3

10

3.0-4

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

January 1, 2008

vs Michigan

7

6

13

2.0-2

0.0-0

0

1-00

0-0

0

0

0

 

Totals

81

50

131

16.0-36

1.5-13

1

3-00

0-0

1

7

0

 

2006

 

I-----TACKLES-----I

I-SACKS-I

I-FUMBLES-I

I----PASS DEFENSE----I

Date

Opponent

Solo

Ast

Total

TFL-Yds

No-Yds

FF

FR-Yds

Int-Yds

QBH

Brk

Pts

September 2, 2006

SOUTHERN MISS

2

0

2

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

September 9, 2006

UCF

1

0

1

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

September 23, 2006

KENTUCKY

2

0

2

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

September 30, 2006

ALABAMA

0

1

1

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

October 14, 2006

at Auburn

0

0

0

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

November 11, 2006

SOUTH CAROLINA

2

1

3

1.0-2

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

November 18, 2006

WESTERN CAROLINA

2

4

6

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

December 2, 2006

vs Arkansas

0

0

0

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

January 8, 2007

vs Ohio State

0

0

0

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

 

Totals

9

6

15

1.0-2

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

2

0

 

PROFILE

·          Spikes was featured in the Gainesville Sun’s fishing column after catching an 8-pound, 10-ounce bass on Newnan’s Lake in Gainesville. The fish was the largest Newnan’s bass seen in recent years, but after weighing the fish, Spikes threw the fish back into the lake

·          Met quarterback Tim Tebow on a recruiting trip to Alabama, immediately noticing Tim’s leadership, vowed to himself that he would sign with whatever school Tim decided on because he wanted to play ball with Tebow

·          Wears No. 51 because former standout linebacker Dick Butkus wore No. 51 when he played for the Chicago Bears

·          Wore a light pink suit, which was made by his mother, when the Gators traveled to Glendale, Ariz., for the 2007 Tostitos BCS National Championship Game, and then again to the 2009 FedEx BCS National Championship Game

·          Enjoys fishing and playing video games

·          Played against Gator teammate Emmanuel Moody in the U.S. Army High School All-American Bowl Game

·          In his senior season at Crest High School (Shelby, N.C.), he recorded 75 tackles, four sacks and four interceptions and earned him a spot in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl

·          A member of both the 2007 & 2008 UF Football Leadership Committees

 

 

What they’re saying about Brandon Spikes:

"(Spikes) has that skill that (quarterback Tim) Tebow has on offense, which is allowing your actions, your words to grab other people around you so they can elevate their games." (10/31/09)

Junior Seau, New England Patriots linebacker

 

“You just look at him, and he looks like a scary guy. And I like to think our defense is scary to opponents. I know we feed off of his energy. He punishes anyone who tries to block him, and our whole defense tries to match his level of intensity.'' (9/3/09)

Duke Lemmens, UF Defensive End

 

“He gathered up all the linebackers together and he told them, word for word, `I love you guys. I'm going to lay my heart on the line for you guys. I'm going to give everything I can for you guys.’ Brandon Spikes is not only playing for himself, he's playing for his teammates.'' (9/1/09)

David Nelson, UF wide receiver on Spikes’ speech to his teammates during the National Championship game

 

“I’m here, I’m happy and ready to try to get a degree. A kid, 20, 21 years old, I had a chance to go to the leagues and I didn’t take it and you think about getting hurt or whatever you can accomplish. I just think about my family. We sat down and we felt I could benefit by coming back. As a player, I can get better at a lot of things as far as technique, leadership skills. A lot of guys on defense, I hang around them a lot, I love those guys.” (7/27/09)

Brandon Spikes

 

“He is a guy on our football team that our players follow. When you talk about your leader on defense everyone talks about the middle linebacker. The guys know that our defense is going to go as Brandon Spikes goes. And he’s a guy that the players respect and he respects himself. When you have a guy who’s looking to get better each day, you feel like you always have the chance for him to step up and become a leader, and that’s what Brandon has done.” (6/8/09)

Charlie Strong, UF Defensive Coordinator & Linebackers Coach

 

"When he gets to the point of attack, he gets there with a bad attitude. That's what you want. You've got to have great instincts, and one thing I noticed watching him play is he's very instinctive. He reminds me a lot of Ray Lewis. A lot of times he's out of control. He freelances, but that's what good linebackers do. He's the heart and soul of that group. I coached linebackers 19 years and he's about as good as any I've seen." (4/6/09)

Tommy Tuberville, former Auburn coach

 

“Spikes really brings what the defense needs, he brings the energy, the power.  When he gets it going, everyone gets going making plays, stops, interceptions, everything.” (8/15/08)

Brandon Hicks, UF Linebacker

 

“He’s a great leader. Looking up to him and seeing what he’s going to be in the future, he’s probably going to be a first rounder this year. Just to see the way he works is unbelievable.” (8/6/08)

Brandon Beal, UF linebacker

 

"It's unbelievably important. He's the quarterback of our defense, and I really think his leadership is special. This spring, coach [Charlie] Strong and coach Meyer asked him to step it up, and it was important for him to do that. And not just lead by working hard and hitting running backs as hard as you can, but lead vocally and be a guy everybody can rally around. I think he's that kind of guy, I really do. He loves to lead and has a real passion for it, and he showed that in the spring.'' (7/08/08)

Dan McCarney, UF Assistant Head Coach

 

“Spikes is an outstanding football player. He led our team in tackles last year and he made all-conference. The thing about him is that he is so elusive that he can make plays. He’s a big hitter and he’s elusive enough that he can get to the place to make the play without getting hit. We expect big things out of him this year.” (6/25/08)

Charlie Strong, UF Defensive Coordinator

 

“Brandon Spikes has the monumental task of replacing Brandon Siler, the emotional leader of last year’s defense.  Spikes, who played sparingly as a highly touted true freshman last year, actually has more physical tools than Siler and runs extremely well.” (6/2007)

Sporting News

 

"If you don't see him coming, your head will be hurting for the next few plays, and you might be a little dizzy. Everyone would agree, I guarantee, he's the hardest hitter on the team. When I go against him, I want to make sure I know where he's at at all times on the field."(4/10/07)

Drew Miller, former UF Offensive Lineman

 

"He's a monster. He's a beast out there. He reminds me of a Shawne Merriman-type football player. He's hard to stop -- probably can't be stopped. You can only hope to contain him. I just can't wait to see him go against another offense." (4/10/07)

Andre Caldwell, former UF wide receiver

 

"He's a tremendous player. He reads things really well. That's what makes him great. He's

a big hitter, but he can read the play before you even know it. He's 240 pounds, so if he hits you, you're going to know it was him." (4/10/07)

Percy Harvin, former UF wide receiver

 

"I'm just ready to play so we can show the world. We're probably the youngest defense in college history. We know (what people are saying), so I think it's good. It makes everyone work harder and push harder during the spring." (4/10/07)

Brandon Spikes

 

"I like Brandon Spikes. He's a standout right now. He made a bunch of plays down at the goal line." (4/4/07)

Urban Meyer, UF head coach

 

"He did a good job of going in place of Siler. The thing he's done is he's worked and put himself in that position...I feel very comfortable with him starting Saturday. He understands the system and knows what we're trying to do." (11/16/06)

Charlie Strong, UF Defensive Coordinator

 

“The guy who I think is standing out is Brandon Spikes. He’s a guy I’m almost ready to say will play for sure this year. He’ll be a backup who will be a special teams guy.” (8/11/06)

Urban Meyer, UF Head Coach

 

“Spikes committed to Florida during the game (U.S. Army All-American Bowl) on national TV, turning down Alabama and Virginia Tech among others. His larger-than-life Gator Chomp at the end of his announcement sent thrills into the hearts of Gator fans, and chills into those of Alabama followers.” (6/18/06)

Edward Aschoff, Gator Bait Magazine

 

“There is no doubt that Spikes’ hardworking attitude will fit in well with Meyer’s blue-collar philosophy. He said he’s gone through rigorous off-season workouts of weight-lifting and conditioning to prepare for his arrival in Gainesville.” (June 18, 2006)

Edward Aschoff, Gator Bait Magazine

 

 

 

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