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Brandon Hicks

LB

Height
6' 2"
CLASS
FR
Hometown
Jacksonville
Weight
205 lbs.
Experience
HS
School
Nathan Bedford Forrest
Brandon Hicks

CAREER: Appeared in 53 games and made 14 starts at linebacker for the Gators...Recorded 117 total tackles in his career, along with 10.5 tackles for loss and nine QB sacks.

 

2010: Had 38 tackles in 13 games, 25 of which were solo…Registered four tackles vs. Penn State in the 2011 Outback Bowl and snared his first career interception which he returned for 14 yards late in the third quarter with the Gators trailing by four. Florida would take a lead they would not relinquish on the ensuing possession…Had two tackles at Florida State…Selected as the Defensive Player of the Game vs. Appalachian State by the Florida coaching staff…Matched his career-high of seven tackles vs. Appalachian State and jarred a ball loose that strong safety Ahmad Black recovered which led to a Florida touchdown. The forced fumble was the second of his career…Collected five solo tackles vs. South Carolina…Graded out a Champion at Vanderbilt, as he was credited with four tackles (three solo) and a sack of quarterback Larry Smith at Vanderbilt…Made second start of the season vs. Georgia in his hometown of Jacksonville…Started for the first time in 2010 vs. Mississippi State and recorded three assisted tackles…Made four tackles vs. LSU…Notched one tackle vs. Kentucky…Graded out as a Champion against Tennessee…Was the second-leading tackler for UF at Tennessee with six (four solo)…Put pressure on Tennesse quarterback Matt Simms, as he was credited with one and a half sacks and a quarterback hurry…His hurry on B.J. Daniels in the third quarter of the USF game caused a Justin Trattou interception that was returned for a touchdown…Had one solo tackle in the season opener vs. Miami University.

 

2009: Appeared in 13 games with three starts...Recorded 32 tackles, including five tackles-for-loss and four sacks...Tied for the team lead with six tackles, including one sack, in the Sugar Bowl win over Cincinnati...Made his second-consecutive start and tallied six tackles (four solo), including one for a loss of a yard in the SEC Championship Game versus Alabama...Earned his first start of the season versus Florida State…Tied for the team lead with a career-high seven tackles (six solo), including a career-best two quarterback sacks for a loss of 10 yards…Also forced his first career fumble...Had three tackles (two solo), one pass break up and one QB hurry against FIU...Was credited with a QB hurry at South Carolina...Tallied three tackles and a tipped pass that teammate Dustin Doe returned 23 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter in the victory over Mississippi State...Recorded a sack for a loss of seven yards and five total tackles at Kentucky.

 

2008: Appeared in all 14 games, making six starts, including the final five games of the season...Made 34 tackles on the season, 19 solo...Started at strong-side linebacker in the BCS National Championship Game against Oklahoma and sacked Heisman Trophy-winning QB Sam Bradford for a loss of 14 yards on the game’s opening series...Started at linebacker against South Carolina and made an immediate impact, pressuring the quarterback into an interception that was returned for a touchdown...Also recorded his first QB sack of the season and broke up two passes against the Gamecocks...Made his first career start and recorded a career-high six tackles at Arkansas...Recorded four tackles against Hawaii, Kentucky and Vanderbilt.

 

2007: Selected to the 2008 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll...Appeared in all 13 games at linebacker and on the kickoff squad...Collected 13 total tackles (three solo)...Tied for second on the team in special teams tackles with 12...Led the Gators with special teams tackles five games into the season with six...Had a career-high three tackles (one solo) versus Tennessee... Collected half of a sack and first career pass break up versus Florida Atlantic... Made his Florida debut against Western Kentucky on the kickoff coverage unit and as a backup linebacker.

 

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: A two-way player who played both wide receiver and linebacker for Forrest...Rated No. 16 among Florida’s Top 100 prospects by Rivals.com...Named to the All-American Offense-Defense Bowl...As a senior, Hicks collected 40 tackles, nine sacks and three interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown... He also had four receiving touchdowns...During his junior year, he accumulated 220 yards and two touchdowns, while recording 88 tackles and 12 sacks...Considered Miami (Fla.), Nebraska, Clemson and LSU...High school coach was Dennis Clemons.

 

MAJOR: Humanities and Letters.

 

HICKS’ CAREER HIGHS

Tackles: 7 (2x-last vs. Appalachian State, 2010)

QB Sacks: 2 (2x-last at Tennessee, 2010)

Forced Fumbles: 1 (2x-last vs. Appalachian State, 2010)

Interceptions: 1 (vs. Penn State, 2011 Outback Bowl)

 

CAREER DEFENSIVE STATISTICS

Year

UT-AT

TT

TBL

QBS

FF

FR

PD

INT

2007

3-10

13

0.5

0.5

0

0

2

0

2008

19-15

34

2.5

2

0

0

4

0

2009

22-10

32

5

4

1

0

2

0

2010

25-13

38

2.5

2.5

1

0

0

1

Totals:

69-48

117

10.5

9

2

0

8

1

 

PROFILE

·         Worked at a local (Gainesville) Cold Stone Creamery during summer of 2008

·         Played basketball, baseball and ran track for two years in high school before ultimately choosing to stay with football

·         Believed to be the first player in the 46-year history of his high school (Forrest H.S.) to receive an offer from all three of the state’s college football powers: Florida, Florida State and Miami

·         Attended the same high school as former Florida wide receiver O.J. Small

 

QUOTES

·         "Ever since my freshman year I always had somebody to look up to like Spikes and Stamper and Doe. They were older than me and I always felt like they had my back all the time. Now it’s my time to step up and play a leadership role and do the best that I can to have everybody know that I have their back.” (8/6/10)

Brandon Hicks, UF linebacker

 

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