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Joe Haden

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Height
5' 11"
CLASS
SO
Hometown
Ft. Washington, Md.
Weight
185 lbs.
Experience
2L
School
Friendly
Joe Haden

 

CAREER: Became the first true freshman to start at cornerback on opening day in UF history in 2007...Started all 40 games that he played in at cornerback for the Gators...Finished his career with 218 total tackles, 157 solo, 34 pass breakups, eight interceptions and 3.5 sacks.

 

HONORS/AWARDS:

2009

·          Jim Thorpe Award Finalist

·          Bronko Nagurski Watch List

·          2009 AFCA All-American

·          Walter Camp First-Team All-American

·          2009 FWAA All-American

·          Sporting News First-Team All-American

·          AP First-Team All-American

·          CBSSports.com First-Team All-America (CB)

·          Sporting News Defensive MVP of the Year

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

·          First-Team All-SEC DB (coaches)

·          AP First-Team All-SEC (CB)

·          Sporting News All-SEC CB

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

·          CollegeFootballNews.com First-Team All-American CB

·          Pro Football Weekly All-America Team CB

·          SEC Defensive Player of the Week (Nov. 16)

·          2009 Sports Illustrated Preseason All-America Team CB

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

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

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

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

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

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

2008

·          Second-Team All-SEC Selection (Coaches’) – DB

·          AP Second-Team All-SEC – DB

·          Phil Steele Second-Team All-SEC – DB

·          CollegeFootballNews.com All-Sophomore Selection – CB

·          SEC Defensive Player of the Week: 11/3 (Georgia)

2007

·          Freshman All-American Honorable Mention (Sporting News)

·          Freshman All-American First-team (CollegeFootballNews.com)

·          SEC All-Freshman team (Sporting News)

·          SEC All-Freshman team (Coaches)

 

2009: One of three finalists for the 2009 Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation’s top defensive back...A Consensus First-Team All-America selection and First-Team All-SEC pick by the coaches’, AP and Phil Steele...Tied for third on the team with 68 total tackles (53 solo) on the season...Tied for the team lead with six tackles (five solo) and one pass breakup in the Sugar Bowl win over Cincinnati...Tallied three tackles (two solo) and two pass breakups in the SEC Championship Game versus Alabama...Had two solo tackles and tallied his fourth interception of the season in the regular-season finale win over FSU...Led the Gators with 11 tackles (10 solo), including one quarterback sack for a loss of nine yards, against South Carolina...Also added a career-high two forced fumbles and a pass breakup in the win...Notched his third interception of the season, seventh of his career, and returned it 20 yards in the fourth quarter to seal the road win against the Gamecocks...Tallied four tackles (two solo), a pass break-up and a quarterback hurry against Georgia...Ranked second among teammates with seven tackles in the win over Mississippi State, including one for a loss of four yards...Led the defense against Arkansas with six tackles and two tackles-for-loss, including one sack. Also had one pass break-up and two QB hurries...Notched his second interception of the season and sixth of his career on LSU’s final possession of the first half, while also tallying five total tackles (three solo) and two pass breakups in the victory...Recorded a sack for a loss of nine yards on Kentucky’s first offensive play, marking the first time on the season UK had given up a sack...Tallied his fifth-career interception with a pick on UF’s 35-yard line on Tennessee’s first drive of the third quarter, while also collecting eight total tackles against the Vols...Finished with four tackles, second-best among teammates, in the win over Troy...Finished second on the team, first among defensive backs, with six solo tackles in the Gators’ win over Charleston Southern.

 

2008: Started all 14 games at cornerback...His 87 tackles on the season ranked second on the team and first among defensive backs...Led the defense in the BCS National Championship game with 10 tackles and two pass break-ups...First among Gator defenders with eight tackles in the SEC Championship Game against Alabama, including six solo...Also made his third interception of the season and returned it 24 yards while collecting two pass break-ups against Alabama...Led the Gator defense with 10 total tackles (seven solo), one pass break-up and an interception that was returned 88 yards against Georgia...The 88-yard interception return matched the fourth-longest in school history and was the longest in the SEC for the 2008 season...Blocked a field goal that led to a Florida touchdown in the win over Kentucky...Had 11 tackles and an interception inside the red zone in the win at Arkansas...Collected five tackles, half a sack, half a tackle-for-loss, broke up one pass, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble in the season opener against Hawaii.

 

2007: Started 12 games at cornerback as a true freshman... Missed the Florida State game due to an ankle sprain...Was selected to Sporting News’ Freshman All-America Team, CollegeFootballNews.com Freshman Team and was chosen for the Coaches’ All-SEC Freshman team...Became the first true freshman in Florida history to start at cornerback and recorded two tackles in his first contest...Led all cornerbacks in total tackles with 63 on the season and ranked sixth overall on the team...Ranked eighth in tackles for loss with 3.5 and led all defensive backs...Led the Gators and tied for fifth in the SEC with 12 pass break-ups...Recovered one fumble versus Auburn, the first of his career...Had a game-high 13 tackles, 10 solo, and one pass break-up versus Kentucky...Made his first career interception and returned it for 10 yards versus LSU on the Tigers’ first offensive possession of the game.

 

PREP: A high school quarterback who was rated third among athletes by Rivals.com...Set Maryland public school record with 7,371 career passing yards and tied the career mark for touchdown passes with 80...Passed for 2,783 yards and 38 touchdowns as a senior and rushed for 899 yards and 13 TDs...Had a chance to play receiver for the first quarter of a game as a senior, making five catches for 143 yards and two touchdowns...Later moved back to quarterback for the remainder of the game, he threw for 117 yards and three scores and also ran for a TD...Chipped in defensively in that contest with an interception playing safety...During his junior season, Haden threw for 2,090 yards and 22 TDs and rushed for more than 500 yards...Chose Florida over Pittsburgh, Ohio State and Tennessee...Ran the 40-yard dash at the Elite College Combine in Waldwick, N.J., in 4.34 while also posting a vertical jump of 37 inches, a 10’4” broad jump and did 40 reps of 185 pounds on the bench...High school coach was Marcus Berry.

 

PERSONAL: Born April 14, 1989...Enrolled in classes at UF in January 2007...Parents are Joe and Zakiya Haden...Brother, Jordan, enrolled in January of 2010 to play football at Florida.

 

MAJOR: Sociology.

 

CAREER DEFENSIVE STATISTICS

Year    UT-AT     TT     TBL      QBS     FF        FR        PD       INT

2007    43-20      63     3.5       0          0          1          12        1

2008    61-26      87     0.5       0.5       1          1          12        3

2009    53-15      68     5.0       3.0       2          0          10        4

Totals: 157-61  218  9.0       3.5       3          2          34        8

 

HADEN’S CAREER HIGHS

Tackles: 13 (Kentucky, 2007)

QB Sacks: 1.0 (3x, last at South Carolina, 2009)

Forced Fumbles: 2 (at South Carolina, 2009)

Interceptions: 1 (8x, last vs. Florida State, 2009)

 

2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

I-SACKS-I

I-FUMBLES-I

 

 

 

Date

Opponent

Solo

Ast

Total

TFL-Yds

No-Yds

FF

FR-Yds

Int-Yds

QBH

Brk

5-Sep-09

CHARLESTON SOUTHERN

6

0

6

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

12-Sep-09

TROY

3

1

4

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

19-Sep-09

TENNESSEE

5

3

8

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

1-00

0

0

26-Sep-09

at Kentucky

3

0

3

1.0-9

1.0-9

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

10-Oct-09

at LSU

3

2

5

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

1-00

0

2

17-Oct-09

ARKANSAS

5

1

6

2.0-6

1.0-1

0

0-0

0-0

2

1

24-Oct-09

at Mississippi State

7

0

7

1.0-4

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

31-Oct-09

vs Georgia

2

2

4

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

1

1

7-Nov-09

VANDERBILT

0

1

1

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

1

14-Nov-09

at South Carolina

10

1

11

1.0-9

1.0-9

2

0-0

1-20

0

1

21-Nov-09

FIU

0

2

2

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

28-Nov-09

FLORIDA STATE

2

0

2

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

1-0

0

1

Dec. 5, 2009

vs Alabama

2

1

3

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

2

1-Jan-10

vs Cincinnati

5

1

6

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

1

 

Totals

53

15

68

5.0-28

3.0-19

2

0-0

4-20

3

10

 

 

2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

I-SACKS-I

I-FUMBLES-I

 

 

 

 

Date

Opponent

Solo

Ast

Total

TFL-Yds

No-Yds

FF

FR-Yds

Int-Yds

QBH

Brk

Kick

30-Aug-08

HAWAII

2

3

5

0.5-5

0.5-5

1

Jan-00

0-0

0

1

0

6-Sep-08

MIAMI

2

1

3

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

20-Sep-08

at Tennessee

3

5

8

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

27-Sep-08

OLE MISS

2

2

4

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

4-Oct-08

at Arkansas

6

5

11

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

1-10

0

0

0

11-Oct-08

LSU

6

0

6

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

25-Oct-08

UK

3

0

3

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

2

1

1-Nov-08

vs UGA

7

3

10

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

1-88

0

1

0

Nov. 8, 2008

at Vanderbilt

5

1

6

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

15-Nov-08

USC

5

0

5

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

22-Nov-08

THE CITADEL

2

1

3

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

29-Nov-08

at Florida State

5

0

5

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

6-Dec-08

vs Alabama

6

2

8

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

1-24

0

2

0

8-Jan-09

vs Oklahoma

7

3

10

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

2

0

 

Totals

61

26

87

0.5-5

0.5-5

1

1-0

3-136

0

12

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

I-SACKS-I

I-FUMBLES-I

 

 

 

Date

Opponent

Solo

Ast

Total

TFL-Yds

No-Yds

FF

FR-Yds

Int-Yds

QBH

Brk

1-Sep-07

WKU

0

2

2

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

8-Sep-07

TROY

2

0

2

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

15-Sep-07

UT

7

2

9

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

22-Sep-07

at Ole Miss

5

2

7

1.0-9

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

3

29-Sep-07

AUBURN

2

0

2

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

1-0

0-0

0

2

6-Oct-07

at LSU

4

6

10

1.0-2

0.0-0

0

0-0

1-10

0

0

20-Oct-07

at Kentucky

10

3

13

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

1

27-Oct-07

vs UGA

0

1

1

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

3-Nov-07

VANDERBILT

4

1

5

1.0-3

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

1

10-Nov-07

at South Carolina

1

1

2

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

1

17-Nov-07

FLORIDA ATLANTIC

2

2

4

0.5-1

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

2

1-Jan-08

vs Michigan

6

0

6

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

2

 

Totals

43

20

63

3.5-15

0.0-0

0

1-0

1-10

0

12

 

PROFILE

·          At Friendly High School, Haden was the point guard of a basketball team that won two state titles. Also a four-year starter at quarterback, he set Maryland state records for passing yards (7,371) and touchdown passes (80) and led Friendly to the Class 3A State football title in 2006 with a 14-0 undefeated record

·          Became the first true freshman to start at cornerback for UF in a home opener in 2007

·          Wants to be a sports agent or in a profession dealing with criminal justice

·          Brother, Josh, enrolled at Boston College in January 2008 and also received playing time in the 2008 ACC Championship Game against Virginia Tech, while his younger brother, Jordan, is a 2010 UF commit

·          Took his first-ever play in organized football for a 98-yard touchdown on a quarterback keeper

 

 

What they’re saying about Joe Haden:

"He's got to be one of the most athletic guys I've ever been around as far as coaching defensive backs. His quickness, his agility, he can catch the ball. He has all the attributes you look for, plus he's a skilled athlete. Plus he likes to hit. How many cornerbacks do you see out there that will put their face on people? He's rare. I'm happy to be here and happy to be coaching him right now." (11/09)

Vance Bedford, Florida Cornerbacks Coach

 

"His first year he wasn't a good corner. He was an athlete, a tough guy. Corner takes a lot of confidence. It takes a lot of God-given ability. That's one of the hardest job descriptions there are. He always studies the game. Joe understands splits of receivers, he understands pattern concepts. It takes some guys a lot of time to learn that. Joe has learned it fairly quickly. He's not a good corner. He's a great corner. He's really done a good job." (10/25/09)

Urban Meyer, UF Head Coach

 

“You wouldn't have a good team if you didn't have him,” Meyer said. “I would put some of those guys on the same level. As far as motivation and leadership, Joe Haden is right up there with Spikes and Tebow.” (10/25/09)

Urban Meyer, UF Head Coach

 

“You can’t say enough about Joe. He’s one of the players that go and go and go and (has) energy, energy, energy. Last year I didn’t really play that much and just watching him play I was like, ‘Dang, I wish I was out there.’ I finally got a chance to be out there with him today and you see him flying around. He came on a blitz one time and tackled the screen on the other side of the field. I was like, ‘Wow.’ He’s really improving day in and day out.” (9/19/09)

Ahmad Black, UF Cornerback

 

“We want to be the fastest team in America and he’s one of the fastest kids in America.” (8/09)

Urban Meyer, UF Head Coach

 

“It might surprise people but I am not surprised. I’m not surprised he played as a true freshman. I’m not surprised he’s having so much success at a different position. He’s the best athlete I have coached, period.” (8/9/08)

Marcus Berry, Haden’s coach at Friendly HS

 

“You can’t say enough about Joe. He’s one of the players that go and go and go and (has) energy, energy, energy. Last year I didn’t really play that much and just watching him play I was like, ‘Dang, I wish I was out there. I finally got a chance to be out there with him today and you see him flying around. He came on a blitz one time and tackled the screen on the other side of the field. I was like, ‘Wow.’ He’s really improving day in and day out.” (8/30/08)

Ahmad Black, UF Cornerback

 

“I love what I’m doing. I really thought I would miss offense a lot more than I have but you know what? I love being on the field and playing. That’s what is best of all.”

Joe Haden

 

“It helps that I was a quarterback and a receiver because I have a lot of reads to do when I’m out there [at cornerback]. Because I was a receiver, I know that if the receiver lines up a certain way and I’m over-split, he’ll probably go an inside route. If it’s an under-split he probably takes an outside route. All the little things I knew when I was playing on offense come back to help me out now. I think I’m getting a lot better at what I do.” (10/4/07)

Joe Haden

 

"Every single day I’m gaining confidence. After you’ve done this for awhile, you start getting confident enough -- almost like you start knowing what’s going to happen before it happens. You start feeling like you can anticipate things.” (10/3/07)

Joe Haden

 

“We want to be the fastest team in America and he’s one of the fastest kids in America. He would be the fifth or sixth or seventh [fastest] on offense and he’s number two on corner. Every young person wants to play and I think he’s got a career on defense.” (9/3/07)

Urban Meyer, UF head coach

 

I don't know if he's going to start, but he's playing. His redshirt is over. He's playing for us." (4/14/07)

Urban Meyer, UF head coach

 

“He was a quarterback in high school, so it’s a new position for him.  It’s a pretty big adjustment.  You wake up one day and you should be getting ready for your senior prom, and you’re out there playing corner.  He’s getting a lot of reps.  It’s a whole new world out there, but he’ll be fine.”  (4/12/07)

Chuck Heater, UF cornerbacks coach

 

 

 

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