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Brandon Spikes
Florida GatorsNo. 51
Linebacker Senior
Major: Social & Behavioral Sciences
Date of birth: September 3, 1987 (1987-09-03) (age 22)
Place of birth: Shelby, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 258 lb (117 kg)
Career history
High school: Crest Senior High School,
Shelby, North Carolina
 College(s):
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× First-team All-American (2008, 2009)
  • 3× First-team All-SEC (2007, 2008, 2009)
  • 2× BCS National Champion (2006, 2008)
Stats at CBS Sportsline.com

Brandon Spikes (born September 3, 1987 in Shelby, North Carolina) is an American football linebacker for the Florida Gators. He is considered one of the best linebackers in college football and is expected to be a high pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.[1][2]

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Early years

Spikes played his high school football for Crest Senior High School in Shelby, North Carolina. Coming out of high school he was considered one of the best linebacker prospects, and was rated the number one prospect in the state of North Carolina by Rivals.com[3] and 33rd overall best player in the country according to Scout.com.[4] He was also selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

College career

Spikes chose to play for Florida over many other colleges including Alabama, North Carolina State, and Virginia Tech. Spikes saw limited action in 2006, playing in nine games and recording 15 tackles as the backup to Brandon Siler. He did help the Florida Gators win the BCS National Championship Game against Ohio State. In 2007 he became a starter after Siler was drafted in the 2007 NFL Draft. He started all 13 games at middle linebacker recording 131 tackles, which was second in the Southeastern Conference. He also earned First-team All-SEC along with teammate Tim Tebow.[5]

Spikes was a consensus First-team All-American and First-team All-SEC selection and a team captain in 2008. He was selected as a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award and Chuck Bednarik Award. He was a starter at middle linebacker and led the team with 93 tackles on the season, including 8.0 for a loss. He made six tackles in the BCS National Championship Game win over the University of Oklahoma and had seven tackles, two QB hurries and broke up one pass in the 2008 SEC Championship Game against the University of Alabama. After the season (his junior year) he decided to forgo entry into the 2009 NFL Draft and returned to Florida for another season.[6]

In October 2009, Spikes was named a midseason All-American by The Sporting News and CBS Sports.[7][8] He was also nominated as one of 16 semifinalists for the 2009 Butkus Award.[9]

In a October 31, 2009 game, Spikes was involved in an incident where he appeared to gouge the eyes of Georgia’s Washaun Ealey. As a result of this, Florida coach Urban Meyer suspended Spikes for the first half of their next game vs. Vanderbilt.[10][11] Spikes later announced that he would sit out for the entire game.[12]

In 2009 he was a First-team All-SEC selection and a First-team All-America selection.

Professional career

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2010 NFL Draft

Spikes is widely believed to be a top inside linebacker available in the 2010 NFL Draft.[1][2][13]

Personal

His mom, Sherry Allen, moved to Gainesville after getting laid off after 23 years at the plant. She now has a janitorial job at a local school. His brother, Breyon Middlebrooks, was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison in 2003, the result of a drug deal in 2001. He tries to keep up with his little brother's college career from his cell at Maury Correctional Institute in Hookerton, North Carolina He is also the cousin of San Francisco 49ers' Takeo Spikes.[14]

References

  1. ^ a b Cooney, Frank (May 11, 2009). "Who's next? Looking ahead to the best of the 2010 draft class". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/2009-05-05-2010-draft-preview_N.htm. 
  2. ^ a b Perloff, Andrew (April 28, 2009). "Sam Bradford goes No.1 to St. Louis Rams in 2010 NFL Mock Draft". Sports Illustrated. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/andrew_perloff/04/28/2010/index.html. 
  3. ^ "North Carolina Top 30 2006", Rivals.com, January 23, 2006, http://footballrecruiting.rivals.com/viewrank.asp?ra_key=1360 
  4. ^ "Top Recruits 2006", Scout.com, http://recruiting.scout.com/a.z?s=73&p=9&c=4&pid=88&yr=2006 
  5. ^ Tebow, Spikes make first-team All-SEC
  6. ^ Spikes Staying, Harvin Going for UF
  7. ^ "SN's midseason All-Americans: Defense", Sporting News, October 20, 2009, http://www.sportingnews.com/college-football/article/2009-10-20/sns-midseason-all-americans-defense 
  8. ^ "CBSSports.com 2009 Midseason All-America Team", CBS Sports, October 22, 2009, http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/story/12399036 
  9. ^ "16 semifinalists for Butkus Award announced", Sporting News, October 16, 2009, http://www.sportingnews.com/college-football/article/2009-10-16/16-semifinalists-for-butkus-award-announced 
  10. ^ "Florida suspends Spikes for eye gouge". The Sports Network (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). http://www.seattlepi.com/scorecard/cfootballnews.asp?articleID=267082. Retrieved 2009-11-02. 
  11. ^ Smith, Erick (November 2, 2009). "Florida's Spikes to sit for first half of next game after actions against Georgia". USA Today. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/campusrivalry/post/2009/11/floridas-spikes-to-sit-for-first-half-of-next-game-after-actions-against-georgia/1. Retrieved 2009-11-02. 
  12. ^ Low, Chris (November 4, 2009). "Spikes lengthens his suspension to a full game". ESPN.com. http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/5568/spikes-lengthens-his-suspension-to-a-full-game. Retrieved 2009-11-05. 
  13. ^ NFL Draft - 2010 ILB Draft Prospects, CBSSports.com, http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/prospectrankings/TSX/2010_ILB 
  14. ^ Long, Mark (January 6, 2009). "Florida's defense finds solid ground with Spikes". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/2009-01-05-48563483_x.htm. 

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