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Ahh...Brandon Spikes... cousin to San Francisco 49ers Takeo Spikes. When Spikes isn't busy attempting to spike other players eyes out with his fingers, he's actually a heck of a football player. From his Freshman to Senior year, Spikes accumulated some fairly decent stats. His best season came as a Sophomore when he racked up 131 Tackles, a Sack, and a Forced Fumble. More recently he has been used more in coverages and things of that nature and is considered to be one of the more polished, well-rounded linebackers coming out. Spikes missed a few games this year for suspension when he tried to gouge out the eyes of Georgia Running Back Washaun Ealey. Although, this happens more frequently than is noted in both college and the pro's, Spikes has still been tagged as a dirty player because it was so vividly captured by a sideline camera man. However, Spikes owned up to his mistake and although Urban Meyer suspended Spikes for half a game, the Florida middle linebacker did not feel the punishment fit the crime and decided to suspend himself for longer.
Talent wise, Spikes is pretty versatile. He is one of the higher rated Linebackers coming in to the NFL this year. His tangibles range from great run support to dropping back in coverage to rushing the Quarterback. He is one of the quicker Linebackers at his position.
Below, we'll take a look at some of Spikes' accomplishments and highlights...
As the video displays, Spikes flies to the ball and has a natural instinct for making the tackle. He has big hitter capabilities and seems to enjoy putting the smack down on running backs.
AWARDS AND HONORS:
- October 9th, 2009 -- Mid-season All-American by Sporting News and CBS Sports
- 2 x First Team All-American (2008, 2009)
- 3 x First Team All-SEC (2007, 2008, 2009)
- 2 x BCS National Champion
|2009 Regular Season Game Log||Tackles||Misc||Interceptions|
|9/5||Charleston Southern||W 62-3||4||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|10/17||Arkansas||W 23-20||Did Not Play or did not accumulate any stats.|
|10/24||@Mississippi State||W 29-19||Did Not Play or did not accumulate any stats.|
|11/7||Vanderbilt||W 27-3||Did Not Play or did not accumulate any stats.|
|11/14||@South Carolina||W 24-14||3||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|11/28||Florida State||W 37-10||3||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2009 Postseason Game Log||Tackles||Misc||Interceptions|
|ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL||Cincinnati||W 51-24||Did Not Play or did not accumulate any stats.|
SUMMARY AND PROJECTION:
Spikes is considered to be one of the best linebackers in college football. The projections for Spikes for the most part have been late 1st round to early second round. However, I have seen him being selected alot higher in some mock drafts. There will be some teams looking for LB's in the 1st round and I see Spikes as the 3rd, possibly 2nd best Linebacker on the board depending on how he does at the NFL Combine and the Senior Bowl.
Possibilities -- If he goes in the 1st, Broncos, Dolphins, Titans, Jaguars, Giants, Falcons, Eagles