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Brandon Spikes
Buffalo BillsNo. 51
Linebacker
Date of Birth: September 03 1987 (1987-09-03) (age 27)
Place of Birth: Shelby, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)Weight: 250 lb (113 kg)
National Football League Debut
2010 for the New England Patriots
Career Highlights and Awards
  • No notable achievements
Career History
College: Florida
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 2 / Pick: 62
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Brandon Spikes (born September 3, 1987) in an American Football linebacker for the Buffalo Bills of the NFL. He was drafted 62nd overall in the 2010 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He played for the Florida Gators from 2006-2009.

Early yearsEdit

Spikes was born in Shelby, North Carolina.[1] He attended Crest High School in Shelby, and was a standout football player for the Crest Chargers. Coming out of high school, Spikes was considered one of the best linebacker prospects in the nation, and was rated the number one prospect in the state of North Carolina by Rivals.com[2] and 33rd overall best player in the country according to Scout.com.[3] He was also selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Spikes accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida over offers from several other colleges including the University of Alabama, North Carolina State University and Virginia Tech. At Florida, he was a four-year letterman, and played for coach Urban Meyer's Florida Gators football team from 2006 to 2009.[4] Spikes appeared in 47 games for Florida with 39 starts at linebacker. He registered 307 tackles (178 solo) in his career, with 31.5 for loss, including 6.5 sacks. He forced two fumbles, recovered four fumbles and had six interceptions which he returned for 139 yards and four touchdowns, more than any other player in the nation and a Florida school record.

s a junior team captain in 2008, Spikes was a first-team All-SEC selection and a unanimous first-team All-American.[4][5] 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 returned two interceptions for a touchdown tying the school record. He made six tackles in the 2009 BCS National Championship Game win over Oklahoma and had seven tackles, two quarterback 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]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draftEdit

All values from NFL Scouting Combine.[7]
Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt<th>Arm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 2⅞ in 249 lb<td align="center">33⅜ in<td align="center">10 in 5.00 s 1.75 s 2.89 s 6.97 s 29 in 9 ft 3 in

New England PatriotsEdit

2010 seasonEdit

Spikes was drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round (62nd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. He signed a four-year contract on July 26, 2010.[8] Spikes quickly became a starter at inside linebacker in the Patriots 3–4 defense, alongside Jerod Mayo. Against Baltimore in Week 6 of his rookie season, Spikes recorded 16 tackles in an overtime Patriots win. Spikes recorded his first career interception in a Week 13 win over the New York Jets on Monday Night Football.

On December 10, 2010, prior to the Patriots' Week 14 game against the Chicago Bears, Spikes was suspended four games (the remainder of the 2010 regular season) for a violation of the NFL's banned substances policy,[9] reportedly for an ingredient in Spikes' ADHD medication.[10] The same day, Spikes released the following statement:

"I’ve been contacted by the NFL and informed that I will be suspended four games for the detection of an illegal substance in a drug test. The substance was a medication that I should have gotten clarification on before taking. It was not a performance enhancer or an illegal drug. The integrity of the game is very important to me. I understand the league’s ruling and apologize to my teammates, the fans and the Patriots organization for this mistake."[11]

He finished his rookie season with 61 tackles, one interception, and three passes defensed. With his season shortened by the suspension, he played in 12 games, starting eight.


ReferencesEdit

  1. Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Brandon Spikes, Retrieved September 6, 2011.
  2. North Carolina Top 30 2006. Rivals.com (2006-01-23). Retrieved on 2010-04-27.
  3. Top Recruits 2006. Scout.com. Retrieved on 2010-04-27.
  4. 4.0 4.1 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 81, 89, 95, 97, 98, 101, 125, 153–154, 185 (2011). Retrieved August 31, 2011.
  5. 2011 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, pp. 12 & 13 (2011). Retrieved March 7, 2012.
  6. Spikes, not Harvin, returning to Gators, ESPN.com, by Joe Schad, 2009-01-15, first accessed 2010-04-27.
  7. Brandon Spikes Combine Profile, NFL.com, accessed 2010-04-27
  8. Guregian, Karen (2010-07-26). Rookie Brandon Spikes agrees to four-year deal with Patriots. Boston Herald. Retrieved on 2010-07-26.
  9. Rapoport, Ian (2010-12-10). Patriots LB Brandon Spikes has been handed a four-game suspension. The Boston Herald. Retrieved on 2010-12-10.
  10. Walker, Monique. "Reports: Spikes’s drug for ADHD", The Boston Globe, 2010-12-12. Retrieved on 2010-12-15. 
  11. Price, Christopher (2010-12-10). Source: Pats LB Spikes suspended 4 games. WEEI.com. Retrieved on 2010-12-10.

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