Brandon Spikes Draft Bio

By ANTHONY GIORNALISTA
STATS Senior Writer

Teams aren’t questioning Spike’s physical ability. He will have to prove, however, that he’s left some baggage behind after serving a one-game suspension for apparently trying to gouge the eyes of a Georgia running back during Florida’s 41-17 victory Oct. 31. Spikes, who insisted on being suspended, had to explain his actions at combine interviews. “I just told them (scouts) it was the SEC, Florida and Georgia,” he said. “It’s a big rivalry game and there’s a lot of emotions going on.” Spikes plays with intensity, blitzing with abandon and chasing down ball carriers until the whistle blows. He attacks the line of scrimmage so aggressively, though, that he sometimes leaves cutback lanes for running backs. He was a second-team All-American as a senior despite battling injuries for most of the season, finishing with 68 tackles, 6 1/2 stops for loss, three sacks and two interceptions. As a junior, the team captain was a first-team All-American, posting 93 tackles, eight for loss, and four interceptions – returning two for touchdowns – to help the Gators win their second national championship in three years. In 2007, Spikes had a career-high 131 tackles and 16 stops for loss. After such an impressive first season as a starter, he had to be coaxed into becoming more vocal. Now, he’s known as a relentless trash talker and a team leader. Spikes has displayed good footwork in coverage but there are some concerns about his speed. He chose not to run the 40-yard dash at the combine after looking slow during position drills. Spikes would have been an early-round pick if he decided to enter the draft following his junior season, but he wanted to help Florida make a bid at another title. Without a strong 40-yard dash time at his pro day, Spikes could fall into the second round.