This is Part 2 in a Trilogy of Blog posts called Just How Good on how amazing UF football will be in the 2009-2010 seasonObvious Knowledge:
- The average football fan knows that a team puts out 11 players on offense and 11 players on defense at one time for an 11 on 11 game.
- Players in NCAAF are in college and subsequently, graduate.
- The University of Florida Gators won the 2008 National Championship.
To Lead our defense is the #1 Linebacker in the country, Senior Brandon Spikes. Spikes is 6-3 and weighs 243 pounds, but is lightning fast and hits harder than Mike Tyson and Brian Urlacher combined!
Over his three years at UF, Spikes has played in 35 games, and started in 27 of them. He has accumulated 239 tackles over the three year span. 25 tackles for a loss, 3.5 QB sacks, and 4 picks (two returned for a TD). Spikes was named a team captain as a junior in 2008. In a game against Miami last year Spikes had 11 tackles!11!
Going into his Junior Year, Joe Haden has been ranked as high as #12 in CB's in the country. Last year Haden started all 14 games at CB and in 2007 became the first freshman to start for UF at corner in UF history. Last year he had 87 tackles and that was second best on the team! He had 10 tackles in the BCS National Championship game alone! Last year he had 3 picks and 1 forced fumble. Coming out of high-school in 2006 he was a QB and ranked 3rd amongst athletes in his class.
Ahmad Black is also going into his Jr. year and started all 14 games last year at SS (Strong Safety). Black had a critical, game saving INT against Oklahoma in the National Championship. He had a total of 7 Picks last year which was tied for most in the country. As a Sophomore, he got his first career start against Hawaii in the 2008 season opener. He, in that game alone, had two picks, one returned for his first career TD. Against Bama in the SEC championship game he recorded 7 tackles which was career high. He had done that once before in his two-year tenure at UF.
So yah! That was just three starters on a team that returned 22 players, going 2 deep, on defense from a NC winning season!
I have a feeling that scoring against us is going to pose a problem for our opponents
Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers, Running Backs, Tight Ends, and Offensive Lineman watchout!
eeeeRRRRRRReeeeeeeeeeeee Come the Gators!!!!!!!!
Just How Good, Part 3, Offense