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Darrin Kitchens, OLB

School: Florida  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Homestead, FL
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 230 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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Career Notes
Has appeared in 35 games, making three starts at linebacker...Plays on the kickoff coverage unit...Has 37 tackles, with 3.5 for loss along with one forced fumble and one quarterback hurry...Three year letter-winner for the Gators.
2012 Season
Played in all 13 games, making two starts at Florida State and versus Louisville...Finished the season with 14 tackles, 10 unassisted and 1.0 TFL (2 yards)...Had his best game of the year against Jacksonville State, when he recorded four tackles, three being solo stops...His performance was good for fourth-best for Gators in the game...Forced the first fumble of his career against Florida State, a game in which he also finished with one unassisted tackle...Notched the first quarterback hurry of his career against Bowling Green.
2011 Season
Played in all 13 games, making one start...Recorded 21 tackles on the season, including 2.5 for a loss of 12 yards...Named Special Teams Player of the Week twice (UAB, Furman)...Led the team with a career-high 12 tackles in his first career start against Furman, earning a 5-yard TFL...Had three tackles against Georgia...Notched two tackles against each of Alabama, UAB and FAU, recording his first career TFL for five yards in the season opener against FAU...Named to SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.
2010 Season
Saw action on the kickoff team in nine games...Recorded his first career tackle at Vanderbilt.
High School
A three-star prospect who was rated the No. 41 outside linebacker in the nation by Scout.com...Recorded 48 solo tackles, 18 sacks and 24 TFL in 2008...Has been timed at 10.9 in the 100 meters and 22.1 in the 200 meters and also recorded a long jump of 22'11" in track...Chose Florida over Florida State and Michigan...Coached by Bobby McCray.
Player News
05/13/2014 - Bills undrafted free agents: LB Darrin Kitchens - 6-2, 230 - Florida ... Played in 45 games with six starts at Florida and recorded 59 tackles, four tackles for a loss, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble. The linebacker earned the team's Fergie Ferguson Leadership Award and won the Gene Elleson Community Service Award. "Darrin is an awesome kid. Hard working and very cerebral player," said Leak. "He puts the time in in the film room and studies his craft. Made a name for himself as a special teams guy. Good athlete that has straight line speed. He started some games after some injuries and took advantage of it. He has great toughness and likes to step up and bang in the box even though he's not the biggest guy. He'll probably line up outside, but has the frame to put on 10-15 pounds." - Chris Brown, BuffaloBills.com

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