Spikes To Return For Senior Season

Junior linebacker Brandon Spikes announced on Thursday that he will remain at the University of Florida for his senior season.

"I'm excited to hear that Brandon is coming back," said head coach Urban Meyer. "At the end of the day, I want our players to make educated decisions about their future. Brandon has obviously done that. He was the heart and soul of our defense this year. He was the quarterback of our defense and set the tone in many of our victories."

"It was a tough decision for me and my family," said Spikes. "I just felt like it was the right choice to come back. I love the coaching staff and my teammates and I look forward to playing another year in front of the best fans in America."

Spikes was an integral part of the national champion Gators' defense and led the team with 93 tackles, to go with four interceptions and eight tackles for loss, including two sacks. All four of his interceptions came against top-25 opponents, which tied for first among all players nationally and was the most by any linebacker in the country. A finalist for the Nagurski Award, Spikes was one of five linebackers in the nation to have two interceptions returned for touchdowns last season. He has led the Gators in tackles in 10 of the last 17 games, recording 10-or-more tackles in five of his last 14 outings. Spikes was named an All-American by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), The Sporting News and Walter Camp and was a first-team All-SEC recipient.

Courtesy UF Sports Information

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