Mike Nattiel NFL Bio

The NFL's official draft bio on Florida linebacker Mike Nattiel.

Mike Nattiel
Outside Linebacker
University of Florida Gators
Archer, Florida

Shows good strength to hold ground at the point of attack…Stays on his feet and uses his hands properly to fight off the low blocks and step through traffic…Extends his arms to keep blockers from getting into his body…Has very good run stuffing instincts, stepping up with no hesitation to fill the holes…Has soft and natural hands for the interception… Very effective blitzing, showing explosion and power with his moves…Hard wrap-up tackler with the range to makes plays at the opposite end of the field…Shows good lateral agility and does a nice job of staying square on the ball carrier…Big-play artist with experience in the middle and outside linebacker positions…The nephew of former Florida standout, receiver Ricky Nattiel, he started 29 of 48 games for the Gators…Recorded 310 tackles (181 solos) with three sacks, nine stops behind the line of scrimmage, 15 quarterback pressures and nine pass deflections.

The squad's most experienced player, he started every game at strongside outside line- backer…Recorded a career-high 148 tackles (88 solos) with two sacks for minus 14 yards and six stops for losses of 28 yards…Credited with 12 quarterback pressures and six pass deflections.

Alabama-Birmingham…Made 6 tackles with a 9-yard sack.
Miami and Tennessee…Followed with 12 tackles in each game.
Ohio University and Mississippi…Credited with 11 hits in each contest.
Kentucky…Sacked QB Jared Lorenzen for a 5-yard loss, stopped tailback Artrose Pinner for minus 12 yards, causing a fumble on the play and posted 14 tackles (9 solos).
Auburn…Deflected 2 passes and delivered 8 tackles.
Georgia…Had 11 tackles (6 solos) with a stop behind the line of scrimmage and a pass break-up.
South Carolina…Registered a season-high 18 tackles (12 solos) and deflected a pass.
Florida State…Finished the regular season with a 13-tackle (7 solos) performance.
Michigan (Outback Bowl)…Closed out his career with 12 tackles (5 solos).

Played in all 11 regular season games, with eight starts (all but Marshall, LSU and Tennessee) for 465 plays at weakside linebacker...Recorded 66 tackles (37 solos) with a stop for a 3-yard loss, a quarterback pressure and a fumble recovery…Deflected two passes and intercepted another.

Marshall…Made 5 tackles on defense and 2 hits on special teams.
Louisiana State…Was in on 6 tackles (3 solos).
Auburn…Followed with a season-high 11 tackles (6 solos) as he also had a pressure and a fumble recovery.
Georgia…Registered 10 tackles (5 solos) and deflected a pass.
Vanderbilt…Had a stop for a 3-yard loss and 6 tackles (3 solos).
South Carolina…Totaled 8 tackles (5 solos).
Florida State and Kentucky…Added 6 tackles in each game.
Tennessee…Returned an interception 25 yards.

Emerged as the starter at weakside linebacker…Played in all 12 regular season games with seven starts (LSU, Auburn, Georgia, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Florida State and SEC Championship versus Auburn), seeing action on 467 plays…Recorded 61 tackles (34 solos) with two stops behind the line of scrimmage…Intercepted two passes and recovered a pair of fumbles.

Louisiana State…In first start of season, he earned a game ball after registering 13 tackles and two interceptions.
Auburn…Added 8 tackles (5 solos).
South Carolina…Followed with a 13-tackle performance.
Auburn (Southeastern Conference Championship Game)…Totaled 8 tackles (4 solos) and had two fumble recoveries.

Played in all 12 games with one start (SEC Championship Game vs. Alabama) for 171 plays…A top backup at weakside linebacker and also played on special teams…Recorded 35 tackles (22 solos with two stops for minus 6 yards, two quarterback pressures, one pass deflection and five special teams tackles.

Alabama (SEC Championship Game)…In his first career start, he led the team with 17 tackles (14 solos) and a stop for a 3-yard loss.

4.65 in the 40-yard dash.

Attended Newberry (Archer, Fla.) High…One of the state's elite linebackers in 1998 who garnered All-American recognition…A rare three-time first-team All-State (3A) pick who was also named to Super Prep's All-American team and that publication ranked him among the nation's top seven linebackers…Named to National Bluechips All-American team and that publication ranked him among the nation's top dozen prospects at weakside linebacker…Named to Prep Star's All-American team and that publication ranked him among the top eight linebackers in the SEC region…Honorable mention honors from USA Today in '98…132 tackles in 1998 and made nearly 400 tackles (394) in his sparkling prep career (150 as a junior and 112 as sophomore)…Coach was Scott Pritchett.

Sociology major…Uncle, Ricky Nattiel, a outstanding Gator wide receiver in the 1980's who was a first round NFL Draft selection by the Denver Broncos in 1986…Son of Sandra and Michael Nattiel…Born Michael Dondrill Nattiel on 11/08/80 in Gainesville, Florida… Resides in Archer, Florida.

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