CAREER TRANSACTIONS Brandon Spikes
was drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round (62nd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. SEASONAL REVIEWS 2013 (9/7)
2012 (15/14, 2/2)
- Started at linebacker in the seaosn opener at Buffalo (9/8).
- Compiled 10 tackles vs. Tampa Bay (9/22).
- Made a career-high 22 tackles at Cincinnati (10/6) and his second career interception as the Bengals were driving deep into Patriots territory. Spikes’ 22 tackles were the most in a game by a Patriots defender since Jerod Mayo made 23 tackles vs N.Y. Jets in 2008.
- Registered his third double-digit tackle game of the season at N.Y. Jets (10/20), making 17 stops.
2011 (8/6, 3/3)
- Played in 15 regular-season games, making 14 starts and finished second on the team with 128 tackles, one sack, seven passes defensed and a career-high five forced fumbles.
- Registered double-digit tackle performances seven times.
- Started both playoff games and compiled a team-high 17 tackles.
- Inactive due to injury at Jacksonville (12/23).
- Started and collected a team-high 12 tackles and forced a fumble vs. Arizona (9/16).
- Started and led the team in tackles (11) for the second time in 2012 at Buffalo (9/30). Also defensed a pass and became the seventh Patriot to force two or more fumbles in a game - the first was a goal-line stop just before halftime and the second led to a Patriots fourth-quarter touchdown.
- Made 12 tackles vs. Buffalo (11/11), forced a fumble and defensed a pass.
- Registered a career-high 16 tackles, defensed one pass and forced a fumble that was recovered by the Patriots and led to a touchdown in the win at N.Y. Jets (11/22).
- Tied a single-game career playoff career high with 11 tackles in the AFC Championship vs. Baltimore (1/20).
2010 (12/8, 1/0)
- Played in eight games with six starts and finished with 51 tackles and one pass defensed.
- Started all three postseason games and was second on the team with 27 tackles, including one sack and intercepted one pass and defensed three others.
- Inactive due to injury at Miami (9/12), at the N.Y. Jets (11/13), vs. Kansas City (11/21), at Philadelphia (11/27), vs. Indianapolis (12/4), at Washington (12/11), at Denver (12/18) and vs. Miami (12/24).
- Started and registered 14 stops and one pass defensed at Pittsburgh (10/30).
- Started at linebacker in the AFC Championship Game vs. Baltimore (1/22), made nine tackles and intercepted a fourth-quarter Joe Flacco pass and returned it 19 yards.
- Started at linebacker in Super Bowl XLVI and made a single-game playoff career-high 11 stops vs. N.Y. Giants (2/5).
- Played in 12 games with eight starts and missed four games due to an NFL suspension. Finished the season fifth on the team with 71 tackles (41 solo). Also added an interception, three passes defensed and two special teams tackles.
- Had four double-digit tackle games in 2010.
- Made his first NFL start at inside linebacker vs. N.Y. Jets (9/19) and led the team with 10 tackles.
- Tallied 13 tackles in a 23-20 overtime win vs. Baltimore (10/17).
- Registered 10 tackles vs. Minnesota (10/31). Combined with Vince Wilfork to stop Adrian Peterson for a 1-yard loss on first-and-goal from the 10-yard line late in the second quarter, starting a defensive stand that ended in Spikes and Jermaine Cunningham stopping Peterson for a 2-yard loss on fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line.
- Recorded his first career interception in a 45-3 win vs. N.Y. Jets (12/6), picking off Mark Sanchez at the New England 2-yard line.
- Spikes started 39 of 47 games at Florida, including his final 38 appearances, recording 307 tackles (178 solos) with 6½ sacks for minus 42 yards, 31½ stops for losses totaling 89 yards and eight pressures.
- Deflected 14 passes and intercepted six others, returning a school-record four for touchdowns.
- Third linebacker in NCAA football since 1996 to return four interceptions for touchdowns in a career.
- Led the team in tackles in 2007 and 2008.
- Honors and awards (2009): All-American first-team selection by The Sporting News, Associated Press and Walter Camp as a senior, Finalist for the Butkus Award (top linebacker) and Bednarik Award (nation’s top defender), Lombardi Award semifinalist and Lott Trophy quarterfinalist, first-team All-SEC choice by the league’s coaches and second-team pick by the AP.
- Honors and Awards (2008): Team Captain, consensus first-team All-American, first-team All-SEC performer, finalist for the Nagurski Trophy, semifinalist for the Lombardi and Bednarik Awards
- First-team All-SEC honors from the league’s coaches and AP his sophomore year.
- Member of the UF Football Leadership Committee (2007, 2008).
- Led the team with a career-high 131 tackles (81 solos), posting 1½ sacks for minus 13 yards and leading the Gators with 16 stops for losses of 36 yards (13th-best season total in school history) his sophomore year.
- Born the son of Sherry Allen on Sept. 3, 1987 in Shelby, N.C.
- Has solid football bloodlines, as his cousin, Takeo Spikes, is a 15-year NFL veteran.
- Patterns his style of play after Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus, honoring his idol while at Florida by wearing Butkus’ jersey number (51) from his playing days with the Chicago Bears.
- Attended Crest Senior (Cleveland County, N.C.) High School, lettering four times in football as a starter at defensive end and linebacker.
- Majored in anthropology.
FORCING THE ISSUE
- Spikes has solid football bloodlines, as he is the younger cousin of former San Diego Chargers’ linebacker Takeo Spikes.
- Brandon patterns his style of play after Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus. He wore Butkus’ jersey #51 while at Florida.
LB Brandon Spikes forced two fumbles at Buffalo (9/30) and LB Rob Ninkovich forced two fumbles vs. Denver (10/7) to become one of eight Patriots players to record at least two forced fumbles in a single game.
|Mike Vrabel(10/28/07 vs. Washington)
|Rob Ninkovich (10/07/12 vs. Denver)
|Brandon Spikes (09/30/12 at Buffalo)
|Adalius Thomas (12/16/07 vs. NY Jets)
|Rosevelt Colvin (09/16/07 vs. San Diego)
|Roman Phifer (11/23/02 vs. Minnesota)
|Tebucky Jones (12/22/01 vs. Miami)
|Ferric Collins (10/20/96 at Indianapolis)