Brandon Spikes was drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round (62nd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Brandon Spikes was drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round (62nd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.SEASONAL REVIEWS 2012 (15/14, 2/2)
2011 (8/6, 3/2)
- Tied a single-game career playoff career high with 11 tackles in the AFC Championship vs. Baltimore (1/20).
- Inactive due to injury at Jacksonville (12/23).
- 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).
- Eclipsed the double-digit tackle plateau for the fifth time in 2012, making 12 tackles vs. Buffalo (11/11). Also forced a fumble and defensed a pass.
- Made 14 tackles, registering his fourth double-digit tackle game of the season in the overtime win vs. N.Y. Jets (10/21).
- 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.
- Started and collected a team-high 12 tackles and forced a fumble vs. Arizona (9/16).
- Started at linebacker and made two tackles in the win at Tennessee (9/9).
- Appeared in all three postseason games, making two starts and was second on the team with 27 tackles.
- Started and made a single-game playoff career-high 11 stops against the N.Y. Giants (2/5).
- Started at linebacker and collected nine tackles against Baltimore (1/22). Also picked off a Ravens pass and returned it 19 yards in the fourth quarter.
- Started at linebacker and made six tackles, one sack for a four-yard loss and recovered a first-quarter fumble that led to a Patriots touchdown against Denver (1/14).
- Played in eight games and finished with 47 tackles and one pass defensed.
- Returned from injury and played as a reserve on defense in a win over Buffalo (1/1).
- Was inactive due to injury against the Jets (11/13), Chiefs (11/21), Eagles (11/27), Colts (12/4), Redskins (12/11), Broncos (12/18) and Dolphins (12/24).
- Made his sixth start of the season and made five tackles against the Giants (11/6).
- Started and registered a season-high 12 stops and his first pass defesed of 2011 in Pittsburgh (10/30).
- Started at OLB and made a season-high eight tackles including a key third-down stop behind the line of scrimmage on Dallas RB Tashard Choice on a shovel pass in the fourth quarter to force the Cowblys to kick a field goal (10/16).
- Started for the third consecutive game at OLB and made six solo stops against the Jets (10/9).
- Made his second straight start at OLB against the Raiders and finished with a season-high six tackles (10/2).
- Started his first game of the year at OLB in Buffalo and made five tackles (9/25).
- Made three tackles in his regular season debut against the Chargers (9/18).
- Was inactive in the season opener against the Dolphins (9/12).
- 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 tackels(41 solo), an interception, three passes defensed adn two special teams tackles.
- Recorded his first career interception, picking off Mark Sanchez at the New England two-yard line, returning it five yards. Also contributed seven tackles in a reserve role against the Jets (12/6).
- Contributed two tackles and a pass defensed in a reserve role against the Lions (11/25).
- Made three tackles in a reserve role against the Colts (11/21).
- Registered three tackles in a start against the Steelers (11/14).
- Led the team with 10 tackles against the Browns (11/7).
- Registered 10 tackles in a start against the Vikings (10/31). Combined with Vince Wifork 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.
- Made three tackles in a start against the Chargers (10/24).
- Tallied a career-high 13 tackles in his fourth straight start of the season against the Ravens (10/17).
- Made three tackles in a start against the Dolphins (10/4).
- Recorded five tackles against the Bills in his second start (9/26).
- Made his first NFL start at inside linebacker against the Jets and led the team with 10 tackles (9/19).
- Played in his first NFL game in the season opener against the Bengals, tallying two tackles and a pass defensed (9/12).
- Spikes started 39 of 47 games at Florida, including his final 38 appearances, recording 307 tackles (178 solos) with 6.5 sacks for minus 42 yards, 31.5 stops for losses totaling 89 yards and eight pressures.
- Deflected 14 passes and intercepted six others, setting the school career record, as he returned four of those 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 1.5 sacks for minus 13 yards and leading the Gators with 16.0 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 14-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) during 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.
- Spikes has solid football bloodlines, as he is the younger cousin of San Diego Chargers' Takeo Spikes.
- Brandon patterns his style of play after Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus. He wore Butkus' jersey #51 while at Florida.