July 16, 2009

Countdown to kickoff: #51 Brandon Spikes

#51 Player/Hometown/High School: Brandon Spikes Shelby (N.C.) Crest

Hgt/Wgt: 6-foot-3, 258-lb Position: Linebacker Year: SR
Fall Depth Chart Projection: 1st team middle linebacker

Spring Review: As we reported in the 4/6 Insider Practice Report, Spikes seemed to take more of a backseat approach over the spring as he stepped aside and allowed younger, less experienced players to take center stage. Spikes, who certainly had nothing to prove, would come in for a few plays and then head to the sidelines and watch. Of course he made a statement here and there with his play during practice, but it was mostly a quiet spring for the senior middle linebacker.

Fall Projection:
Don't expect the quite and unassuming nature Spikes displayed over the spring to carry over to this fall. As we saw at the start of spring ball, he's put on some weight, but still carries it very well. It goes without saying that he should be the centerpiece for one of the, if not the, top defenses in the nation.

Others who wore the number: Bryan Royal (2002-05), Rod Royal (2001), Reid Fleming (2000), Ryan Kalich (1995-99), Anthony Ingrassia (1992-94), Gregg Diamond (1990-91), Greg Baldwin (1987-89), John Scott (1985), Rodney Billett (1983-84), Tim Newton (1981-82), Bill Allen (1981), David Little (1978-1980), Robbie Moore (1973-76), Mark King (1971-72), Brad Powell (1968-70), George Dean (1967), Bill Carr (1964-66) and Russell Staples (1962)

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