Looking at recent history for the Florida Gators defense, one attribute really stands out –
terrific play at linebacker over the past 15 years. What the team has occasionally lacked at other positions, they have more than made up for at linebacker.
Heading into the 2018 season, which will be the first under new head coach Dan Mullen and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, there will be pressure on the Gator defense to keep the team in games until the offense finds its footing. Much of that pressure will be centered around linebacker David Reese, who coming into his junior season in Gainesville, is considered one of the leaders of the defense.
Reese will hope to join this list of terrific linebackers to play for the Gators in the past 15 years.
Brandon Siler 2005-2006
Siler only spent two years in a Gator uniform, but his 2006 season was terrific. Siler totaled 53 tackles, including 10 tackles for loss and three quarterback sacks in 13 games.
Siler’s production in 2006 was rewarded as he was named Second-Team All-SEC and Third-Team All-American. Siler would help lead Florida to the 2006 BCS National Championship and go on to be drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the seventh-round of the 2007 NFL Draft.
Brandon Spikes 2006-2009
Spikes had an outstanding college career totaling over 300 tackles, 6.5 quarterback sacks and six interceptions during his four-year run in Gainesville. Spikes was a three-time, consensus All-SEC selection and a two-time, consensus All-American selection.
Spikes would play a major part in a Florida defense that would won the 2008 BCS National Championship. Spikes would go on to be drafted by the New England Patriots in the second-round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Jon Bostic 2010-2012
In three seasons at linebacker, Bostic recorded over 200 tackles including 19 tackles for loss and 7.5 quarterback sacks. Bostic earned Second-Team All-SEC honors during the 2012 season, a season in which he totaled 68 tackles, three quarterback sacks and two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.
Bostic was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the second-round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
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