Commentary

Florida's Spikes exceeds expectations

Originally Published: January 28, 2010
By Scouts Inc. | ESPN.com

Here's a look at how the prospects rated between No. 76 and 100 in the Class of 2006 have fared on the gridiron:

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Odom

76. Reggie Odom (Deland, Fla./Deland)
Position: DT
College: Mississippi State
Coming out of high school Odom was billed as a gifted run-stuffer who would demand double-teams. He saw his first game action as a redshirt sophomore in 2008. He has two career tackles for the Bulldogs. He'll be a senior this coming fall.


Tate

77. Ben Tate (Salisbury, Md./Snow Hill)
Position: RB
College: Auburn

Tate had an extremely productive career for the Tigers, finishing as the No. 5 rusher in school history with 3,321 career yards. His 1,362 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns as a senior earned him second-team All-SEC honors. Tate is ranked as the No. 9 running back entering the 2010 NFL draft.


Hagan

78. Darian Hagan (Los Angeles/Crenshaw)
Position: S
College: Cal
Hagan, Cal's top-ranked recruit in the 2006 cycle, has been a frequent starter for the Bears. He had a solid sophomore campaign in 2008 with 56 tackles and three interceptions. He followed that up with 30 tackles as a junior this past year. Hagan will be a senior in the fall.


Walls

79. Darrin Walls (Pittsburgh/Woodland Hill)
Position: CB
College Notre Dame
Walls was a special-teams contributor as a freshman and ascended to the top of the corner depth chart in South Bend before his sophomore season (2007). He left the university for personal reasons before the 2008 season and returned with two years of eligibility remaining. He had 27 tackles and an interception this past season.


Smith

80. Connor Smith (Cincinnati/Colerain)
Position: OT
College: Ohio State
Smith, the top-rated offensive lineman in Ohio State's 2006 recruiting class. is a reserve guard for the Buckeyes. The 6-foot-4, 321-pounder, who was lauded for his run-blocking ability coming out of high school, saw time in eight games as a junior. Smith will be a senior this fall.


Crawford

81. London Crawford (Mobile, Ala./Davidson)
Position: WR
College: Arkansas
Crawford had 53 career catches for 747 yards and four touchdowns in four years with the Razorbacks. His best season came as a junior in 2008, when he had 27 catches for 311 yards and a touchdown. Crawford may be best remembered for the acrobatic catch he made in the corner of the end zone with seconds remaining in Arkansas' 31-30 victory over LSU in 2008.


Wallace

82. A.J. Wallace (Pomfret, Md./McDonough)
Position: CB
College: Penn State
Wallace, one of several prospects from Maryland to pick the Nittany Lions in recent years, was a periodic starter and special-teams contributor during four years with the Lions. He started six games and had 36 of his 99 career tackles as a senior in 2009. He is rated as the No. 24 CB prospect in the 2010 NFL draft.


Williams

83. Mon Williams (Mesquite, Texas/Horn)
Position: RB
College: Florida

Williams saw time in eight games as a true freshman. He compiled 101 yards rushing on the season. He tore his ACL in the spring of 2007 and sat out that season. He played only one game in 2008 before transferring to Eastern Illinois. As a junior for the Panthers this past fall he had 870 rushing yards and nine touchdowns.


Patterson

84. Adam Patterson (Columbia, S.C./Richland)
Position: DE
College: Michigan
Patterson has eight career tackles for the Wolverines. He played in six games and made a tackle this past season. He'll be a redshirt senior this coming fall.


Gamble

85. Darryl Gamble (Bainbridge, Ga./Bainbridge)
Position: S
College: Georgia
Gamble bulked up -- he's currently listed at 6-2, 250 -- and made the transition to strongside linebacker. After redshirting as a freshman, he has become a fixture on the Bulldogs' defense. He has registered 121 career tackles and started all but two of UGA's games in 2009. He'll be a senior this coming fall.


86. Andrey Baskin (Camden, N.J./Camden)
Position: WR
College: Syracuse
After failing to qualify out of high school, Baskin attended Milford Academy to improve his academic standing. However, in 2007 he again was not admitted to the university.


Cumbie

87. Jamie Cumbie (Morris, Ill./Morris)
Position: DE
College: Clemson
Cumbie has been a rotation player for Clemson's tenacious defensive front. Playing defensive tackle in 2009 he had 33 tackles and 2.5 sacks. He'll be a senior this fall.


Williams

88. Damian Williams (Springdale, Ark./Springdale)
Position: WR
College: Arkansas
Williams, one of four Springdale players to sign with the Razorbacks, spent one year at Arkansas before transferring to Southern California. His departure was somewhat controversial; parents of the Springdale freshmen had frequently voiced displeasure with the Razorbacks' offense. As a freshman he made 19 catches for 235 yards and two touchdowns. In two years at USC, Williams had 1,879 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns. He was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection in 2010. Despite having one more year of eligibility remaining, Williams elected to enter the 2010 NFL draft. He projects as a second-round selection.


Banks

89. Quintin Banks (Warner Robins, Ga./Houston County)
Position: S
College: Georgia
Banks has played in 17 games during three seasons with the Bulldogs. He has 11 career tackles and will be a senior in the fall.


McClendon

90. Jacques McClendon (Chattanooga, Tenn./Baylor School)
Position: OG
College: Tennessee
McClendon contributed in each of his four seasons with the Vols, but he made his biggest impact as an upperclassman. This past season he started every game at guard for the Vols.


Holland

91. Jamere Holland (Pacoima, Calif./Taft)
Position: WR
College: USC
Holland spent a year at USC before transferring to Oregon. In two seasons with the Ducks he has 252 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Holland will be a senior this fall.


Burnette

92. Buck Burnette (Wimberley, Texas/Wimberley)
Position: OG
College: Texas
Burnette appeared in 13 games as a redshirt freshman in 2007. He was dismissed from the team the following November after he posted derogatory comments about then-president elect Barack Obama on his Facebook page.


Thenarse

93. Rickey Thenarse (Los Angeles/Jordan)
Position: S
College: Nebraska
After playing 37 games, starting five of them, in his first three seasons in Lincoln, Thenarse hurt his shoulder during the fourth game of 2009, his senior campaign. He is applying for a medical redshirt. He has 72 career tackles.


Alexander

94. Ben Alexander (Anderson, S.C./T.L. Hanna)
Position: DT
College: Texas

Alexander has been a contributor for the Longhorns as an upperclassman. He had 29 tackles in 2009, his senior season, and was a key run-stopper on one of the nation's premier defenses.


Tatum

95. Josh Tatum (Oakland/McClymonds)
Position: OLB
College: USC
Tatum redshirted as a freshman at USC then opted to go the junior college route. He transferred to Missouri after two successful seasons at the City College of San Francisco. He was hindered by a back injury in his first season with the Tigers.


Deas

96. Charles Deas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Dillard)
Position: DT
College: LSU
Deas has yet to play a down of major college football. He spent some time at Milford Academy to get his academics in order, then signed with Auburn as part of the 2008 class, but he never suited up for the Tigers.


Williams

97. Isiah "Juice" Williams (Chicago/Chicago Vocational)
Position: QB
College: Illinois
Williams was a four-year starter at the University of Illinois. He holds the school record for starts at quarterback (44) and set the mark for total offense (10,594 yards). As a sophomore he helped guide the Illini to a Rose Bowl berth. He was an All-Big Ten selection in 2008 and was honorable mention in 2007 and 2009.


Smith

98. Lance Smith (Warren, Ohio/Howland)
Position: RB
College: Wisconsin
Smith had 774 yards and eight rushing touchdowns in two seasons with the Badgers. He was kicked off the team following the 2007 season due to legal problems. This past season, Smith made his debut for the Memphis Tigers. He had 149 yards and a touchdown during his junior campaign.


Moreno

99. Knowshon Moreno (Middletown, N.J./South)
Position: RB
College: Georgia
After redshirting as a freshman, Moreno was one of the country's elite runners in two seasons at UGA. His 1,334 rush yards and 14 touchdowns as a freshman earned him SEC Freshman of the Year honors. He followed that up with a 1,400-yard, 16-touchdown outing in 2008. After two seasons with the Bulldogs, Moreno declared for the NFL draft. He was selected 12th overall by the Denver Broncos. He had 947 yards and seven touchdowns as a rookie in 2009.


Spikes

100. Brandon Spikes (Shelby, N.C./Crest)
Position: ILB
College: Florida
Spikes likely will go down as one of the top defensive players in Florida history. A two-time All-American and three-time All-SEC selection, Spikes was a key contributor on national title teams in 2006 and 2008. He amassed 307 tackles, 6.5 sacks and six interceptions during his career with the Gators. He projects Spikes as a first-round pick in April's NFL draft.


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