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71 Mike Pearson
  • Offensive Tackle
  • 6-7, 300
  • Junior (RS), 2L
  • Seffner (Armwood HS)

Games (Starts): 35 (33) Plays: 2,547
A redshirt junior...Has played in 33 regular season games with 31 starts for 2,547 plays and also started the 2000 Citrus Bowl and the 2001 Sugar Bowl...A first-team All-America selection in 2001 and a second-team selection in 2000...First-team All-SEC in 2000 and 2001...Two-time (2000-01) SEC Academic Honor Roll selection...First-team Freshman All-America selection in 1999 as chosen by The Sporting News

Games (Starts): 11 (11) Plays: 757
A redshirt junior who ranks among the nation's premier offensive tackles...Named the nation's top offensive tackle by The Sporting News in their preseason rankings...First-team All America selection by Football Writers Association and the Sporting News...First Team All-SEC (AP, Coaches, Football News) for the second consecutive season...SEC Academic Honor Roll selection...Received the offensive leadership award for spring drills...Started all 11 games at left tackle, stretching his consecutive starts at that position to 33...757 plays ranks first on the offensive squad

2000: Emerged as one of the nation's top offensive tackles...Starter at left offensive tackle in all 12 regular season games and the Nokia Sugar Bowl...One of only five players on squad to start all 13 games...809 snaps played was third top total on team and second best for an offensive lineman...ABC Sports' BCSFOOTBALL.COM second-team All-America choice...Coaches first-team All-SEC...An All-SEC second-team selection by The Sporting News and the Associated Press...Recipient of UF's James W. Kynes Ironman Award for the 2000 season...A SEC Academic Honor Roll selection...Missed virtually all of August drills after suffering a fractured skull in a motor vehicle incident on July 25th... Received Bob Bryan Student-Athlete Award and Best Effort Award on offense following spring drills...

1999: First-Team Freshman All-America selection by The Sporting News... Named to Coaches' and Knoxville News-Sentinel SEC All-Freshman Teams... Named UF's Outstanding Freshman... SEC Academic Honor Roll selection... Moved into the starting spot at left tackle (starting with LSU game in week six) when Cooper Carlisle moved to left guard to replace Ryan Kalich who suffered a knee injury... Played in 10 of 12 games (all but Tennessee and Alabama) with eight starts (Western Michigan, LSU, Auburn, Georgia, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Florida State and Alabama (SEC Championship Game) for 652 plays... Also started Citrus Bowl... Averaged 65.2 snaps per game, which ranked second most on offensive line... 652 total snaps ranked fifth on offensive line unit... Made first career start in the season opener at left tackle in place of Cooper Carlisle who was replacing the suspended Kenyatta Walker on the right side... 89 snaps vs. Western Michigan was most for anyone on the offensive unit... Tied for most plays played on offense with 64 vs. LSU... 86 snaps vs. Auburn was most for anyone on the offensive unit... Tied for most plays played on offense with 77 vs. Georgia... Tied for most plays played on offense vs. Vanderbilt with 67... 72 snaps vs. South Carolina was the most for anyone on the offensive unit... Tied for most plays played on offense vs. Florida State with 82... Received the Most Improved Offensive Lineman Award during spring...

1998: Did not see any game action and was redshirted... Worked with the scout team at offensive tackle...

Prep: Considered one of the nation's elite prep offensive linemen in 1997... A first-team USA Today All-America selection... Also named to prestigious Parade All-America Team... The Sporting News ranked him among the top 10 players in the nation and the top offensive lineman... Ranked among the nation's top two offensive tackle prospects by National Recruiting Advisor and that publication also ranked him among the top 10 overall players in the nation... Named the top weakside offensive tackle prospect in the nation by National Bluechips Recruiting Service... Named to SuperPrep All-America Team and that publication also ranked him among the top two offensive linemen in the country and among the top 25 players overall... Named to PrepStar's All-America Dream Team and that publication ranked him among the nation's top four offensive line prospects... Named to Florida's prestigious Super Seniors Team... A first-team (5A) all-state selection... A superior student (posted a 4.26 weighted GPA in a honors course program)... High school coach was Sean Callahan... Member of the National Honor Society, Latin Honor Society and president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes... Also visited Michigan and Ohio State...

Personal: Born Michael Wayne Pearson on August 22, 1980 in Tampa, Florida... Parents: Charles and Carol Pearson... Became engaged to Melissa Merrill in December, 2000...Enjoys playing pool and fishing in his free time... Favorite sports personality is Tony Boselli and favorite actor is Mel Gibson...

Major: Business Administration.

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