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Sean Spence
ILB #51
Height:
5-11
Weight:
231
College:
Miami (Fla.)
Hometown:
Miami, FL
Experience:
4
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 31 90 63 27 2 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
2015 PIT 15 37 29 8 1 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2014 PIT 16 53 34 19 1 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --

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Biography

PRO (31-15/3-1): Sean Spence was the recipient of the team’s Ed Block Courage Award in 2014…placed on the team’s Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List on August 25, 2013 due to a knew injury and missed the entire 2013 season…placed on the team’s Reserve/Injured List on August 31, 2012 with a knee injury and missed the entire 2012 season…originally drafted by the Steelers in the third round (86th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.

2015 (15-4/2-0): Sean Spence recorded three special teams tackles (one, 9/20 vs. San Francisco, 10/25 at Kansas City and 11/1 vs. Cincinnati)…inactive due to a hamstring injury 12/6 vs. Indianapolis.

  • 9/10 at New England: Left the game in the third quarter due to a right hamstring injury and did not return.
  • 10/1 vs. Baltimore: Recorded his second career sack.
  • 11/29 at Seattle: Left the game in the fourth quarter due to a hamstring injury and did not return.

PRO (31-15/3-1): Sean Spence was the recipient of the team’s Ed Block Courage Award in 2014…placed on the team’s Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List on August 25, 2013 due to a knew injury and missed the entire 2013 season…placed on the team’s Reserve/Injured List on August 31, 2012 with a knee injury and missed the entire 2012 season…originally drafted by the Steelers in the third round (86th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.

2015 (15-4/2-0): Sean Spence recorded three special teams tackles (one, 9/20 vs. San Francisco, 10/25 at Kansas City and 11/1 vs. Cincinnati)…inactive due to a hamstring injury 12/6 vs. Indianapolis.

  • 9/10 at New England: Left the game in the third quarter due to a right hamstring injury and did not return.
  • 10/1 vs. Baltimore: Recorded his second career sack.
  • 11/29 at Seattle: Left the game in the fourth quarter due to a hamstring injury and did not return.

2014 (16-8/1-1): Saw action in all 16 games with eight starts in the regular season…made his postseason debut, starting at LB, in the AFC Wild Card Game vs. Baltimore…had three special teams tackles (two, 9/7 vs. Cleveland, and one, 9/21 at Carolina).

  • 9/7 vs. Cleveland: Saw action on special teams in his first career contest.
  • 9/28 vs. Tampa Bay: Made his first career start at ILB…totaled three tackles and two QB pressures.
  • 10/5 at Jacksonville: Recorded a career-high six tackles…also totaled his first career pass breakup.
  • 10/20 vs. Houston: Registered the first fumble recovery on defense in his career forced by LB Jason Worilds.
  • 12/28 vs. Cincinnati: Recorded his first career sack, a seven-yard takedown of QB Andy Dalton.
  • AFC Wild Card Game 1/3 vs. Baltimore: Registered a sack and forced fumble on QB Joe Flacco, both postseason firsts.   

COLLEGE: Started 40-of-47 games at Miami (Fla.), 39 at weak-side outside linebacker and the 2011 Georgia Tech contest at middle linebacker…ranks 11th in school history with 318 tackles (170 solo) that included 10.5 sacks for minus-87 yards and 47.0 stops for losses totaling 164 yards…caused four fumbles, recovered another, deflected nine passes and had a seven-yard interception return for a touchdown…became the first Hurricane to record 100 tackles in consecutive seasons (111 in 2010 and 106 in 2011) since 2003 (Jonathan Vilma made 133 stops in 2002 and 127 in 2003)…is just one of six Hurricanes to ever record 100 tackles at least twice in a career…majored in general studies. 2011: Earned All-American fourth-team honors from Phil Steele, as the Butkus Award semifinalist was the recipient of the team’s Captain’s Award and Jack Hardin Most Outstanding Player Award…earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team honors from the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association…started the team’s final 11 games, including 10 at weak-side outside linebacker and at middle linebacker vs. Georgia Tech…led the team with 106 tackles (54 solo), three sacks for minus 23 yards and a team-high 14 stops for losses of 39 yards, as that total ranked second in the league and tied for 30th in the nation…finished fourth in the ACC with an average of 9.64 tackles per game…also caused a fumble and deflected one pass…registered at least 10 tackles in six games. 2010: The team’s Most Valuable Player earned second-team All-ACC honors from the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association…one of seven Hurricanes to start all 13 games, the junior weak-side linebacker finished second on the team and fifth in the conference with a career-high 111 tackles (59 solo) that included 2.5 sacks for minus 21 yards…paced the Hurricanes and ranked fourth in the league with a career-high 17.0 stops for losses of 61 yards for a team that ranked 22nd in the nation in total defense (323.31 ypg)…caused two fumbles, recovered another and deflected six passes. 2009: Started seven of the ten games he appeared in…finished with 36 tackles (19 solo)…credited with three sacks for minus 28 yards, 6.5 stops for losses of 33 yards and a quarterback pressure. 2008: A Freshman All-American selection by The Sporting News and College Football News…named the Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Rookie of the Year by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association…started the last nine games, finishing third on the team with 65 tackles (38 solo) that included two sacks and a team-high 9.5 stops for losses of 31 yards…also caused a fumble and deflected a pass, scoring on a seven-yard interception return during his first career start, vs. Florida State, adding 10 tackles vs. the Seminoles…caused a fumble in the final moments of regulation vs. Virginia.

PERSONAL: Attended Northwestern High School (Miami, Fla.)…was a four-star prospect, rated 13th among the nation’s outside linebackers by Rivals.com, as that recruiting service placed him on their Florida Top 24 squad…Scout.com also regarded the 194-pound prep senior as a four-star recruit and rated him the fifth-best weak-side linebacker in the country…moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore, picking off a pair of passes while recording 96 tackles…during his junior campaign, the team compiled a 15-0 record, with the linebacker leading the state with 197 tackles that included 10 stops behind the line of scrimmage while picking off two more passes…in 2007, the team’s national championship campaign, Spence delivered 123 tackles with two interceptions and three sacks…rated the second-best outside linebacker in the country by ESPN and earned All-American honors from Prep State…added all-state accolades from the Florida Sportswriters Association and ranked sixth on the Miami Herald South Florida Top 25…selected to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 team, he competed in the inaugural Under-Armour All-Star game…son of Crystal and Samuel Spence…has one daughter, Summer Joy…Full name: Sean Ryan Christopher Spence.