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Akeem Spence
DT #97
Height:
6-1
Weight:
307
Age:
22
College:
Illinois
Experience:
2

Quick Stats (2014):

TCKL
12
SCK
0.5
FF
0
INT
--
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 41 29 12 1.5 0 0 0 0 -- 0 0 0 1
2014 TB 7 0 12 10 2 0.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2013 TB 16 14 29 19 10 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 1
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 CAR L 14-20 3 3 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 STL L 17-19 2 2 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 @ATL L 14-56 3 1 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
4 @PIT W 27-24 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
5 @NO L 31-37 2 2 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
6 BAL L 17-48 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
8 MIN L 13-19 2 2 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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Biography

ACQUIRED BY BUCS

  • Selected in the fourth round (100th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Buccaneers.

 

2013 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Played in all 16 games, including 14 starts, as a rookie.
  • Posted 29 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery.
  • Started NFL debut at New York Jets (9/8). Anchored rush defense that held Jets running backs to 44 yards on 22 carries (2.0 avg.).
  • Recovered a fumble at the Jets 5-yard line after a Mason Foster strip-sack, leading to a Buccaneers touchdown on the next play.
  • Recorded one tackle vs. New Orleans (9/15).
  • Registered first career sack when he brought down Tom Brady at New England (9/22). Also recorded four tackles, including one for loss.
  • Started vs. Arizona (9/29) and recorded two tackles.
  • Started at Atlanta (10/20) and anchored a run defense that allowed just 18 rushing yards on 18 attempts (1.0 avg.).
  • Started at Seattle (11/3) and recorded two tackles, including one for loss.
  • Started vs. Miami (11/11), posting one tackle and playing an integral role in Buccaneers run defense that allowed a franchise-record two rushing yards.
  • Started vs. Atlanta (11/17) and recorded two tackles.
  • Started at Detroit (11/24) and registered three tackles.
  • Started at Carolina (11/1) and recorded one tackle.
  • Started vs. Buffalo (12/8) and posted two tackles.
  • Started vs. San Francisco (12/15) and notched three tackles.
  • Started and recorded one tackle at New Orleans (12/29).

 

COLLEGE

  • Started all 38 games he played in at Illinois, totaling 186 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 26 quarterback pressures.
  • Entered the NFL Draft after his junior season
  • Posted career bests in tackles (72) and tackles for loss (7.0) as a junior.
  • Earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from Phil Steele in 2012.
  • A member of the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy watch lists as a junior.
  • A first-team All-Big Ten selection by The NFL Draft Report following his sophomore season.
  • Was named a Freshman All-American by College Football News, the FWAA, Phil Steele and Rivals.com
  • Majored in communications.

 

PERSONAL

  • Attended Fort Walton Beach High School (Fort Walton, Florida).
  • Selected to play in the Florida All-Star Game following his senior season.
  • Ranked as the 34th best defensive tackle in the country, according to ESPN.
  • Earneed Class 4A All-District II accolades in 2008, helping lead his team to a 10-2 record and a division championship, recording 80 tackles and five sacks.
  • Earned All-District II honors in 2007, totaling 67 tackles with 2.0 sacks.
  • 2009 Florida High School Athletics Association Boys Weightlifting Champion, Heavyweight division.
  • Also lettered in track, performing in the discus and shot put.
  • Son of Karen and Floyd Spence.
  • Born Akeem Spence on November 29, 1991, in Fort Walton, Florida.

 

COMMUNITY

  • Along with the defensive line, purchased toys and hosted a surprise shopping spree for underprivileged families in the “D-Line Does Christmas” event in December 2013.
  • Paired up with United Way volunteers and students to install a “Learning Garden” at Edison Elementary in October 2013.
  • As part of the 2013 Buccaneers Rookie Club, took part in a variety of community service events, including: visiting patients at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Tampa; hosting an ice cream social for military veterans at James Haley VA Hospital; participating in a teambuilding scavenger hunt with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa at Busch Gardens; hosting a bowling outing with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Tampa Bay; challenging youths from the Central City YMCA in games at a local arcade; visiting local servicemen and servicewomen at MacDill Air Force Base; hosting a “Salute to Service” Barbecue with USAA at U.S. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg; greeting veterans at Bay Pines VA Hospital; visiting young patients over the holidays at All Children’s Hospital; and singing Christmas carols to residents at Westminster Palms Retirement Home.

ACQUIRED BY BUCS

  • Selected in the fourth round (100th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Buccaneers.

 

2013 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Played in all 16 games, including 14 starts, as a rookie.
  • Posted 29 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery.
  • Started NFL debut at New York Jets (9/8). Anchored rush defense that held Jets running backs to 44 yards on 22 carries (2.0 avg.).
  • Recovered a fumble at the Jets 5-yard line after a Mason Foster strip-sack, leading to a Buccaneers touchdown on the next play.
  • Recorded one tackle vs. New Orleans (9/15).
  • Registered first career sack when he brought down Tom Brady at New England (9/22). Also recorded four tackles, including one for loss.
  • Started vs. Arizona (9/29) and recorded two tackles.
  • Started at Atlanta (10/20) and anchored a run defense that allowed just 18 rushing yards on 18 attempts (1.0 avg.).
  • Started at Seattle (11/3) and recorded two tackles, including one for loss.
  • Started vs. Miami (11/11), posting one tackle and playing an integral role in Buccaneers run defense that allowed a franchise-record two rushing yards.
  • Started vs. Atlanta (11/17) and recorded two tackles.
  • Started at Detroit (11/24) and registered three tackles.
  • Started at Carolina (11/1) and recorded one tackle.
  • Started vs. Buffalo (12/8) and posted two tackles.
  • Started vs. San Francisco (12/15) and notched three tackles.
  • Started and recorded one tackle at New Orleans (12/29).

 

COLLEGE

  • Started all 38 games he played in at Illinois, totaling 186 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 26 quarterback pressures.
  • Entered the NFL Draft after his junior season
  • Posted career bests in tackles (72) and tackles for loss (7.0) as a junior.
  • Earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from Phil Steele in 2012.
  • A member of the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy watch lists as a junior.
  • A first-team All-Big Ten selection by The NFL Draft Report following his sophomore season.
  • Was named a Freshman All-American by College Football News, the FWAA, Phil Steele and Rivals.com
  • Majored in communications.

 

PERSONAL

  • Attended Fort Walton Beach High School (Fort Walton, Florida).
  • Selected to play in the Florida All-Star Game following his senior season.
  • Ranked as the 34th best defensive tackle in the country, according to ESPN.
  • Earneed Class 4A All-District II accolades in 2008, helping lead his team to a 10-2 record and a division championship, recording 80 tackles and five sacks.
  • Earned All-District II honors in 2007, totaling 67 tackles with 2.0 sacks.
  • 2009 Florida High School Athletics Association Boys Weightlifting Champion, Heavyweight division.
  • Also lettered in track, performing in the discus and shot put.
  • Son of Karen and Floyd Spence.
  • Born Akeem Spence on November 29, 1991, in Fort Walton, Florida.

 

COMMUNITY

  • Along with the defensive line, purchased toys and hosted a surprise shopping spree for underprivileged families in the “D-Line Does Christmas” event in December 2013.
  • Paired up with United Way volunteers and students to install a “Learning Garden” at Edison Elementary in October 2013.
  • As part of the 2013 Buccaneers Rookie Club, took part in a variety of community service events, including: visiting patients at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Tampa; hosting an ice cream social for military veterans at James Haley VA Hospital; participating in a teambuilding scavenger hunt with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa at Busch Gardens; hosting a bowling outing with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Tampa Bay; challenging youths from the Central City YMCA in games at a local arcade; visiting local servicemen and servicewomen at MacDill Air Force Base; hosting a “Salute to Service” Barbecue with USAA at U.S. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg; greeting veterans at Bay Pines VA Hospital; visiting young patients over the holidays at All Children’s Hospital; and singing Christmas carols to residents at Westminster Palms Retirement Home.
 

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