Akeem Spence

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Akeem Spence
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Spence in 2014
No. 97 Detroit Lions
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-11-29) November 29, 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth: Navarre, Florida
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 307 lb (139 kg)
Career information
High school: Fort Walton Beach (FL)
College: Illinois
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 4 / Pick: 100
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 14, 2016
Total tackles: 96
Sacks: 5.5
Forced fumbles: 0
Player stats at NFL.com

Akeem Spence (born November 29, 1991) is an American football defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Illinois.

Early years[edit]

Spence was born in Navarre, Florida. He attended Fort Walton Beach High School, and played for the Fort Walton Beach Vikings high school football team. He recorded 80 tackles and five sacks as a senior and helped lead team to a 10-2 record and district championship. Posted 67 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and two sacks in 2007 as a junior. Rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, he accepted an athletic scholarship from the University of Illinois over offers from Iowa State and Syracuse.[1]

College career[edit]

While attending the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Spence played for the Illinois Fighting Illini football team from 2009 to 2012. After redshirting in 2009, he started all 13 games at defensive tackle alongside All-American Corey Liuget. He had 45 tackles, four tackles for a loss, one quarterback sacks, two hurries and one fumble recovery on the season. In 2011, he started all 13 games on the season, he finished ranked fourth on the team with 69 tackles on the season, including 5.5 tackles for a loess and 1.5 sacks. As a redshirt junior, he started all 12 games in 2012 and started all 38 games of his college career at defensive tackle. He ranked third on the team in tackles with 72 and tied for second on team with 7.0 tackles for a loss and had one sack.

Spence announced on December 19, 2012 that he would forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft.[2][3]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 12 in 307 lb 33 12 in 10 in 5.09 s 1.74 s 2.81 s 4.72 s 7.82 s 30 in 8 ft 11 in 37 reps
All values from NFL Combine[4][5]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

On April 27, 2013, Spence was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth round (100th overall pick) of the 2013 NFL Draft. The Buccaneers signed him to a rookie contract on May 15, 2013.[6] Spence signed his contract on May 15, 2013, a four-year deal that’s worth $2,644,424. Spence collected a $484,424 signing bonus.

On December 26, 2015, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed Spence on injured reserve and promoted running back Mike James to the 53-man roster.[7]

Detroit Lions[edit]

On March 10, 2017, Spence signed a three-year, $9 million contract with the Detroit Lions.[8]

Personal life[edit]

On January 14, 2014, Spence was arrested in Flomaton, Alabama on charges of misdemeanor marijuana possession.[9] He was later suspended one game by the NFL for the incident.[10]

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