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Sean Spence

position

LB

Height

6-0

Weight

207 lbs.

Class

Freshman

Hometown

Miami

High School

Northwestern

Sean Spence - Football - University of Miami Athletics

2011 (SENIOR): Played and started in eleven games on the season after missing the season opener … Team captain…Led the team and tied for fifth in the ACC with 106 tackles … Finished his career with 47 tackles for loss, which ranked second among active NCAA players, including 14.0 in 2011 … Earned ACC Linebacker of the Week honors three times during the season … Named a semifinalist for the Butkus Award, given to the nation’s top linebacker … Recorded a season-high 14 tackles three times—against Kansas State, North Carolina and Boston College … Led the team with 10 tackles against then-No. 20 Georgia Tech … Recorded 13 tackles and two tackles for loss against then-No. 21 Virginia Tech … Named to the All-ACC First Team…Four-year letterwinner.

2010 (JUNIOR): One of seven Hurricanes to start all 13 games … Second on the team and fifth in the ACC with 111 tackles … Had a team leading 16 tackles for loss, fourth most in the conference… Recorded a season-high 14 tackles against Clemson, with a fumble forced and 1.5 tackles for loss … Recorded a season-high three tackles for loss against Georgia Tech … Named the team’s co-MVP at the Canes annual awards banquet … Named second team All-ACC.

2009 (SOPHOMORE): Missed three games late in the season with an injury … Despite playing in only 10 games on defense, ranked fifth on the team with 6.5 tackles for a loss … Recorded 36 total tackles (19 solo, 17 assists) on the year … Tallied a team-high 10 total tackles (five solo, five assists) in win over then-No. 8 Oklahoma … All three of his sacks came on the road in the state of Florida … Had seven total tackles, two sacks and a pass break up against UCF in Orlando … Tallied his third sack of the season at USF in the regular season finale … Averaged 7.3 tackles per game in the four games prior to suffering an injury versus Clemson (at Virginia Tech—8; vs. Oklahoma—10; vs. Florida A&M—4; at UCF—7).

2008 (FRESHMAN): Named the 2008 ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year … Named First-Team Freshman All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com and Rivals.com while earning Second-Team Freshman All-America honors from Phil Steele and The Sporting News … Third on the team with 65 total tackles and led all Miami linebackers with 9.5 tackles for loss … Started nine of the 13 games he played in making first career start against Florida State … Returned his first career interception for a touchdown against Florida State … Forced a fumble in the final minutes of regulation at Virginia which helped the Hurricanes to an overtime win … Posted a career-high 10 tackles against Florida State and had five or more tackles in eight games … Registered first career sack against 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow at Florida.

HIGH SCHOOL: Played for the 2007 consensus national championship team as chosen by USA Today and Sports Illustrated … As a senior in 2007, made more than 100 tackles, with three sacks, two interceptions (one for a touchdown) … As a junior in 2006, made 147 tackles, 10 for losses, with two interceptions (one for a touchdown) and three sacks … Played in the inaugural Under-Armour All-Star game … Coached by Billy Rolle … Ranked as the No. 24 player in Florida, the No. 133 player in the nation and the No. 13 outside linebacker by Rivals.com … Rated the No. 5 weakside linebacker, the No. 18 player in Florida and the No. 81 player in the nation by Scout.com … Ranked the No. 2 outside linebacker and the No. 21 player in the country by ESPN … Chosen as a Prep-Star All-American … Named All-State by the Florida Sportswriters Association … Ranked No. 6 on the Miami Herald South Florida Top 25 … Selected to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 team.