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  Spencer Tatum

Spencer Tatum

Player Profile

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Lafayette, La.

High School:
St. Thomas More (Fork Union MA)

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 220

Position:
OLB

Experience:
3L

2005: Saw action in nine games ... Playing time was limited due to a hip injury ... Finished the season with nine tackles.

2004: Played in all 11 games, starting six of final seven games at inside linebacker ... Recorded five tackles vs. Kentucky ... Registered seven stops vs. Toledo ... Credited with three stops vs. Kent State ... Made three tackles at Central Florida, including a sack ... Recorded four stops and a sack in the season finale against Akron.

2003: Played in the season opener before undergoing hip surgery to repair a torn labrum ... Had one assist against Southeast Missouri State.

2002: Stepped into the opening lineup during his freshman season after an injury to Ricky Cherry ... Played in all 12 games, starting 10 ... Tied for sixth on the team with 41 tackles (12 solo) ... Credited with at least one stop in every game after the opener ... Season best was eight at Miami ... Had five stops each on four other occasions ... Made single tackles behind the line of scrimmage against Buffalo and at Miami ... Recovered a fumble against Akron ... Was one of just over 300 student-athletes nationwide selected to participate in the prestigious NCAA Leadership Council in May.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy in 2001, starting at running back and outside linebacker ... Rushed for 890 yards and 10 touchdowns while also making 65 tackles ... Saw limited action his senior year of high school while recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament ... St. Thomas More High School's leading rusher and tackler as a junior, earning all-district and All-Academic honors ... Ran the 100 meters in 10.7 seconds.

PERSONAL: An exercise physiology major ... Son of Coy and Jerri Tatum ... Brother, Dustin, is also on the team ... Born on March 17, 1983.