We’ve all seen the incredible touchdown pass, which can be seen above, that may be what kept Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl. But the pass didn’t come from talk-of-the-town quarterback Cardale Jones. It came from wide receiver Evan Spencer on a trick play.
Here’s what you should know about him:
1. Spencer is a Senior in His Fourth Season
Spenser joined the Buckeyes in 2011, where he played ten games as a true freshman. In his four year career, he has 572 yards and seven touchdowns from 51 receptions. This season, he has 142 yards and three touchdowns from 14 receptions.
2. His First Career Reception Was Considered for National Play of the Week
According to his Ohio State profile, his first career reception, which can be seen above, was considered for National Play of the Week. The catch was a one-handed grab inside the 5-yard line.
3. Spencer’s Father Also Played for Ohio State
Spencer’s father, Tim Spencer, is currently third on OSU’s rushing list with 3,553 yards in his college career. In 1982, Tim was named the team’s MVP. In 1985, he began his five year career with the San Diego Chargers. He currently works with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a running backs coach.
4. Spencer is From Ohio
Spencer went to high school in Vernon Hills, Ill., and attending Vernon Hills High School, but he is originally from Ohio. As a senior, he was named all-Illinois and helped lead his team to a state quarterfinals appearance.
5. Spencer is Looking to Make His Own Identity
Spencer has said that, while his football and Ohio State connections originate from his father, he is looking to make a name for himself in the sport, according to an Ohio State article.
” ‘Family is obviously a huge motivator for me,’ Spencer said. ‘My dad went to
school and coached here, my brother is working in the NFL and my dad is coaching
in that NFL. Now, it’s time for me to be my own shining light for our family.’ “