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Richard Spencer
24  Richard Spencer

Class:
Graduated

Hometown:
Moreno Valley, Calif.

High School:
Rancho Verde HS

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 215

Position:
DB

Experience:
3L

2012 (SENIOR): Started the first four games of the year before sustaining a season-ending knee injury at Wisconsin ... was leading the team in both solo (21) and overall tackles (36) prior to getting hurt ... blocked a punt against Oklahoma while also recording a pass break-up ... had an interception in the win against rival NM State ... recovered two fumbles for 11 yards while also forcing a fumble at Ole Miss and Wisconsin ... forced Heisman hopeful Montee Ball's first career fumble to halt the opening drive by the Badgers.

2011 (JUNIOR): Appeared in 12 games for the Miners, making four starts at nickelback ... registered 47 stops (31 solo, 16 unassisted) ... 39 of his 47 tackles came against league opponents ... had five contests with five or more takedowns ... also registered 3.5 tackles for losses for a total of 19 yards ... posted two sacks for a loss of 15 yards ... also had a forced fumble, an interception and a pass deflection ... recorded a season-best nine tackles versus Southern Miss ... posted a pair of seven tackle games (Rice and East Carolina) ... had four contests with five or more solo stops, including six at Rice.

2010 (SOPHOMORE): Accounted for 29 tackles and three pass break-ups while playing in every game ... started at SAM linebacker versus Tulane and free safety against SMU ... picked up his season-best six tackles, along with a forced fumble, at UAB ... recorded four stops in three of the last four games (SMU, Arkansas, Tulsa) ... deflected a couple of pass attempts versus the Golden Hurricane.

2009 (FRESHMAN): Appeared in nine games and collected 11 tackles and a pass break-up ... registered his season-high four stops, along with a deflected pass, against Marshall ... recorded two tackles versus NM State and Rice.

PRIOR TO UTEP: Tabbed the no. 35 safety in the land by ESPN.com and no. 50/three star recruit according to Rivals.com ...a Rivals.com California Postseason Top 100 player, ranking 87th ... tabbed to the All-CIF Southern Section Inland Division Team as a senior ... two-time All-Inland Valley League selection, grabbing first team accolades in 2008 and second team honors in 2007 ... member of the 2008 Riverside County All-Star Team ... posted 82 tackles and six interceptions as a senior, following 43 stops and four picks as a junior ... had three returns for scores in 2008 ... named Rancho Verde High's defensive MVP following his senior campaign.

PERSONAL: Full name is Richard Mark'ee Spencer ... mother is Lillie Spencer ... has two brothers and one sister ... born 12/1/91 (Riverside, Calif.) ... Business major.

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