Over the past two weeks, NIUHuskies.com has previewed every position on the 2013 Northern Illinois football team, continuing today with the Huskie running backs. In addition, sign up for Huskies All-Access to see a video breakdown of every position with interviews and practice highlights. The video will be available within 24 hours after the article is posted. Friday's position group: defensive line.
2013: Appeared in 10 games, starting two...Fourth on the team in rushing with 170 yards on 27 carries (6.2 ypc) including three touchdowns...Also fourth in both receptions (13) and receiving yards (157) on the year...Set career highs in catches (5) and receiving yards (63) in the MAC Championship game (12-6)...Carried the ball four times for 34 yards against Western Michigan (11-26)...Ran for a 32 yards and a career-high two touchdowns at Toledo (11-20)...Hauled in two receptions for 24 yards and rushed for 14 yards on three carries against Ball State (11-13)...Caught two passes for a career-high 46 yards against Eastern Michigan (10-26)...Carried the ball six times for a career-high 43 yards and a touchdown at Kent St. (10-5)...Also caught two passes for 18 yards and one touchdown at Kent St. (10-5)...Rushed for 31 yards on six carries in a win at Purdue (9-28).
2012: Played in six games at running back and on special teams. Registered two carries for 30 yards against UMass (11-3). Posted a career-long 14-yard carry against the Minutemen. Named the Special Teams Scout Player of the Week following the Iowa (9-1) game. Earned Co-Offensive Scout Team Player of the Week honors after the UT Martin (9-8) contest.
2011: Saw action in six games during the season on special teams and at tailback. Named NIU's Offensive Work Team Player of the Year by the Huskie coaching staff. Played on the kickoff team and recorded two carries for seven yards at running back. Gained five yards against Kent State (10-8) on his first career attempt. Carried the ball once for two yards at Bowling Green (11-8). Named Offensive Work Team Player of the Week versus Central Michigan (10-1). Took Defensive Work Team Player of the Week honors against Buffalo (10-22) and Bowling Green (11-8).
2010: Redshirted his first season at NIU.
High School: Won three varsity letters as a running back at Ross High School in Fremont, Ohio. Earned third-team All-Ohio honors as a senior when he was also an all-region choice. Gained 930 yards in seven games as a senior, when he also served as team captain. Two-time all-conference honoree following his junior and senior seasons and was named team MVP as a junior after rushing for 1,330 yards and scoring 17 touchdowns in nine games. His team posted an 8-3 record his sophomore season and won seven of 10 games his junior year.
Personal: Son of Leta Hotz and Eckford Spencer. Born March 6, 1992. Communications/media studies major.
SPENCER'S CAREER GAME HIGHS Rushing Yards: 43, at Kent St., 10-5-13 Receiving Yards: 63, at MAC Championship, 12-6-13 Touchdowns: 2, at Toledo, 11-20-13 Receptions: 5, at MAC Championship, 12-6-13