2010: Started all 14 games at tailback for the Huskies. Led the MAC and ranked 20th nationally in rushing yards with 1,388. Averaged 99.1 yards per game. Led the league and tied for fourth nationally in scoring with 132 points, an average of 9.4 per game. Led the Football Bowl Subdivision with 22 rushing touchdowns to break the NIU single season record. His 132 points is the most points ever scored in a season at NIU. Won the 2010 Vern Smith Leadership Award as the most valuable player in the Mid-American Conference as voted on by league coaches. Also named the MAC Offensive Player of the Year. A consensus first-team All-MAC selection and was also named the MAC MVP and Offensive Player of the Year by rivals.com. Recorded six 100-yard rushing games and scored at least one rushing touchdown in 11 straight games. Eight of his runs went for 25 yards or longer with the longest a 79-yard effort versus North Dakota (9-11). Finished the North Dakota game with 140 yards on 21 carries. Named Football Bowl Subdivision National Offensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation and MAC West Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for a career-high 223 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries at Minnesota (9-25). Rushed for 80 yards on 17 carries and added 14 yards on three receptions in the season opener at Iowa State (9-2). Earned NIU's Co-Big Hit of the week after rushing 24 times for 100 yards against Temple (10-9), beginning a string of four straight 100-yard performances. Posted a career-high in carries with 31 for 111 yards and scored two touchdowns versus Buffalo (10-16). Totaled 101 yards on 23 carries with three rushing scores. Recorded his sixth 100-yard game of the season and 10th of his career versus Western Michigan (10-30). Tallied a career-best three rushing touchdowns against both Toledo (11-9) and Ball State (11-20). Rushed for 88 yards on seven carries and scored two touchdowns, while playing only the first half at Eastern Michigan (11-26). Finished the season rushing for 95 yards and two scores on 15 carries against Fresno State in the 2010 Humanitarian Bowl (12-18).
2009: Played in all 13 games with starts against Western Michigan (10-3), Ball State (11-12), Central Michigan (11-27) and South Florida (1-3). Earned consecutive first team All-MAC accolades after rushing for a career-high 1,038 yards on 179 carries. Scored his 19th rushing touchdown of the season on a six-yard run at Central Michigan (11-27) to tie NIU's single season record for rushing scores. Posted his eighth multi-touchdown game of the season with two one-yard runs at Ohio (11-21). Ranked second in the MAC and tied for 12th in the nation in scoring with 120 points, as he averaged 9.2 points per game with 20 touchdowns. Ranked fourth in the league in rushing, with 79.8 yards a game and 5.8 yards a carry. Led the Huskies in both scoring and rushing. Led NIU in all-purpose yards, woith1,160, averaging 89.2 yards per game. Totaled 122 receiving yards on 10 catches, while catching passes in six games. In three-game stretch against Miami, Akron and EMU, rushed for over 100 yards in each game to average a 151.67 rushing yards a game. Totaled 455 yards on 53 carries and six touchdowns, averaging 8.59 yards per carry in the three game stretch. Earned his second MAC West Offensive Player of the Week honor in as many weeks after rushing for a career-high 174 yards on 11 carries with two touchdowns against Eastern Michigan (11-5). Scored on his first two touches versus EMU on career-long runs of 79 and 65 yards. Named MAC West Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 125 yards on 21 carries and scoring two rushing TDs versus Akron (10-31). Scored on carries of one and two yards against Wisconsin (9-5), sparking a 14-point comeback by NIU, while catching two passes for 30 yards in the contest. Carried the ball for a seven-yard touchdown, and added a three-yard touchdown in the opening quarter against Western Illinois (9-12). Scored his lone receiving touchdown of the year on a 20-yard catch against the Leathernecks. Led the Huskies with two touchdowns against Purdue (9-19), including a one-yard carry in the second and an top all-purpose day of 109 11-yard run in the third quarter. Ran the ball 22 times for 132 yards against Western Michigan (10-3), rushing for three touchdowns in the game. Ran for touchdowns of one-yard, 20 and five against the Broncos. Rushed for 156 yards against Miami (10-24), including touchdown runs of 40 and 42 yards. Had 11 carries for 63 yards against Ball State (11-12), with a six-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Carried the ball 93 yards on 20 catches and added three catches for 30 yards to total 123 yards of offense against South Florida in the International Bowl(1-3).
2008: Played in all 13 games with starts against Ball State (11-5) and in the Independence Bowl against Louisiana Tech (12-28). Ranked second on the team in scoring with 48 points on eight rushing touchdowns. One of four Huskies to rush for over 400 yards, totaling 429 on 88 carries. Posted the top Huskie rushing average (min. 20 attempts) at 4.9 yards per carry. Caught four passes for 31 yards. Had his best game of the year against Toledo (10-18), setting season-highmarks for carries (15), yards (82) and touchdowns (2). Scored the opening touchdown against the Rockets on a 12-yard burst in the first quarter, and added a second touchdown on a two-yard rush in the second. Carried the ball three times for 73 yards against Indiana State (10-20), including a career-long 55-yard sprint for a touchdown. Scored on carries of one and three yards in the Central Michigan game (11-12), helping the Huskies come back from 24 points down to send the game to overtime.Caught a pass for a career-long 10-yard gain versus the Chippewas. Ran the ball 14 times for 79 yards against Louisiana Tech, including a 27-yarder, his second-longest rush of the year. Made two receptions for 15 yards against the Bulldogs. Totaled four tackles, two solo, as a member of the Huskie kickoff coverage unit.
2007: Appeared in 10 games as a reserve tailback. Missed the final twogames of the season after suffering a knee injury in the win over Kent State (11-10). Carried the ball 11 times for 61 yards on the year to rank fourth among running backs. Rushed for a season-high 32 yards on six tries vs. Southern Illinois (9-8). Totaled 23 yards on three attempts vs. Eastern Michigan (9-15), including a season-long 14-yard burst. Had two carries for six yards at Idaho (9-22). Performed on special teams, where he recorded five tackles and was in on a tackle for loss. Credited with three stops in his collegiate debut vs. Iowa (9-1). Came to NIU as a walk-on and earned a scholarship.
High School: A first team all-state selection as a senior after earning second team honors his junior year. Named to the Bloomington Herald Top 33 All-State team and the Indiana Football Coaches Association Top 50 All-State team after his senior season. A first team all-area and all-conference choice as a senior and was a second team all-conference selection his junior year. Set school records with 1,935 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns while averaging 8.8 yards per carry during his senior season. Owns school career record for rushing touchdowns with 34 and totaled 3,522 rushing yards during his prep career. Set school marks for most rushing yards in a game (318) and most touchdowns in a game (5) during his senior year. Selected as captain and MVP for the Indiana South All-Star team. Totaled 1,187 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior and rushed for 400 yards as a sophomore. Also competed in track and set a school record for the indoor long jump with a mark of 22.8 feet. A three-time state qualifier in the long jump and qualified for the outdoor 200m as a senior. Earned track team's MVP and top scorer honors during his senior year.
Personal: Born Aug. 8, 1988 in Indianapolis, Ind. Son of Wanda Spann-Roddy and George Roddy III. Majoring in English. Plays the tenor saxophone. Admires Barry Sanders and Bob Sanders.
SPANN'S CAREER STATISTICS
SPANN'S CAREER GAME HIGHS Rushing Attempts: 31, vs. Buffalo, 10-16-10 Rushing Yards: 223, at Minnesota, 9-25-10 Long: 79, twice, vs. North Dakota, 9-11-10 Rushing Touchdowns: 3, four times, last vs at Ball State, 11-20-10 Receptions: 3, four times, last vs. North Dakota, 9-11-10 Receiving Yards: 32, vs. Idaho, 9-26-09