After not seeing playing time as a freshman, he started every game as a sophomore and a junior, earning Second Team All-American honors in 2012.
Long ranked third on the team in career starts when he suffered a season-ending knee injury last October.
He is a nasty mauler with aggressive hands and is the type of blocker who fights through the echo of the whistle and grinds on every snap. Long shows good quickness off the snap, can get to the second level and wastes little time attacking, but has stiff hips and lacks ideal flexibility when he gets out in space. Although he's not shy about engaging and getting feisty with his limbs, Long needs to do a better job staying balanced and latching on to control defenders. He isn't a household name, even in Big Ten country, but he might be the best interior blocker out of the Big Ten.
05/11/2014 - A closer look at the Redskins' picks: Round 3/78 -- Spencer Long, G, 6-5, 320, Nebraska...More tough than quick, Long saw action at all three interior spots in college with the most time at right guard. Battled knee injuries the past two seasons. Could challenge to start at center or guard in 2015. - The Sports Xchange