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Nelson Spruce, WR

School: Colorado  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Westlake Village, CA
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 205 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: He uses deceptive quickness off of the ball to escape press coverage and incorporates body lean, varied gaits and an occasional push-off to gain separation from more athletic pass defenders. Spruce has good hand-eye coordination and soft mitts to pluck the football and secure it quickly.

Effectively uses a jab-step to force opponents to commit to one direction before turning the other way, scrambling for extra yardage. He shows good vision to set up blocks and isn't afraid to turn things upfield into traffic rather than attempting to circle around defenders.

WEAKNESSES: He doesn't have ideal acceleration to make defenders miss.

IN OUR VIEW: Spruce lacks former teammate Paul Richardson's straight-line speed but could draw the interest of scouts because of his savvy route-running, reliable hands and experience as a punt returner.

--Rob Rang (7/28/15)

Player Overview

Spruce toiled in relative obscurity while the speedster Paul Richardson starred for the Buffs but exploded a year ago in the vacuum left when his former teammate was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks, setting school records with 106 grabs and 12 touchdowns along with 1,198 receiving yards to earn Second Team All-Pac-12 honors.

The lanky pass-catcher has proven to be the picture of reliability for the Buffs, catching passes in 25 consecutive games entering his senior season.

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Player News
01/14/2015 - Colorado football fans didn't exactly spend the semester break losing sleep over whether wide receiver Nelson Spruce would return for his senior season because the record-breaking pass catcher always said it was his intention to play another year in Boulder. But Spruce also made it clear he planned to explore his options including what kind of evaluation the NFL Draft Advisory Board would give him. Spruce informed head coach Mike MacIntyre a week ago that he is definitely returning to the program for his senior year, in which he will likely set new career school records in every major receiving category.

Spruce caught 106 passes for 1,198 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014, becoming the first CU receiver to catch 100 passes in a season. His 106 receptions are the fourth highest total by a Pac-12 Conference receiver in history. Spruce will enter his senior year with 206 catches, nine behind Scotty McKnight's career record of 215. Spruce has 2,294 receiving yards in his career and needs just 255 to own that career mark. He has 19 touchdown catches in his career, three short of McKnight's career record of 22. - Kyle Ringo, BuffZone.com



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