Spence has been a constant force on the defensive line throughout his UI career, starting all 38 games over the last three seasons.
A stout run defender, Spence finished third on the team in tackles (72) this past season, earning All-Big Ten Honorable Mention honors. He also finished with 7.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack and a forced fumble.
Played and started all 13 games on the season ... Fourth on the team with 69 tackles on the season, including 5.5 TFLs and 1.5 sacks ... Notched two tackles and a half-sack in Illinois' win over UCLA in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl ... Recorded seven tackles against Minnesota ... Tied career high with nine tackles and a half-TFL against Michigan ... Recorded six tackles and one TFL at Penn State ... Posted eight tackles, one TFL and forced and recovered a fumble at Purdue ... Recorded five tackles, one TFL and a half-sack against Ohio State ... Posted a career-high nine tackles in win over Northwestern ... Posted four tackles, including a half-TFL and half-sack, against Arizona State ... Notched three tackles, including a TFL and a QB hurry, in win over South Dakota State.
RS Freshman: First-team Freshman All-American by Phil Steele and Rivals.com and second-team Freshman All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com ... Named to the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-America Team ... Started all 13 games at defensive tackle alongside All-American Corey Liuget ... Shared team's Most Improved Award with Jarred Fayson ... Had 45 tackles, 4.0 TFLs, 1.0 sacks, two hurries and one fumble recovery on the season ... Recorded his first career fumble recovery in Texas Bowl win over Baylor ... Had three tackles and one QB hurry in win over Northwestern ... Recorded three tackles and one TFL against Minnesota ... Tallied six tackles, including four solos, at Michigan ... Posted a career-high eight tackles, including four solos and a half-TFL, in victory over Purdue ... Recorded three tackles, one TFL and his first career QB hurry against Michigan State ... Recorded seven tackles and a half-TFL against Ohio State ... Tallied two solo tackles, one QB sack and one TFL in win over Southern Illinois ... Started at defensive tackle in his collegiate debut against Missouri.
Freshman: Redshirted the 2009 season.
Rated the No. 34 defensive tackle nationally by ESPNU ... Recorded 80 tackles and five sacks as a senior ... Ranked the No. 88 defensive tackle by Scout.com ... Helped lead team to a 10-2 record and district championship ... Played in the Florida state all-star game ... Posted 67 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and two sacks in 2007 ... Threw shot put and discus in track ... High school coach was Mike Owens.
Son of Floyd and Karen Spence ... Born on Nov. 29, 1991 ... Majoring in communication ... Chose Illinois over Iowa State, Syracuse, N.C. State and South Florida.