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Akeem Spence
DT #97
Height:
6-1
Weight:
307
Age:
24
College:
Illinois
Hometown:
Fort Walton, FL
Experience:
4

Quick Stats (2016 PRE):

TCKL
1
SCK
1.0
FF
0
INT
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 77 54 23 5.0 0 0 0 0 -- 0 0 0 3
2015 TB 8 7 11 8 3 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2014 TB 16 5 37 27 10 3.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 2
2013 TB 16 14 29 19 10 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 1

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Biography

ACQUIRED BY BUCS:

  • Selected in the fourth round (100th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Buccaneers.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Has played in all 32 games, with 19 starts, since being drafted in 2013.
  • For his career, owns 67 tackles, including six for loss, four sacks, and three fumble recoveries.
  • Registered first career sack when he brought down Tom Brady at New England (9/22/13).
  • Started in NFL debut, at New York Jets (9/8/13).

2014 HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Played in 16 games, with five starts, tallying 37 tackles, including four for loss, three sacks, and two fumble recoveries.
  • Played in a reserve role in season opener vs. Carolina (9/7) and recorded three tackles.
  • Played in a reserve role vs. St. Louis and registered two tackles.
  • Posted three tackles and a half-sack at Atlanta (9/18).
  • Played in a reserve role in win at Pittsburgh (9/28). Part of a defensive front that limited the Steelers, who entered the game with the NFL’s No. 1-ranked rushing attack, to 85 yards on 27 carries (3.1 avg.).
  • Notched two tackles at New Orleans (10/5).
  • Recorded two tackles vs. Minnesota (10/26).
  • Tied a career-high four tackles, set a career-high with two tackles for loss and added one sack and one quarterback hit at Cleveland (11/2).
  • Registered one tackle and one quarterback hit vs. Atlanta (11/9).
  • Recovered a fumble and recorded one tackle in win at Washington (11/16).
  • Posted one tackle at Chicago (11/23) for a defense that allowed just 204 total yards.
  • Started vs. Cincinnati (11/30), logging career-high seven tackles, including one for loss, and a half-sack.
  • Started at Detroit (12/7) and recorded four tackles.
  • Made third consecutive start and recorded three tackles and a fumble recovery, at Carolina (12/14).
  • Started vs. Green Bay (12/21), recording three tackles and one quarterback hit.
  • Started vs. New Orleans (12/28) and recorded three tackles and one sack.

COLLEGE:

  • Started all 38 games he played in at Illinois, totaling 186 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 26 quarterback pressures.
  • Entered the NFL Draft after his junior season
  • Posted career bests in tackles (72) and tackles for loss (7.0) as a junior.
  • Earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from Phil Steele in 2012.
  • A member of the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy watch lists as a junior.
  • A first-team All-Big Ten selection by The NFL Draft Report following his sophomore season.
  • Was named a Freshman All-American by College Football News, the FWAA, Phil Steele and Rivals.com
  • Majored in communications.

COMMUNITY:

  • Along with the defensive line, purchased toys and hosted a surprise shopping spree for underprivileged families in the “D-Line Does Christmas” event in December 2013 and 2014.
  • Paired up with United Way volunteers and students to install a “Learning Garden” at Edison Elementary in October 2013 and helped build an outdoor classroom at Sheehy Elementary in October 2014.
  • As part of the 2013 Buccaneers Rookie Club, took part in a variety of community service events, including: visiting patients at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Tampa; hosting an ice cream social for military veterans at James Haley VA Hospital; participating in a teambuilding scavenger hunt with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa at Busch Gardens; hosting a bowling outing with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Tampa Bay; challenging youths from the Central City YMCA in games at a local arcade; visiting local servicemen and servicewomen at MacDill Air Force Base; hosting a “Salute to Service” Barbecue with USAA at U.S. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg; greeting veterans at Bay Pines VA Hospital; visiting young patients over the holidays at All Children’s Hospital; and singing Christmas carols to residents at Westminster Palms Retirement Home.

PERSONAL:

  • Attended Fort Walton Beach High School (Fort Walton, Florida).
  • Selected to play in the Florida All-Star Game following his senior season.
  • Ranked as the 34th best defensive tackle in the country, according to ESPN.
  • Earneed Class 4A All-District II accolades in 2008, helping lead his team to a 10-2 record and a division championship, recording 80 tackles and five sacks.
  • Earned All-District II honors in 2007, totaling 67 tackles with 2.0 sacks.
  • 2009 Florida High School Athletics Association Boys Weightlifting Champion, Heavyweight division.
  • Also lettered in track, performing in the discus and shot put.
  • Son of Karen and Floyd Spence.
  • Born Akeem Spence on November 29, 1991, in Fort Walton, Florida.

 

ACQUIRED BY BUCS:

  • Selected in the fourth round (100th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Buccaneers.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Has played in all 32 games, with 19 starts, since being drafted in 2013.
  • For his career, owns 67 tackles, including six for loss, four sacks, and three fumble recoveries.
  • Registered first career sack when he brought down Tom Brady at New England (9/22/13).
  • Started in NFL debut, at New York Jets (9/8/13).

2014 HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Played in 16 games, with five starts, tallying 37 tackles, including four for loss, three sacks, and two fumble recoveries.
  • Played in a reserve role in season opener vs. Carolina (9/7) and recorded three tackles.
  • Played in a reserve role vs. St. Louis and registered two tackles.
  • Posted three tackles and a half-sack at Atlanta (9/18).
  • Played in a reserve role in win at Pittsburgh (9/28). Part of a defensive front that limited the Steelers, who entered the game with the NFL’s No. 1-ranked rushing attack, to 85 yards on 27 carries (3.1 avg.).
  • Notched two tackles at New Orleans (10/5).
  • Recorded two tackles vs. Minnesota (10/26).
  • Tied a career-high four tackles, set a career-high with two tackles for loss and added one sack and one quarterback hit at Cleveland (11/2).
  • Registered one tackle and one quarterback hit vs. Atlanta (11/9).
  • Recovered a fumble and recorded one tackle in win at Washington (11/16).
  • Posted one tackle at Chicago (11/23) for a defense that allowed just 204 total yards.
  • Started vs. Cincinnati (11/30), logging career-high seven tackles, including one for loss, and a half-sack.
  • Started at Detroit (12/7) and recorded four tackles.
  • Made third consecutive start and recorded three tackles and a fumble recovery, at Carolina (12/14).
  • Started vs. Green Bay (12/21), recording three tackles and one quarterback hit.
  • Started vs. New Orleans (12/28) and recorded three tackles and one sack.

COLLEGE:

  • Started all 38 games he played in at Illinois, totaling 186 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 26 quarterback pressures.
  • Entered the NFL Draft after his junior season
  • Posted career bests in tackles (72) and tackles for loss (7.0) as a junior.
  • Earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from Phil Steele in 2012.
  • A member of the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy watch lists as a junior.
  • A first-team All-Big Ten selection by The NFL Draft Report following his sophomore season.
  • Was named a Freshman All-American by College Football News, the FWAA, Phil Steele and Rivals.com
  • Majored in communications.

COMMUNITY:

  • Along with the defensive line, purchased toys and hosted a surprise shopping spree for underprivileged families in the “D-Line Does Christmas” event in December 2013 and 2014.
  • Paired up with United Way volunteers and students to install a “Learning Garden” at Edison Elementary in October 2013 and helped build an outdoor classroom at Sheehy Elementary in October 2014.
  • As part of the 2013 Buccaneers Rookie Club, took part in a variety of community service events, including: visiting patients at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Tampa; hosting an ice cream social for military veterans at James Haley VA Hospital; participating in a teambuilding scavenger hunt with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa at Busch Gardens; hosting a bowling outing with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Tampa Bay; challenging youths from the Central City YMCA in games at a local arcade; visiting local servicemen and servicewomen at MacDill Air Force Base; hosting a “Salute to Service” Barbecue with USAA at U.S. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg; greeting veterans at Bay Pines VA Hospital; visiting young patients over the holidays at All Children’s Hospital; and singing Christmas carols to residents at Westminster Palms Retirement Home.

PERSONAL:

  • Attended Fort Walton Beach High School (Fort Walton, Florida).
  • Selected to play in the Florida All-Star Game following his senior season.
  • Ranked as the 34th best defensive tackle in the country, according to ESPN.
  • Earneed Class 4A All-District II accolades in 2008, helping lead his team to a 10-2 record and a division championship, recording 80 tackles and five sacks.
  • Earned All-District II honors in 2007, totaling 67 tackles with 2.0 sacks.
  • 2009 Florida High School Athletics Association Boys Weightlifting Champion, Heavyweight division.
  • Also lettered in track, performing in the discus and shot put.
  • Son of Karen and Floyd Spence.
  • Born Akeem Spence on November 29, 1991, in Fort Walton, Florida.

 

 

Recent Videos

  • Spence: "We Know How to Get It Done"

    Posted Nov 4, 2015

    DT Akeem Spence talks about Kwon Alexander becoming a leader on the defense and losing DT Clinton McDonald to injury.

  • Spence on Competing

    Posted Dec 28, 2014

    DT Akeem Spence speaks to the media following loss to the New Orleans Saints about continuing to compete whatever the outcome.