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Anthony Spencer
DE #93
Height:
6-3
Weight:
262
Age:
30
College:
Purdue
Experience:
8

Quick Stats (2013):

TCKL
2
SCK
0.0
FF
0
INT
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 363 260 103 32.5 0 13 1 -3 -- 0 0 12 5
2013 DAL 1 0 2 2 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2012 DAL 14 14 95 55 40 11.0 -- 3 -- -- -- -- -- 2 1
2011 DAL 16 15 66 51 15 6.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 4 --
2010 DAL 16 16 63 52 11 5.0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 2 1
2009 DAL 16 16 67 50 17 6.0 -- 7 1 -3 -3 -3 0 2 2
2008 DAL 12 0 34 22 12 1.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 1
2007 DAL 16 6 36 28 8 3.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 2 --
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 NYG W 36-31 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2 @KC L 16-17 2 2 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 STL W 31-7 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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PRO: Now entering his sixth pro season and fourth overall as a starter, Anthony Spencer will look to elevate his production at outside linebacker while combining with perennial All-Pro DeMarcus Ware to give the team a feared outside linebacker duo. Spencer took over the starting role in 2009 with the departure of Greg Ellis via free agency. In his first season as a starter, Spencer started all 16 regular season games and both playoff games to finish with then career-highs in tackles (98 – third on the team), sacks (6.0 – tied for second), pressures (36 – second on the team) and tackles for losses (nine - team-best) to go along with his first career interception. He once again started all 16 games in 2010 and set a career-high in tackles with 105, while finishing second to Pro Bowler Ware in sacks (5.0) and pressures (14) and tying for the team lead with two forced fumbles. Spencer was a solid choice as the 26th pick in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft and played in all 16 games with six starts as a rookie. He saw time in 12 games in his second season, missing time due to injury. Although his first season as the full-time starter got off to a slow start in terms of sacks, Spencer proved he is a pressure player, racking up 19 quarterback hurries before notching his first two sacks of the season in Week 10. Spencer finished 2011 fourth on the team with 74 tackles while finishing second with 6.0 sacks, first with four forced fumbles and second with 31 pressures. He is strong enough to bull rush opposing linemen, fast enough to offer a change of pace and provides the Cowboys with another pass rushing threat opposite Ware.

PRO: Now entering his sixth pro season and fourth overall as a starter, Anthony Spencer will look to elevate his production at outside linebacker while combining with perennial All-Pro DeMarcus Ware to give the team a feared outside linebacker duo. Spencer took over the starting role in 2009 with the departure of Greg Ellis via free agency. In his first season as a starter, Spencer started all 16 regular season games and both playoff games to finish with then career-highs in tackles (98 – third on the team), sacks (6.0 – tied for second), pressures (36 – second on the team) and tackles for losses (nine - team-best) to go along with his first career interception. He once again started all 16 games in 2010 and set a career-high in tackles with 105, while finishing second to Pro Bowler Ware in sacks (5.0) and pressures (14) and tying for the team lead with two forced fumbles. Spencer was a solid choice as the 26th pick in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft and played in all 16 games with six starts as a rookie. He saw time in 12 games in his second season, missing time due to injury. Although his first season as the full-time starter got off to a slow start in terms of sacks, Spencer proved he is a pressure player, racking up 19 quarterback hurries before notching his first two sacks of the season in Week 10. Spencer finished 2011 fourth on the team with 74 tackles while finishing second with 6.0 sacks, first with four forced fumbles and second with 31 pressures. He is strong enough to bull rush opposing linemen, fast enough to offer a change of pace and provides the Cowboys with another pass rushing threat opposite Ware.

 

TRANSACTION SUMMARY:

4/23/12: Signed franchise tender.

4/28/07: Drafted in the first-round (26th overall) by Dallas. 

 

2011:

• Finished fourth on the team with 74 tackles, second with six sacks, tied for first with eight tackles for losses, first with four forced fumbles and second with 31 pressures, starting 15 of the 16 games he played.

• Had three tackles, two pressures, a forced fumble and a sack in the season opener at the N.Y. Jets (9/11).

• In the overtime win at San Francisco (9/18), notched five tackles, one for a loss and a sack. It was the second time in his career he had a sack in consecutive games.

• Finished the home-opening win over Washington (9/26) with four tackles, a pressure and sack/forced fumble on the Redskins final attempt to win the game. The fumble was recovered by Sean Lee to seal the win. Spencer’s sack gave him four straight games with a sack – the longest streak of his career.

• Added five tackles, one for a loss and two breakups against Detroit (10/2), then a season-best seven tackles along with two pressures and a breakup at New England (10/16).

• Had five tackles, a sack and a season-best four pressures while blocking his first career field goal against Seattle (11/6).

• Notched four tackles, one for a loss and a pressure in the overtime win at Washington (11/20).

• Tied for the team lead with a season-best eight tackles with a sack, two tackles for losses, a pressure and a deflection in the Thanksgiving Day win over Miami (11/24).

• Had five tackles, one for a loss, a pressure and a sack in the overtime loss at Arizona (12/4).

• Tied for second on the team with five tackles and forced a first quarter fumble that was recovered by Bradie James, leading to Dallas’ first touchdown in the win at Tampa Bay (12/17).

• Tied for the team lead against Philadelphia (12/24) with six tackles and led the squad with two tackles for losses.

 

2010:

• Started all 16 games for the second time in his career and finished with a career-high 105 tackles (fourth on the team), 5.0 sacks (second), 14 pressures (second), one tackle for loss, two pass breakups, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

• Recorded three tackles and one pressure at Washington (9/12) as the defense held the Redskins offense without a touchdown for the third consecutive game.

• Tied for third on the team with seven tackles and recorded his first sack against Chicago (9/19) while helping hold the Bears offense to one-of-11 on third down (9.1%) – the lowest since the defense held the N.Y. Giants to one-of-11 (10/16/05 – OT).

• Recorded six tackles, two pressures and a forced fumble that was recovered by Terence Newman leading to a field goal at Houston (9/26).

• Had nine tackles against the N.Y. Giants (10/25).

• Notched six tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack and two pressures against Jacksonville (10/31).

• Posted a season-high 10 tackles – third on the team – and added one pressure at Green Bay (11/7).

• Added eight tackles and recovered a fumble at the N.Y. Giants (11/14).

• Recorded eight tackles and one pressure against Detroit (11/21).

• Tied for the team lead with eight tackles and added one pass breakup at Arizona (12/25) as the defense held the Cardinals to just two-of-11 (18.2%) on third downs. 

• Finished with seven tackles, one pressure, one forced fumble and two sacks to tie his single-game career-high and give him his fourth career multi-sack game, at Philadelphia (1/2/11).

 

 

2009:

• Started all 16 games for the first time in his career and had then career-highs in tackles (98 – third on the team), sacks (6.0 – third on the team), pressures (36 – second on the team) and a team-best nine tackles for losses.

• In the season-opening win at Tampa Bay (9/13), had five tackles and a pressure before notching four tackles, a pass breakup and two tackles for loss in the Cowboys Stadium opener against the N.Y. Giants (9/20).

• Had four tackles, two pressures and a break up against Carolina (9/28) – Dallas’ first win at Cowboys Stadium.

• In the overtime win at Kansas City (10/11), had five tackles, two tackles for losses and three pressures.

• Tied for third on the team with eight tackles with one pressure against Atlanta (10/25).

• In the win against Seattle (11/1), was in on three tackles with four pressures and two breakups.

• Tallied a career-best 10 tackles with two for losses and a pressure at Green Bay (11/15).

• Added nine tackles, two pressures, two breakups and the first interception of his career to help preserve the win against Washington (11/22).

• Tied for second on the team with a career-high tying 10 tackles while leading the defense with 2.0 sacks – his first career multiple-sack game and his first sacks of the season – in the Thanksgiving Day win over Oakland (11/26).

• Led the team with two tackles behind the line of scrimmage and a career-best five pressures with a forced fumble and six tackles at the N.Y. Giants (12/6).

• Had eight tackles and four pressures against San Diego (12/13) before tacking on seven tackles, 1.5 sacks, three pressures, a breakup and a fumble recovery at previously undefeated New Orleans (12/19).

• Had five tackles and half a sack as Dallas clinched a playoff berth in the shutout win at Washington (12/27).

• Had five tackles, two sacks, two pressures and a forced fumble in the season finale against Philadelphia (1/3/10) as the Cowboys posted back-to-back shutouts for the first time in franchise history and claimed their 17th NFC East Division crown.

• In the Wild Card Playoff Game against Philadelphia (1/9/10) had three tackles, one sack, a tackle for a loss, a pass breakup and three pressures as he made his first career postseason start and Dallas claimed its first playoff win since 1996.

• Had a career-high 14 tackles with a sack, two tackles for a loss and a pressure in the Divisional Playoff loss at Minnesota (1/17/10).

 

2008:

• Played in 12 games to tally 59 tackles, 1.5 sacks, six quarterback pressures, one pass breakup and a fumble recovery.

• Also made seven special teams tackles.

• Underwent knee surgery on Aug. 20 and missed the rest of the preseason.

• Made his season debut against Philadelphia (9/15) to the tune of two tackles.

• Had his first career kickoff return for 18 yards against Washington (9/28) after recovering a pop-up kick from Shaun Suisham while also contributing two special teams tackles.

• Recorded two tackles and a fumble recovery against Cincinnati (10/5).

• At Arizona (10/12) posted three tackles before suffering a hamstring injury.

• Returned to action at the N.Y. Giants (11/2) after missing the previous two games (hamstring) and notched eight tackles and one quarterback pressure.

• Registered three tackles, one sack and a quarterback pressure against San Francisco (11/23).

• Finished with eight tackles and a half sack against the N.Y. Giants (12/14).

• Posted a season-best nine tackles and two quarterback pressures against Baltimore (12/14).

• Tied a season-high with nine tackles at Philadelphia (12/28).

 

2007:

• Started the first six games of the season to become the fourth Dallas rookie linebacker to start a season-opener (Lee Roy Jordan-1963, Robert Jones-1992, Ware-2005) and played in all 16 games at linebacker.

• Tallied 27 tackles, 3.0 sacks (tied for fourth on team), three tackles for loss and 11 special teams tackles.

• Made his NFL debut as the starter at outside linebacker in place of Ellis against the N.Y Giants (9/9) and tied for the team lead in quarterback pressures with two and added four tackles. 

• Recorded the first sack of his career along with two tackles, one tackle for a loss and one special teams stop at Chicago (9/23).

• Posted eight tackles and one tackle for a loss at Buffalo (10/8).

• Had his second sack of the year along with one tackle, one pass breakup and two stops on special teams at the N.Y. Giants (11/11).

• Against Philadelphia (12/16) recorded two tackles, a sack, one pressure, one forced fumble and two special teams tackles.

• In his postseason debut against the N.Y. Giants (1/13/08), posted one tackle and a stop on special teams.  

 

COLLEGE:

• Started 36-of-47 games at Purdue, recording 155 tackles (106 solos), two fumble recoveries, 13 pass deflections and a blocked kick. 

• Ranked fifth in school history with 21.0 sacks and seventh with 44 tackles for a loss. His 11 forced fumbles ranked second in school history. 

• Earned first-team All-American honors from The NFL Draft Report, second-team honors from Rivals.com and the Walter Camp Football Foundation, third-team honors from The Associated Press and honorable mention from Pro Football Weekly. 

• Was a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award, given to the top defensive end in the nation, and a quarterfinalist for the Lott Trophy, given to the defensive impact player of the year. 

• Defensive co-captain as a senior at strongside defensive end, ranking second on the team with a career-high 93 tackles (69 solos) and led the team with 10.5 sacks – good for seventh in school history. 

• Also added 26.5 tackles for a loss, which ranked first in the Big Ten – second in the nation, second in school history and fifth in Big Ten history. Also had five quarterback pressures, one blocked kick, six pass deflections, five forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. 

• Started all 11 games at strongside defensive end as a junior and posted 23 tackles (16 solos), three sacks, 7.5 tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one pass deflection. 

• As a sophomore, was named to Ted Hendricks Award watch list and went on to earn All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention from the league’s coaches and media. Started every game at strongside defensive end and tied for the conference lead with three forced fumbles along with 33 tackles (18 solos), 7.5 sacks, 9.5 tackles for a loss and deflected six passes. 

• Appeared in 10 games as a reserve defensive end but mostly played on special teams as a redshirt freshman and finished with six tackles. Played in just one of the first four games because of a foot injury he suffered in spring camp.

 

PERSONAL:

• Was a three-year starter at nose guard and fullback at Bishop Luers High School in Fort Wayne, Ind. 

• Was a two-time all-state and three-time all-area and all-conference selection. Named the Indianapolis Star’s Defensive Lineman of the Year as a senior, when his team won the Class 2A state championship. 

• Posted 65 tackles, 24 tackles for a loss, 7.0 sacks, seven fumble recoveries and one interception. As a fullback, rushed for more than 600 yards and 13 touchdowns, averaging 9.1 yards-per-carry. Closed his career as the school’s record holder with 73 tackles for a loss and 27.0 sacks. 

• Also lettered twice in basketball. 

• Majored in African-American studies at Purdue and minored in law society.

 

COMMUNITY:

• 2007 Dallas Cowboys Rookie Club.

• 2011 participated in The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign, volunteering to ring a bell to raise donations.

• 2012 Dallas Cowboys Draft Day/Fan Appreciation Party.

• 2012 Taste of the NFL: The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party benefiting North Texas Food Bank.

• 2012 Dallas Cowboys U High School Camp.

• Annual team Holiday Hospital Visits.

• Salvation Army Angel Tree Christmas Program.

• Dallas Cowboys Kickoff Luncheon and Cowboys Family Cookbook benefitting Happy Hill Farm.

• Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas.

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