PLAYER
Akeem Spence
DT #97
Height:
6-1
Weight:
307
Age:
25
College:
Illinois
Hometown:
Navarre, FL
Experience:
5

Quick Stats (2017):

TCKL
12
SCK
1.0
FF
1
INT
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 108 68 40 6.5 0 0 0 0 -- 0 0 1 3
2017 DET 6 1 12 4 8 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2016 TB 16 4 19 10 9 0.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
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
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 ARI W 35-23 2 1 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 @NYG W 24-10 1 0 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 ATL L 26-30 -- 0 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
4 @MIN W 14-7 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
5 CAR L 24-27 3 2 1 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
6 @NO L 38-52 6 1 5 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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Biography

Signed with the Lions after spending four seasons in Tampa Bay (2013-16). Entered the League as a fourth-round pick (100th overall) and provided steady depth along the Buccaneers defensive line. Played in 56 games (30 starts) for Tampa Bay. Posted 96 tackles, including nine tackles-for-loss in his first four seasons.

TRANSACTIONS

  • Signed by the Detroit Lions as an unrestricted free agent on March 9, 2017.
  • Placed on Reserve/Injured on December 26, 2015.
  • Activated from Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform on October 24, 2015.
  • Placed on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform on September 1, 2015.
  • Drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth round (100th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.

PRO

Signed with the Lions after spending four seasons in Tampa Bay (2013-16). Entered the League as a fourth-round pick (100th overall) and provided steady depth along the Buccaneers defensive line. Played in 56 games (30 starts) for Tampa Bay. Posted 96 tackles, including nine tackles-for-loss in his first four seasons.

2016: Appeared in all 16 games and registered 19 tackles.

  • Posted a season-high five tackles in Week 4 against the Broncos.

2015: Played in eight games (seven starts) and finished with 11 tackles and one sack.

2014: Recorded career-highs with 37 total tackles, three sacks and two fumble recoveries. Played in all 16 games and started the last five weeks on the interior defensive line.

  • Posted four total tackles, one sack and two tackles-for-loss in Week 9 at Cleveland (11/2).
  • Finished with three tackles and one fumble recovery in Week 15 at Carolina.

2013: Played in all 16 games (14 starts) as a rookie and finished with 29 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery.

  • Recorded a season-high four tackles and one sack in Week 3 at New England (9/22).

COLLEGE
Started all 38 games as an interior force on the Fighting Illini defensive line before entering the NFL Draft following his junior season. Totaled 186 tackles, 175, tackles-for-loss, 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

  • A member of the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy watch lists as a junior.
  • Teammates with Lions S Tavon Wilson from 2009-11 at Illinois.
  • Majored in communications.

PERSONAL
Attended Fort Walton Beach High School (Fort Walton, Fla.).

  • 2009 Florida High School Athletics Association Boys Weightlifting Champion, Heavyweight division.
  • Son of Karen and Floyd Spence.

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