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

Quick Stats (2016):

TCKL
19
SCK
0.5
FF
0
INT
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 96 64 32 5.5 0 0 0 0 -- 0 0 0 3
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

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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.

Recent Articles

Recent Videos

  • Spence on defensive line energy

    Posted Aug 19, 2017

    DT Akeem Spence talks about how he feeds off of the entire defensive line, so it's important to have energy on the defense.

  • Spence on d-line depth

    Posted Aug 14, 2017

    DL Akeem Spence talks about the defensive line having players who can step up.

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