Fourth-year member of the squad as a junior linebacker • after injuries early in career has bounced back to play a key role for Delaware defense the past two seasons • projected as team's No. 2 middle linebacker behind All-CAA selection Charles Bell entering the season • will also contribute heavily on special teams • has played in 22 career games and recorded 57 tackles (29 solo) • outstanding athlete who plays fast • had three tackles in the Blue-White spring game in May.
2015 SEASON (GAME BY GAME STATISTICS)
Played a key role at linebacker for Delaware defense as a sophomore • also a key special teams performer • saw action in all 11 games but did not start • made the most of his opportunities as he ranked No. 4 on the team with 49 tackles (24 solo stops) • also added 1.5 sacks for 12 yards and 5.5 tackles for losses of 24 yards (third best on team) • recorded at least two tackles in every game • registered a career-high eight stops vs. William & Mary, had seven against Towson, and contributed six each vs. Rhode Island and Albany • had sacks vs. North Carolina and Rhode Island and added two tackles for loss at Towson • part of a unit that ranked No. 5 in the Colonial Athletic Association and 24th in the NCAA in total defense (329.2) and was No. 3 in both rushing defense (123.5/17th in NCAA) and scoring defense (20.5/22nd in NCAA) • named Blue Hen Touchdown Club Defensive Player of the Week vs. Towson • had solid spring and recorded six tackles in Blue-White spring game in May.
Earned second letter for the Blue Hens as a backup linebacker and special teams contributor • saw action in 11 games and recorded first career start vs. New Hampshire in four-linebacker set • did not see action in season finale vs. Villanova • registered eight tackles (five solo) • had season-high two tackles each vs. Pitt, Towson, and William & Mary and one each vs. Colgate and Rhode Island • named Blue Hen Touchdown Club Defensive Player of the Week vs. William & Mary • enjoyed an outstanding spring and had four tackles, including one for a loss, in the Blue-White spring game.
Did not see game action as a true freshman and retained freshman eligibility.
Played at Varina High School for head coach Stu Brown • second team All-State as a senior in 2012 • district Player of the Year and All-Metro Defensive Player of the Year • first team All-Metro, all-district, and all-region • recorded 136 solo tackles and two interceptions on defense and rushed for two touchdowns on offense • team ranked No. 2 in the area in total defense and had the most forced fumbles.
Larry Darnell Spears, Jr. • born July 7, 1995 • criminal justice major with a minor in marketing at Delaware • son of Larry and Sharon Spears • father and mother both played high school sports and cousins Brandon Minor (Michigan), B.J. Minor (James Madison), and Jermaine Spears (Bridgewater) all have played college football • hobbies include playing basketball, playing video games, and writing music • worked with UD Conference Services in Summer, 2016.
|Year||G/S|| Tackles (Solo)
|2015||11/0||49 (24)||1.5 - 12 / 5.5-24||0/0||0/0|
||0-0 / 0-0
||1.5-12 / 6.5-29
Tackles: 8 vs. William & Mary, 2015; 7 vs. Towson, 2015