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Larry Spears
Player Profile:
Larry Spears 1695173
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 260
Year: Redshirt Junior
Hometown: Henrico, Va.
High School: Varina
Major: Criminal Justice
Experience: 2 Letters

Declared academically ineligible for the 2017 season • overcame injuries during career to become a key part of the Delaware defense during his career • played in 33 career games with one start and recorded 68 tackles (36 solo) and 6.5 tackles for loss (29 yards) • outstanding athlete who plays fast • had team-high tying six tackles in the Blue-White spring game in May.

Played a key role as backup middle linebacker for Delaware defense as a junior • also contributed on special teams • played in all 11 games and recorded 11 tackles, including seven solo stop • had one tackle for loss • posted at least one tackle in seven games with season-high three vs. Stony Brook • had tackle for loss in win over Lafayette • part of defense that ranked No. 6 in the Colonial Athletic Association in total defense (349.7 yards allowed per game) • served as a game captain vs. James Madison • had three tackles in the Blue-White Spring Game in May.

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 CAA 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)
2016 11/0 11 (7) 0-0/1.0-5 0/0 0/0
2015 11/0 49 (24) 1.5 - 12 / 5.5-24 0/0 0/0
2014 11/1 8 (5)
0-0 / 0-0
0/0 0/0
TOTALS 33/1 68 (36)
1.5-12 / 6.5-29

Tackles: 8 vs. William & Mary, 2015; 7 vs. Towson, 2015

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