BIO: Three-year starter voted an All-America as a senior after winning All-Conference honors the past two seasons. Totaled 49/17/9 last year after 49/13/6 the previous campaign. Has intercepted four passes since his sophomore season.
POSITIVES: Well-sized, athletic defensive lineman who offers a good degree of upside potential. Forceful up the field, plays through blocks and quick changing direction to pursue the action laterally. Plays low with leverage, balance and body control. Easily moves to the sidelines, can drop off the line of scrimmage and make plays in space or in any direction of the field. Displays an explosive inside move, reads the action and quick locating the ball.
NEGATIVES: Must improve his tackling technique. Rather easily held up at the point by ordinary opponents. Doesn't always seem in a hurry to get involved in the action or pursue the play if it.s not in his immediate vicinity.
ANALYSIS: An outstanding athlete who, when on his game, can be a difference maker, Spears offers early first round physical skills yet has late first day motivation. A tough lineman to block, he is a disruptive force rushing the passer, defending the run or even playing in space. Could be a perfect fit at left end in a conventional defense or as a two-gap lineman, but must start to apply himself on a consistent basis to ever reach the potential he possesses.