|51 Steve Spence|
A physically-promising and heady linebacker who is ready to step into a more prominent role after serving as a valuable reserve as a freshman and sophomore ... Completed spring drills listed as the Pirates' starting middle linebacker ... Spent initial two seasons on the active roster primarily backing up All-Conference USA standout Nick Johnson, but also experienced action on the outside as well ... In addition to maturity, self-discipline, quickness and overall talent, impressed coaches with his ability to acclimate within new defensive scheme ... An active participant in program's community relations activities and Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... In the first spring scrimmage (April 3), tallied three tackles, a forced fumble and a 17-yard interception return ... Followed up with a five-tackle effort in the second tilt (April 10) ... A spring-best six stops came in the Purple-Gold Game (April 17) ... Also added a sack for a six-yard loss and a pass breakup during the finale.
2009: Registered playing time in 13 of 14 games (Arkansas in AutoZone Liberty Bowl) as a reserve linebacker and member of the special teams ... Finished with 15 tackles, including four solo stops ... Tallied a career-high four tackles, all assists, in a key C-USA triumph against UAB ... Recorded the first sack of career at SMU, bringing down Bo Levi Mitchell at the start of the fourth quarter ... Other sack was a nine-yard drop of Southern Miss' Martavious Young on the final play of the game, preserving ECU's 25-20 victory and a second-straight league divisional title ... Recorded 1.5 tackles for a lost yardage at Memphis ... Also credited with multiple stops (two) against Houston in the conference championship clash ... Booked one tackle against and Appalachian State, UCF, Rice and Virginia Tech ... Recovered the first fumble of career at West Virginia, which led to a Pirate second-quarter touchdown ... Also picked up a quarterback hurry against UCF.
2008: Experienced action in all 14 games as a reserve linebacker and special teams performer during initial season on East Carolina's active roster ... Credited with four total tackles, three coming as solo hits ... Tallied a season-high two stops against UTEP in regular season finale and booked single tackles vs. Houston and Southern Miss ... First action on the defensive side of the ball came against Cougars.
2007: Redshirted during initial season in ECU program ... Officially signed with the Pirate program in February, 2007.
High School: A three-year letterman and two-year team captain for a Maury program that produced back-to-back 9-2 marks in 2005 and 2006 ... Earned all-district honors as a junior and senior ... Tallied a total of 135 tackles and 18 sacks during varsity career which began as a sophomore in 2004 ... Credited with 60 tackles as a junior for the Commodores ... Prep coach was former Pirate letterman Dealton Cotton (1990-92, 1994) ... Listed among Virginia's Top 50 recruits according to scouting magazines ... Timed at 4.84 in the 40-yard dash and managed 24 bench reps at 185 pounds ... Also earned letter as wrestling standout, earning a third-place district standing and an Eastern Regional finalist finish ... Strong performer in the classroom with selection to the MHS Honor Roll ... Also served as a Chapter President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Personal: Full name is Steve B. Spence ... Born August 18, 1989 at Norfolk, Va. ... Major is business (management and accounting) and will pursue another bachelor's degree in marketing ... Perhaps ranks as the program's sharpest dresser, always having an eye for professional look ... Nicknamed the "Preacher Man" for love of faith and Gospel music ... Also a listener of classical music ... Lists Jeff Blake as favorite all-time Pirate player ... Member of cheerleading squad as a senior in high school.