April 10, 2013
Name: Evan Spencer
Hometown: Vernon Hills, Ill.
High School: Vernon Hills
2012 Recap: Saw action in 12 games, averaging 11.3 yards per catch. Among Buckeye receivers, Spencer was fourth on the team with 12 catches for 136 yards.
2013 Outlook: Spencer will look to be more of an offensive weapon for the Buckeyes in their high-powered spread offense that aims to be one of the most dominant and explosive systems in the country.
Q: How would you compare this year’s spring practices to last year?
A: Last year, we thought we were playing fast and doing the right things. It’s a lot better this year that we have a year under our belt with the new offense and coming off a great season. Everyone is just flying around. We aren’t holding back this year now that we have everything down pat and we are all out there just going 100 miles an hour.
Q: How did the momentum of last year translate into your offseason routine?
A: It goes back to the work ethic throughout the offseason. [The receivers] want to prove that we can and will be a dominant force. Fundamentally and mentally, we have improved tremendously. Now that we are familiar with our assignments, we see so much better and are so much quicker. It’s all confidence once you’ve been with each other that long and with the success of last season, it’s hard not to have confidence in our skills.
Q: What did you focus on personally during this offseason?
A: I really focused on fundamentals, whether that be looking the ball in or running routes or making sure the DB can’t get his hands on me – everything combined you need to do as a receiver to give yourself an edge over the defender to make plays.
Q: How do you see your role developing in this offense that has been praised for its depth and experience?
A: The more the better. We are striving to be the most dominant receiver group in the country. Point blank. Period. The more people we can add to create more depth and be more explosive and make more plays, I’m all for it. If you’re out there making plays, they’re going to reward you and let you play.
Q: How would you describe the team dynamic this year?
A: I think it’s awesome. We all have such a good relationship and once we get out there and start having fun, you can see the personalities we have in that room. When we are having fun, we take off as a group and as a whole. Having experience helps and having juniors and seniors leading the offense plays a big role in setting the tone for this team. Top to bottom, we just all just have an unbelievable chemistry.”
Q: You spent some time during the offseason giving back to the community at 2nd and Seven. What has that experience been like for you?
A: Last year, I couldn’t go as much since I was hurt and had so many time commitments to try and get healthy. This offseason, I was able to go out more often and see the kids. Every time I went out there, they were dressed up in Ohio State gear and it’s awesome for us to be able to impact their lives the way we do.
Q: What are you looking forward to in the spring game?
A: I can’t wait. It will be interesting being in Cincinnati in a different environment and we’re all excited to go out there, execute and do what we do.
Q: “The Chase” has become a rallying point for your team this year. What does this phrase mean to you?
A: We’ve got something in the back of our heads that we are striving for and have to go get. At the end of the day, we have to do everything we can to get out there and get it.
-- Chelsea Zoellner, Ohio State Athletics Communications Student Assistant
Previous Spring Spotlights:
Curtis Grant (March 8)
Carlos Hyde (March 21)
Kenny Guiton (April 3)
Corey Linsley (April 9)
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