Oct. 11, 2004
Junior inside linebacker Spencer Havner, a candidate for All-America honors, is one of the top candidates for the Butkus and Lombardi awards. The third-year starter has also been selected one of two season captains by a vote of his teammates.
Havner, the nation's leading tackler through games of Oct. 9, is off to a great start in the 2004 season. In five games, he has made 71 tackles and his average of 14.2 leads the Pac-10 by 3.0 per game and the nation by 1.4.
He recorded 16 tackles, including 11 solos and five assists, in the opener against Oklahoma State despite playing with a bruised shoulder that caused him to miss time in the second quarter. Two of his stops were for losses (four yards) and 11 were made in the second half.
At Illinois, he made a career-high 17 tackles (seven solos and 10 assists), the most by a Bruin since Robert Thomas made 18 at Washington State in 2001. He also blocked a field goal for the third time in his career and broke up one pass.
At Washington, he led the team in tackles for the third straight game, finishing with 13 stops (10 solos), including one for loss.
Against San Diego State, he led the team for the fourth consecutive game, finishing with 14 (six solos), including one for loss. In addition, with the Bruins leading just 7-3 in the second quarter, Havner picked off a pass and returned it 52 yards for a touchdown and a 14-3 lead. He was selected Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts.
He made 11 tackles (10 solos) to tie for the team lead versus Arizona. He also made a five-yard quarterback sack.
Havner has now made seven interceptions in his career and has returned three for touchdowns. He averages 33.1 yards per interception and his touchdowns have measured 52, 42 and 23 yards.