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  Spencer Havner
Spencer Havner

Player Profile
Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Nevada City, CA

High School:
Nevada Union

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 245

Position:
ILB

Birthdate:
02/02/1983

Experience:
3V

2005 -- Havner was a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award (nation's top defender, 12 players), the Rotary Lombardi Award (nation's top lineman, 12 players) and the Butkus Award. In addition, he was a quarterfinalist for the Lott Trophy (nation's top defender). He also earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors from the league's coaches and was selected to play in the Senior Bowl. Defensive winner of UCLA's Henry R. "Red" Sanders Award for Most Valuable Player. He led the Bruins with 99 tackles (T-8th in Pac-10), 15 tackles for losses and three interceptions and was tied for third on the team with 2.0 sacks. His average of 1.25 tackles for loss per game ranked T-third in the Pac-10 and his average of 0.25 interceptions was T-11th. His 402 career tackles rank No. 3 on that all-time school list (he passed Kenny Easley at Arizona) while his 42 tackles for loss rank No. 3 on that chart. Havner had 11 career interceptions and returned three for touchdowns (52-San Diego St., 42-Washington and 23 yards-Oklahoma St.,-31.6 avg.). He also scored on a fumble recovery against Oklahoma this season for his school record fourth defensive touchdown, In the opener against San Diego State, he led the Bruins with 13 tackles, including six solos. He also made a career-high three tackles for losses, including one sack, and returned the ninth interception of his career 27 yards. He was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week. Against Rice, he was credited with one tackle. Versus Oklahoma, "UCLA's Tackling Machine" (Bruce Feldman, ESPN.com) tied for the team lead with nine tackles (six solos). In addition, he scored the fourth touchdown of his career just 1:47 into the second half when he scooped up a fumble caused by Dennis Keyes and returned it 13 yards to give UCLA a 10-point cushion (27-17). Against Washington, he led the Bruins with 11 tackles (seven solos), including one for loss, and also broke up a pass. Versus California, he made nine tackles (eight solos), second on the squad. He was credited with three tackles for losses, including one sack. At Washington State, he led the Bruins for the fourth time, finishing with 10 tackles (nine solos), including one for loss. In the win over Oregon State, he had five tackles (four solos), including one for loss, and his 10th career interception set up the field goal that gave UCLA the lead for good. At Stanford, he led the team for the fifth time, finishing with 12 tackles (nine solos), including one for loss. He also broke up one pass. Seven of his tackles came in the second half and overtime. At Arizona, he made six tackles (three solos), including two for losses. In the win over Arizona State, he made eight tackles (six solos), including two for losses. He also recovered a fumble that led to UCLA's second touchdown and lost an interception on a penalty away from the play. Against USC, he made eight tackles (four solos). In the win over Northwestern, he made seven tackles (three solos) and the 11th interception of his career in the Red Zone to stop a scoring threat. Havner's 15 career double-digit tackle games: 2002: 10-San Diego State, 11-Cal, 11-Stanford, 2003:13-Washington State; 2004:16-Oklahoma St., 17-Illinois, 13-Washington, 14-San Diego State, 11-Arizona, 16-Stanford, 12-Washington St., 2005: 13-San Diego State,11-Washington, 10-Washington State, 12-Stanford.

2004 -- As a junior, Havner earned first-team All-America acclaim from cbssportsline.com and collegefootballnews.com ... He was selected second-team All-America by the Walter Camp Football Foundation ... Havner was one of 12 semifinalists for both the Butkus Award and the Rotary Lombardi Award ... He was also selected a mid-season All-American by collegefootballnews.com and SI.com ... Selected second-team All-Pac-10 by the league's coaches ... He was the defensive winner of UCLA's Henry R. "Red" Sanders Award for Most Valuable Player ... Selected one of two 2004 season captains in a vote of his teammates ... Entering the bowl season, he ranked second nationally in solo tackles (7.64) and seventh (tied) in total tackles (11.36) ... Did not play in the Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl after having arthroscopic knee surgery on Dec. 10 ... In 11 games, he made 125 tackles and his average of 11.37 led the Pac-10 by 1.18 stops per game ... He tied for the team lead with 8.5 tackles for loss and was tied for third with two interceptions ... His 125 tackles ranked No. 10 (tied) on UCLA's single-season list ... 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 ... At California, he recorded five solo tackles ... At Arizona State, he made six tackles, including five solos ... In the shutout of Stanford, he led the Bruins with 16 tackles (his third game of at least 16 stops), including 11 solos and five assists ... He also had two tackles for loss and his second interception of the year (21 yards) ... He was again named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts ... Against Washington State, he led the team in tackles for the seventh time, finishing with 12 tackles (11 solos) ... At Oregon, he made nine tackles (seven solos), one off the team lead ... Against USC, he made six tackles (four solos), including one for loss ... He also recovered one fumble ... He did not play against Wyoming in the Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl.

2003 -- Havner was a starter in 12 of 13 games ... Played at least 65 snaps on eight occasions, including 77 versus Washington, 76 versus California and Fresno State and 75 at USC ... Ranked third on the squad with 82 tackles and averaged 42.3 yards on his three (tied for team high) interception returns ... Ranked 25th in the Pac-10 with an average of 6.3 tackles per game ... Honorable mention All-Pac-10 conference ... Made two tackles in the opener at Colorado prior to leaving the game with a shoulder injury ... Came off the bench in the next game versus Illinois to make five stops ... Returned to the starting lineup at Oklahoma and had seven tackles, including one for loss ... Returned an interception 72 yards against the Sooners to set up a go-ahead touchdown ... Recorded seven tackles against San Diego State, with one sack ... Also made an interception against the Aztecs and returned it 50 yards to set up a field goal ... Made six tackles against Washington, including two for losses ... Credited with eight tackles, an interception and a forced fumble at Arizona ... Totaled six tackles against Cal and was a standout on special teams ... Earned Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week honors after he blocked two field goals, one of which was returned for a touchdown ... Had two stops against Arizona State ... Led the team with eight tackles at Stanford ... Set a career high with 13 tackles at Washington State, including two for losses ... Came up with five tackles against Oregon, including 0.5 for loss ... Made six tackles at USC ... Had seven stops in the bowl game against Fresno State.

2002 -- Starter in all 13 games ... His 96 tackles ranked second on the team and as the second-most ever by a Bruin freshman player (James Washington - 119 in 1984) ... His average of 7.4 tackles per game ranked 11th in the conference ... His 66 solo tackles ranked second on the team ... His seven pass defenses tied for first and his three forced fumbles led the team ... His 12 tackles for loss were second on the team ... He also ranked third on the team in interceptions with three, including two returned for a touchdown ... His two touchdowns tied an NCAA record for most touchdowns on interceptions in one season by a linebacker ... Named first-team freshman All-America and Pac-10 Defensive Freshman of the Year by The Sporting News ... Made his debut against Colorado State and had five tackles, including one for loss, and was credited with two pass defenses ... At Oklahoma State, he returned his first career interception 23 yards for the touchdown which gave UCLA a lead it would not give up ... He tied for the team lead with eight tackles (seven solos) and forced a fumble at the Bruin 18-yard line that ended a scoring threat and started a Bruin touchdown drive ... Had seven tackles against Colorado and made seven tackles, including four solos, and had one pass defense ... Totaled 10 tackles at San Diego State and had two quarterback sacks ... Had three tackles, including one for loss, and made his second interception of the season at Oregon State ... Made five tackles, including one for loss against Oregon ... At Cal, he led the Bruins with 11 tackles, all solos, including one for loss and also forced a fumble ... Credited with 11 tackles (six solos), including two for losses, against Stanford ... Tied for the team lead with nine tackles at Washington ... Also scored his second touchdown of the season on a 42-yard interception return for the game-clinching score ... Deflected a Husky pass which was intercepted by teammate Marcus Reese to help set up another score ... Led the team with nine tackles at Arizona, including one for loss, and forced a fumble ... Against USC, he made four tackles ... Had eight stops, including two for losses, in the Washington State game ... Totaled six tackles in the bowl game win over New Mexico, including five solos ... Tied the school record for most touchdowns on interceptions in one season (two), held by four other players (John Brown - 1958, Jerry Robinson - 1976, Brian Baggott - 1978, Blanchard Montgomery - 1982) ... Named the winner of the John Boncheff, Jr. Memorial Award for team Rookie of the Year on Defense.

2001 -- Did not see action in his first year in the program and has one season of eligibility remaining.

HIGH SCHOOL -- Earned two varsity letters as an inside linebacker and tight end at Nevada Union High in Grass Valley, CA for coach Dave Humphers ... PrepStar All-American (No. 4 linebacker in West) ... Rated as the nation's No. 12 linebacker by FoxStudentSports.com ... PrepStar Super 30 All-Western Region (No. 22 prospect) ... Rated nation's No. 11 linebacker by rivals.com ... Member of rivals 100 (No. 97 prospect) ... SuperPrep All-Far West/California (No. 53 prospect) ... Tom Lemming All-West (No. 69 prospect) ... Member of Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best in the West (seven votes) ... Selected to play in CaliFlorida All-Star game ... Second-team All-State (Cal-Hi Sports) ... First-team All-CAL and All-Metro ... In 13 games (12-1) as a senior, he made 136 tackles, nine sacks and seven interceptions (two touchdowns) ... Team lost in city title game ... During his career, he made over 200 tackles, 18 sacks and 12 interceptions ... Pre-season SuperPrep All-Far West (No. 58 prospect) ... In 1999, he was All-State and All-League ... Credited with 96 tackles, including eight sacks, four fumble recoveries and four interceptions ... Also recovered four fumbles and made four interceptions, returning two for scores.

PERSONAL -- Full Name: Spencer Rhett Havner ... Born: February 2, 1983 in Sacramento, CA ... Parents: Rhett Havner and Debra Moody ... Has one brother, Ryan, and one sister, Danielle ... Lists biggest thrill to date as beating Grant High in the closing seconds ... Hobbies include playing basketball ... Business-Economics major.

Varsity Statistics - S. Havner
Tackles

Year

TT

T-AT

Sacks

TFL

INT

2002

96

66-30

2.0-10

12-33

3-53

2003

82

44-38

1.0-8

6.5-16

3-127-0

2004

125

84-41

1.0-5

8.5-19

2-73-1

Totals

303

194-109

4.0-23

27.0-68

8-253-3

Career Highs:
Tackles: 17 at Illinois, 2004
Tackles for Loss: 2, in multiple games, last vs. Stanford, 2004


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