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Barrow on Spence: "What Peyton Manning is to the Colts, that's what he is for us"

CORAL GABLES -- After helping shut down one of the nation's most potent rushing attacks Saturday, Sean Spence was rewarded Monday with his third ACC Linebacker Of The Week Award.

Sean SpenceSpence racked up 10 tackles including six solo stops and a tackle for a loss of two yards against Georgia Tech while starting and finished at middle linebacker for the first time in his career.

Spence has been the anchor of the Canes' defense all season and has amassed 65 total tackles (10th nationally), 9.5 tackles for loss (seventh nationally) for 35 yards, three sacks for 23 yards and a forced fumble. And in the eyes of his coaches and teammates -- just someone UM couldn't survive without.

"He's the best linebacker in college football, bar none," said UM linebackers coach Micheal Barrow. "He's a guy that is so coachable, so instinctive, he's a leader of this team. He's a guy that anything I tell him to do he tries to do it. Last week I challenged him to try to knock guys back. So he spent all day Saturday doing that.

"He's having a great year not only at [weakside] but at [middle]. He don't complain. He just gets it done. He is what Peyton Manning is to the Colts, that's what he is for us. He has that type of smarts, that type of athleticism. He's a guy that is consistent everyday. I could be like Don King all day talking about him. It's unreal. His parents have done an outstanding job. It's hard to find a kryptonite for him."

If there's been a knock on Spence since the day he put on a Hurricanes a uniform, it's been his size. At 6-feet, 224-pounds he isn't exactly what the NFL is looking for in terms of an every down outside linebacker. But Barrow believes Spence will overcome that and prove his doubters wrong.

NFLDraftScout.com ranks Spence as the seventh-best outside linebacker prospect in the 2012 draft, behind North Carolina's Zach Brown (6-2, 230), Alabama's Courtney Upshaw (6-2, 265), West Virginia's Bruce Irvin (6-2, 245), Nebraska's Lavonte David (6-1, 225) and Oklahoma's Travis Lewis (6-2, 228). Spence, listed at 5-11 accoring to the website, is projected to be a second or third round pick.

"People on the outside talk about his size, but he plays bigger than his size," Barrow said. "When I came out they said I was too small. When Ray [Lewis] came out they said he was too small. Sean Spence is the same thing. He's just a baller. He'll prove everyone wrong. I'm just happy he's here."

So are his teammates.

"Without Sean I don't know where I would be, where anybody else on this team would be," Jacory Harris said. "Sean, he kind of is like the glue to everything. Everyone counts on him on the defense, counts on him as a leader."

Said defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio: "He's a rare player, a once in a lifetime type of guy you coach. There's very few you get an opportunity to coach like that. He's a special player. He's really instinctive, really smart, works really hard, practices really. He's a leader. Keeps a good temper, doesn't get too high or too low. He's just a great player."

According to UM, no other player at a BCS institution has won defensive player of the week honors for their conference three times. Only Mike Taylor, a linebacker at Wisconsin, has won it twice. Spence has 277 tackles, 42.5 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks and 35 starts in his career.

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They should keep him at MLB for the rest of the season. I'm not sure why they are moving back when the Defense played so well on Saturday.

Great job Spence the guy is everywhere on the field. Im not so sure he can play LB at the next level though, he's smaaler than Lewis and Barrow coming out of UM>

It's all about the U!! Good job Sean!! Keep hime in the middle!!!

THE ERASER

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Spence is definetly smart and fast enough to make an impact at the next level. As much as I would hate to see him on the Patriots he seems like the kind of guy Belichick loves.

With him in the middle it gets Perryman in starting line up. We need to keep this going, 2 studs out there are better than 1.

On a side note that Courtney Upshaw for Bama is B.A.D. !!!!

He's 1 or 1A as far as smartest players I have seen along with Vilma.

There are going to be lot's of NFL coaches and personnel people kicking themselves in the ass for passing on Spence in the dratf because he is an underszied linebaker. Damn i hate that term, undersized linebacker. I've seen plenty of undersized linebackers succeed in the NFl (Ray Lewis, Zach Thomas etc) and even more prototype linebackers fail. Since day 1 of his 1st freshman spring practice, while Arthur Brown got all the accolades, It was Sean Spence turning heads with his natural football insincts and intellect who was the best player on the field. He's just gonna keep working harder and get even better when he starts playing on Sunday. It's a joy watching this guy play defense.

protecting tebows blindside OT franklin from the U balance the game for tebow RB mgahhe ..forcing the fumble giving timmy THE CHANCE to win LB DJ williams from u already know nuff said.......go canes

Keep him a MLB...Perryman is a player, and Gaines is getting better...where is Cain?...was Spence in the MLB spot for VA Tech game? They were getting us up the middle, something GT thankfully was unable to do..Great game - give UVA a 48-0 return gift for the road home!

Spence is a very good player. Period. UVA beat UM bad in that memorable game. I say take no prisoners.
Mark fro Atl, I'd like to see more of Cain. I think he could go at DE. Perryman is starting to come along. U gotta get Ray Ray into this.

But I don't know about Spence at LB in NFL. But there are some players his size who have done it at weak side LB.

Leave Spence in the Middle..

Spence is the Best all around LB.since Ray Lewis. Keep him in the middle,it's not broke don't fix it!! A DIE HARD CANES FAN SINCE 1948!! John the U Hawk!!!!

Spence needs to stay in the middle.. he is smart and the d played is best game of the year.

g-man you hit it on the head man. I have been a Cane and Dolphin man all my life and remember all the criticism on Ray Lewis and Zach Thomas. When they went pro they proved the nay-sayers wrong. Sean will also.

Keep him a MLB...Perryman is a player, and Gaines is getting better...where is Cain?...was Spence in the MLB spot for VA Tech game? They were getting us up the middle, something GT thankfully was unable to do..Great game - give UVA a 48-0 return gift for the road home!

Posted by: mark fro ATL | October 24, 2011 at 06:08 PM

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Cain is behind Futch on the depth chart. He'll get his time. Here's what our LB's will look like next season...

Ramon Buchanan(got a medical redshirt so he'll be 5th yr sr)
Denzel Perryman
Kelvin Cain
Rafael Kirby
Tyrone Cornelius(if they convert him back from safety)
Gionni Paul
Nantambu-Akil Fentress
Erik Akre
Sean Goldstein
Eric Lichter
Jimmy Gaines

I say put Buchanan at MLB and Perryman and Cain/Gaines on the outside. Let the rest battle it out. There are more guys on the roster down as LB's but I doubt they will sniff that position.


Can't wait for next season's defensive front. Good lord.

Man forget the size because he will bulk up when all he has to do is focus more on football and weight lifting. He knows how to tackle any player and any size. His weakness is his size, but his strengths are speed and instinct. And you can add toughness. If it is his job to make the tackle then he will. If you ask him to hit harder then he will. The only linebacker I would pick over Spence is Upshaw, but I would be happy if I picked Spence. All he has done is ball so hard someone is gonna find him.

WOW, another one of Shannon's spoiled Northwestern boys. How could the NCAA or ACC see by given him another award. Spence and the rest of his cohorts Streeter and Harris are holding this team back.....Betcha he can not play like that all year long... this team would be 6-0 with them over-hyped Northwestern boys..

Swaggalikus right now those northwestern boys are carrying the team spence and jacory have been playing great and streeter jus keeps on catching em

Swaggalikus,
LOL!!! Great post. You are exactly right.

swaggalikus- this year yes. 2008, 2009, 2010, nuff said, so st-fu

For thos e who remember Nick Buoniconti, Dolphins NFL All Pro, NFL Hall of Famer linebacker at 5'11" 220. He dominated games with his mobility. Won 2 superbowls.

Spence = Monstah Mash!

swaggalikus- this year yes. 2008, 2009, 2010, nuff said, so st-fu

Posted by: Nevin Shapiro should watch his back | October 25, 2011 at 06:54 AM
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Really man tells us something we haven't spoken about for the last 3yrs. Those boys didn't play well at all during that time simply because they were never developed. Now look at candy randy's recruits with a real coach. Imagine what they would have been like if Golden had gotten to The U 2yrs earlier.

You're the most negative person in here man. Why do you have so much negativity in you? That mess will eat you alive man. Grow up. Either support our Canes or get out of here man. Seriously.


LETS GO CANES!

IM WAITING TO C WHAT WE LOOK LIKE THE YR AFTER OUR SANCTIONS THAT MOST DEFF ARE COMING WE WILL BE IN THE HUNT 4 A NATIONAL TITLE THE YR AFTER THE SANCTIONS ARE UP WATCH THESE HURRICANES GROW FROM A TROPICAL STORM U BCS TEAMS ARE GOING TO HATE TO C THAT STORM FLAG BLOWING IN THE WIND AGAIN GO CANES

Man I'm going to miss Spence when he's gone. I seems like only yesterday I was like who as I sipped the Arthur Brown Koolaide that first year of spring ball. Now 4 years later the kid is not a man, he's the man and I'm sitting here hoping that he somehow ends up on the outside for my Bears. Man how time flies.

IM WAITING TO C WHAT WE LOOK LIKE THE YR AFTER OUR SANCTIONS THAT MOST DEFF ARE COMING WE WILL BE IN THE HUNT 4 A NATIONAL TITLE THE YR AFTER THE SANCTIONS ARE UP WATCH THESE HURRICANES GROW FROM A TROPICAL STORM U BCS TEAMS ARE GOING TO HATE TO C THAT STORM FLAG BLOWING IN THE WIND AGAIN GO CANES

Posted by: Herbert Evans | October 25, 2011 at 11:26 AM

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We might get lucky and not get anything...

1.We notified everyone accordingly.
2.Began and contributed to a lengthy investigation.
3.Suspended players left and right and even made dismissals of certain players.
4.We do not have that AD anymore.
5.We do not have those Coaches anymore.
6.Shallalalala came out and made her little speeches. Doubt they worked though. What Golden did will be more influential than what she has done.

We basically covered our a$% on this one. Plus it's getting to the point that people with media outlets are speaking out on why a team should be punished for the actions of one or more persons. Those and those alone should receive the punishment. Otherwise punishment is being unfairly dealt to those who worked hard and had done nothing wrong. Those people's college experience should not be affected by the actions of someone else.

But that's an up in the air topic so who the hell knows what will happen because we all know that the NCAA is run by the ignorant with fat pockets.


LETS GO MIAMI HURRICANES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WOW, another one of Shannon's spoiled Northwestern boys. How could the NCAA or ACC see by given him another award. Spence and the rest of his cohorts Streeter and Harris are holding this team back.....Betcha he can not play like that all year long... this team would be 6-0 with them over-hyped Northwestern boys..
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hahahahahahaha!! post of the year. great job!

smh @ calling a person out about being negative, yet the same person is talking some bs.. All of the NW guys did not play well until now? Really?

Seems like swag was simply calling out the folks that some how made it seemed like 8 guys from 1 school carried the burden for the entire team...

Sean Spence took a page out of the DNA book and wrote his name on it...it said play like Vilma, Reed, Lewis, learn the playbook, lead by actions,listen attentively to Coaches, know film and study non stop, and keep the energy level to such a high tempo that other 'Canes will be amazed at your motor.Other teams will worry to stop you...doesn't matter where he plays I guarantee that he will be giving 100%. We talk about Hurricane football...we are sharing in the accomplishments of a real warrior..and a loyal guy to his Coaches..Coach G, and Coach D good job working with Sean and there my friend goes a REAL HURRICANE that stands on his work, and his example to everyone..
Congratulations keep up the good work and Beat the'Cavs.
Go Canes.

Hey Spence, skip all this futuristic talk. Screw the NFL nonsense. Just take it one game at a time and do you best each game. And win! Everything else will follow. Thanks for some great games. I don't see U of M losing another game this season. Make that happen and the future will take care of itself. Denny Wood

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