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Nelson Spruce
WR #86
Height:
6-1
Weight:
210
College:
Colorado
Hometown:
Westlake Village, CA
Experience:
2

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Biography

TRANSACTIONS: Signed with the Los Angeles Rams as an undrafted free agent (5/6/16).

2016 SEASON: Placed on injured reserve (11/17/16), after being inactive the first nine weeks of the season.

COLLEGE: Played in 49 career games, started in 46...set 41 Colorado records (37 outright, four tied) and two Pac-12 Conference records as he exited his career as the most prolific receiver in school history...among the top records he set were career marks for receptions (294), receiving yards (3,347) and touchdown catches (23)...finished his career as the active NCAA leader in receptions...caught at least one pass in final 38 games, the second-longest streak in CU history...his nine 100-yard games tied for the third-most in school annals...finalist for CU’s Male Career Achievement Award...as a senior in 2015, earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors from both the league coaches and the Associated Press (Phil Steele’s College Football had him on its firstteam); he also earned first-team All-Colorado honors from the state’s NFF Chapter for the second straight year...earned the Dean Jacob Van Ek Award for academic excellence...started all 13 games and led the team in receiving for the second straight year with 89 receptions for 1,053 yards, averaging 11.8 yards per catch with four touchdowns...his junior season (2014), he set or tied 31 school receiving records, and was one of 10 semifinalists for the Fred Biletnikoff Award...earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors from the league coaches, Athlon Sports and Phil Steele’s College Football...started all 12 games...caught 106 passes for 1,198 yards and 12 touchdowns (the former and latter school records), as he became the first player in school history to have 100 receptions in a season, and the eighth in Pac-12 history to do so...his single-game marks were his 19 receptions at Cal (for 179 yards), including a record 10 in a half (the first), along with tying the mark for the most touchdowns in a game (three, also at Cal)...set the marks for the most catches in two (32), three (39), four (49) and five (56) consecutive games, and caught six or more passes in 11 straight, another CU mark (as was making at least one touchdown reception in seven straight games)...also had a record 56 first down catches, with 13 receptions gaining 20 or more yards (six for touchdowns) and 43 going for 10-plus...won the John Wooten Award as selected by the coaching staff for having the most outstanding work ethic during spring practices...in 2013, started all 12 games at receiver, finished second on the team in receptions (55), receiving yards (650) and receiving touchdowns (4), while averaging 11.8 yards per catch. caught eight passes for 140 yards (both single game season bests) including his career long of 62, and when he returned an onside kick 46 yards for a touchdown – the first such instance in CU history... played in all 12 games in 2012, started nine, including the last eight of the season and became just the third freshman to lead the Buffaloes in single-season receptions, doing so with 44...also led the team in receiving yards with 446, averaging 10.1 per catch with three touchdowns...served as redshirt freshman in 2011.

PERSONAL: Attended Westlake High School...as a senior, earned first-team All-CIF Northern Division and first-team All-Area (Los Angeles Daily News) honors at wide receiver both his junior and senior seasons and was named All-State by Cal-Hi Sports at wide receiver as a junior and a second-team all-purpose performer as a senior...The Los Angeles Times selected him a firstteam All-Star at receiver (junior) and defensive (senior)...named to the Ventura County All-Decade team at receiver; he was also first-team All-Ventura County as a junior and senior, the latter year being named the Defensive Back of the Year in the county... was the co-MVP for Westlake both his junior and senior years after he was named the Most Improved Player his sophomore season...for his career, he had 149 receptions for 2,795 yards and 37 touchdowns...just the third receiver at Westlake to have back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons...on defense, he had 141 tackles (88 solo), eight interceptions, eight pass break-ups and one forced fumble...lettered in baseball...earned All-Marmonte League honors as a third baseman his sophomore season...graduated with a degree Business (Finance and Management) from Colorado in December 2015...born in Venice Beach, Calif...hobbies include playing golf (he’s a scratch player), Xbox, lifting weights and working out.
TRANSACTIONS: Signed with the Los Angeles Rams as an undrafted free agent (5/6/16).

2016 SEASON: Placed on injured reserve (11/17/16), after being inactive the first nine weeks of the season.

COLLEGE: Played in 49 career games, started in 46...set 41 Colorado records (37 outright, four tied) and two Pac-12 Conference records as he exited his career as the most prolific receiver in school history...among the top records he set were career marks for receptions (294), receiving yards (3,347) and touchdown catches (23)...finished his career as the active NCAA leader in receptions...caught at least one pass in final 38 games, the second-longest streak in CU history...his nine 100-yard games tied for the third-most in school annals...finalist for CU’s Male Career Achievement Award...as a senior in 2015, earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors from both the league coaches and the Associated Press (Phil Steele’s College Football had him on its firstteam); he also earned first-team All-Colorado honors from the state’s NFF Chapter for the second straight year...earned the Dean Jacob Van Ek Award for academic excellence...started all 13 games and led the team in receiving for the second straight year with 89 receptions for 1,053 yards, averaging 11.8 yards per catch with four touchdowns...his junior season (2014), he set or tied 31 school receiving records, and was one of 10 semifinalists for the Fred Biletnikoff Award...earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors from the league coaches, Athlon Sports and Phil Steele’s College Football...started all 12 games...caught 106 passes for 1,198 yards and 12 touchdowns (the former and latter school records), as he became the first player in school history to have 100 receptions in a season, and the eighth in Pac-12 history to do so...his single-game marks were his 19 receptions at Cal (for 179 yards), including a record 10 in a half (the first), along with tying the mark for the most touchdowns in a game (three, also at Cal)...set the marks for the most catches in two (32), three (39), four (49) and five (56) consecutive games, and caught six or more passes in 11 straight, another CU mark (as was making at least one touchdown reception in seven straight games)...also had a record 56 first down catches, with 13 receptions gaining 20 or more yards (six for touchdowns) and 43 going for 10-plus...won the John Wooten Award as selected by the coaching staff for having the most outstanding work ethic during spring practices...in 2013, started all 12 games at receiver, finished second on the team in receptions (55), receiving yards (650) and receiving touchdowns (4), while averaging 11.8 yards per catch. caught eight passes for 140 yards (both single game season bests) including his career long of 62, and when he returned an onside kick 46 yards for a touchdown – the first such instance in CU history... played in all 12 games in 2012, started nine, including the last eight of the season and became just the third freshman to lead the Buffaloes in single-season receptions, doing so with 44...also led the team in receiving yards with 446, averaging 10.1 per catch with three touchdowns...served as redshirt freshman in 2011.

PERSONAL: Attended Westlake High School...as a senior, earned first-team All-CIF Northern Division and first-team All-Area (Los Angeles Daily News) honors at wide receiver both his junior and senior seasons and was named All-State by Cal-Hi Sports at wide receiver as a junior and a second-team all-purpose performer as a senior...The Los Angeles Times selected him a firstteam All-Star at receiver (junior) and defensive (senior)...named to the Ventura County All-Decade team at receiver; he was also first-team All-Ventura County as a junior and senior, the latter year being named the Defensive Back of the Year in the county... was the co-MVP for Westlake both his junior and senior years after he was named the Most Improved Player his sophomore season...for his career, he had 149 receptions for 2,795 yards and 37 touchdowns...just the third receiver at Westlake to have back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons...on defense, he had 141 tackles (88 solo), eight interceptions, eight pass break-ups and one forced fumble...lettered in baseball...earned All-Marmonte League honors as a third baseman his sophomore season...graduated with a degree Business (Finance and Management) from Colorado in December 2015...born in Venice Beach, Calif...hobbies include playing golf (he’s a scratch player), Xbox, lifting weights and working out.
 

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