Spencer Brown
No. 41 – Carolina Panthers
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1998-11-13) November 13, 1998 (age 23)
Warrior, Alabama
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school:Mortimer Jordan
College:UAB
Undrafted:2021
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-CUSA (2018)
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Spencer Brown (born November 13, 1998) is an American football running back for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Alabama Birmingham and holds multiple school career rushing records. He was signed by the Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2021.

Early years

Spencer was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, and attended Mortimer Jordan High School.[1] As a senior he was selected to the first-team All-Birmingham list after he rushed for 1,972 yards on 304 carries and tallied 33 total touchdowns. Brown was ranked as a two-star high school prospect by 247sports.[2]

College career

As a true freshman at UAB in 2017, Brown appeared in all 13 games and made nine starts. He rushed for 1329 yards, which was the third-most yards in school history and added 10 touchdowns. He broke Jordan Howard's freshman rushing record in his eighth game. On November 4, 2017, he scored three touchdowns in a game against Rice. Had his first career 100-yard rushing game in week 2 against Ball State with 151 yards on 17 carries. He was named to the FWAA Freshman All-America Team, named Conference USA's Freshman of the Year, second-team All-Conference, and named to the Doak Walker Award watchlist.[3]

As a sophomore, Brown was named first-team All-Conference USA and awarded the Conference USA Championship Game MVP award. He set a school record with 16 touchdowns and rushed for 1,227 yards. In 2019, Brown became UAB's career rushing leader and set the school record for 100-yard rushing games as he had rushed for 100 yards for the 13th time. As a senior, Brown again won the Conference USA Championship Game MVP award[4] and became UAB's all time rushing touchdown leader. He is the only player in Conference USA history to be named Conference USA Championship Game MVP twice. He finished his collegiate career second among active players in rushing yards and was one of two players to have eclipsed 4,000 career rushing yards.

Professional career

Brown signed with the Carolina Panthers after going undrafted in the 2021 NFL Draft on May 2, 2021.[5] He played in the Panther's first preseason game on August 15, 2021 against the Indianapolis Colts, rushing for 25 yards on nine carries.[6] He was waived on August 31, 2021, and re-signed to the practice squad the next day.[7][8] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Panthers on January 10, 2022.[9]

References

  1. ^ "Spencer Brown - Football". University of Alabama at Birmingham Athletics. Retrieved 2021-06-11.
  2. ^ "Spencer Brown, Mortimer Jordan, Running Back". 247Sports. Retrieved 2021-06-11.
  3. ^ "Spencer Brown Named to FWAA Freshman All-America Team". University of Alabama at Birmingham Athletics. Retrieved 2021-06-11.
  4. ^ "UAB Overpowers Marshall 22-13 in the 2020 Conference USA Championship". SkyBoat. 2020-12-19. Retrieved 2021-06-11.
  5. ^ Gantt, Darin (May 2, 2021). "Panthers agree to terms with undrafted free agents". Panthers.com. Retrieved June 29, 2021.
  6. ^ Callihan, Schuyler. "UDFA RB Spencer Brown Receiving Praise from HC Matt Rhule". Sports Illustrated Carolina Panthers News, Analysis and More. Retrieved 2021-08-23.
  7. ^ Gantt, Darin (August 31, 2021). "Panthers reduce roster on Tuesday morning". Panthers.com.
  8. ^ Gantt, Darin (September 1, 2021). "Panthers announce practice squad signings on Wednesday". Panthers.com.
  9. ^ Gantt, Darin (January 10, 2022). "Panthers sign 10, including quarterback P.J. Walker". Panthers.com.

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