--Redskins Add Three In The Sixth Round
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Evan Spencer could hardly contain himself as he ran towards the Ohio State sideline, dancing and flexing at his teammates ready to embrace him.
He had just thrown a perfect spiral to fellow wide receiver Michael Thomas in the corner of the end zone, scoring a touchdown against Alabama on a trick play end-around before the first half of the Sugar Bowl ended.
Sure, maybe he's good for one of those every season, but having the spotlight – exploding the stat line and highlight reel -- isn't something Spencer was accustomed to at Ohio State. His reaction after that pass was rare but completely deserving.
"He's unbelievable," head coach Urban Meyer told ESPN after the game. "He's the MVP of our team. He's the leader of our team. He's the guy that at the right time, I'll probably make an executive decision and make him a captain.
"He's a wonderful kid. He's really, to me, what football is all about."
That was later displayed when Spencer, doing what he did best all season, delivered a bone-crushing block to open up a hole for running back Ezekiel Elliot that helped propel the Buckeyes to victory (You shoud really watch this below).
"Honestly, as far as the toughness that I bring and the leadership that I bring, I feel like I'm one of the tougher receivers out there that are willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done and win football games," Spencer told the media after the Redskins drafted him. "Whatever that entails, that's what I'm willing to do, and I think that's one thing that I think probably appealed very well."
Those kinds of plays on the field, while they rarely get seen (luckily this clip was made available), are noticed by those that matter most: his teammates.
Linebacker Joshua Perry, for instance, as he told Cleveland.com, believes Spencer's MVP status on the team was well-deserved.
"You turn on the film and he doesn't get targeted a ton, doesn't have the most touchdowns on the team, most receptions, most yards or whatever," Perry began. "But great special teams plays, clutch plays when we need them, great leadership, selfless player. When you have a guy as talented as him who does all those things even though he's not getting the stats that he wants, that's why he's the MVP."