News | Washington Football Team -

Family Football Pedigree Benefits Evan Spencer

Evan Spencer will be ready to go whenever his number is called, as the versatile wide receiver says he's expecting to contribute in several different facets.

It doesn't matter whether it's on offense or special teams, and it doesn't make a difference what the situation is.

Check out these photos of Ohio State wide receiver Evan Spencer, the 187th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Redskins rookie wide receiver Evan Spencer just wants to help the Washington Redskins be successful on the field in 2015.

"My expectation is to just contribute in any way that I can," he said. "I want to get out on the field on offense and make every play that I can, and just put my stamp on the Washington Redskins. I want to do everything that I can on the field, offensively, special teams-wise, and anything else they have me do."

Spencer played a similar role during his time as a member of Ohio State's football program, as the 6-foot-2, 205 pounder accumulated a number of different roles for the team.

If it was as a blocker or a decoy, he did it. If it was leading the special teams unit, he did it.

When asked if he would've changed anything from his time as a Buckeye, his answer was simple: "Honestly, no."

"From the time I got there to the time I left, I wouldn't change a thing," he said. "Going through that first year, my freshman year, we went 6-7. We had games against Purdue where we scored an unbelievable touchdown and got the extra point blocked to lose the game essentially. To go through those struggles my freshman year, and then to rebound, build with our new coaching staff, and the next year we go 12-0 but can't do anything because of the bowl bans because of the previous two years. The year following, we have this 24-game win streak, and we're doing really well then we lost the last two games. And then my senior year we go on to win the National Championship, so we hit all ends of the spectrum."

Football a family traditionSpencer is neither the first in his family to make it to the NFL nor is he the first one to have a role with the Redskins.

His dad, Tim, a running back, played six seasons with the San Diego Chargers – recording 1,792 yards and 19 touchdowns – while his brother, Cole, has been with the Redskins since 2010 as a scout.

On draft day, it was Cole who made the call to his brother to tell him he'd been selected by the Redskins.

"I was sitting in my basement just watching it [the draft]," Evan said. "I was trying to de-stress as much as possible as stressful as the weekend was. Then my phone rings, and I saw it was a Virginia area code. I was thinking, 'Maybe, hopefully, we'll see,' and picked up the phone. I picked up the phone and heard Cole's voice, and I was like, 'Cole what are you calling me for? Someone could be calling me right now.' He was like 'Evan, what's up man? I think we're going to take you with this pick.' I just had no idea what to say. It was so strange and so awesome coming from him. It was kind of a weird feeling. Then I got to talk to the rest of the gang. It was really special coming from him."

And with his dad also starring at Ohio State and then making his own mark in the NFL, football has always been a big part of Spencer's life.

"Being around football as much as I was when I was a young kid, my dream was to play at this level," he said. "Every time I went to sleep, I was dreaming, 'I wish I could do some of the things he did.' To have the ability, or to be in the position I am now to go out and make plays and contribute to this football team and fulfill some of those dreams I had as a kid is absolutely mind blowing. I'm excited to get going."




This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.

Related Content