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As players take their final breaks before training camp, The Redskins Blog will take a look back at the new faces from this offseason and what we've learned about them, football and otherwise, so far.
Today, we'll focus on rookie wide receiver Evan Spencer.
1. Spencer's brother called to tell him he was getting drafted:One of the perks about being a local team scout with an NFL prospect for a brother is that there's a chance the team you work for actually drafts your brother. That was the case for Cole Spencer, who made the call to Evan to deliver the good news.
"'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."
Check out images of rookie wide receiver Evan Spencer during his first few months as a Washington Redskin.
- He's been playing golf since he started playing football: **At the Redskins Charity Golf Classic in early June, Spencer was one of several players to hit the links, confident in his game and experience on the golf course.
"I've been playing as long as I can remember. You know my dad got me a set of clubs when I was really young, so I mean I've probably been playing honestly as long as I've been playing football."
3. He wants to do everything he can for the Redskins organization:Spencer was named Ohio State's MVP for good reason. He can catch, throw, block, play special teams. He's willing to do anything the team asks of him, on and off the field.
"I want to do everything that I can on the field, offensively, special teams-wise, and anything else they have me do. I want to do everything that I can off the field as well. I want to be a figure in the community. I want to do all the things that I can do around the community just to show myself around everybody, and show that I'm a good guy and want to represent this organization really well."
4. Spencer is thrilled to be following in the footsteps of his father, a former NFL player:Tim Spencer* *played six seasons at running back with the San Diego Chargers, recording 1,792 yards and 19 touchdowns.
"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 fufill some of those dreams I had as a kid, is absolutely mind blowing. I'm excited to get going."
5. Head coach Jay Gruden thinks he's going to be a "demon" on special teams: "When you watch him play, you look at his stats, you're like 'Why would they draft him?' But this guy is a very tough football player. He's big, he's fast, he's physical. He's going to be a demon on special teams. He's going to make it hard on everybody to make a move with him but I think he's going to be here for a while just because of his mental makeup. He's a heck of a person. He's going to work extremely hard and when you have a guy who's that big and that fast, loves the competition, loves to play the special teams, loves to block safeties and corners and all that, you'll find a spot for him on the football team."
6. He's comfortable wherever the Redskins play him:As mentioned, Spencer is perfectly willing to play where Gruden tells him.
"I'm comfortable in doing whatever position they put me in. If they put me out there, I'm going to give 110 percent effort and I'm going to do whatever I can to make this team better. … I feel that I can play [wide receiver], inside and outside. My goal is just to learn as much as I can in order to be able to do both and then whenever my number's called my job is to go out there and make a play."
7. Spencer has experienced all kinds of seasons as a football player:Spencer's freshman year had some adversity when Ohio State went 6-7. The next two years got better, but they were tinged with the dissatisfaction of bowl sanctions. In his senior year, he won the National Championship.
"From the time I got there to the time I left, I wouldn't change a thing… 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."