Stagg Bowl coverage: Brains and braun — Hank Spencer a leader on MU’s No. 1 defense

As I continue to bring coverage to you from Salem, Virginia on tonight’s Stagg Bowl, I bring you my latest feature at NCAA.com.

Mount Union is entering tonight’s game with the No. 1 defense in the land. Head coach Vince Kehres — who served as the defensive coordinator under his father Larry Kehres — has this defense in rare form. They don’t have many weaknesses, as they don’t let teams move the ball a whole lot.

Their rush defense has allowed an almost unbelievable 44.5 yards a game, while the pass defense has allowed 143.8 yards per game (according to the stats on NCAA.org). Now, I did not get to watch everyone of their games, but considering that they were winning games by 40 points for much of the season, you can safely assume that those passing numbers are inflated from having to throw for most of the fourth quarter. My point is, this defense is fierce.

Tom Lally got a lot of recognition en route to his AFCA All-American honors on Tuesday. He led the nation in sacks with 18 and was a huge part of the Purple Raiders charge. He wasn’t alone, however. Kehres knows how lucky he is to have a solid core of seniors that have — for the most part — now been to four Stagg Bowls.

Hank Spencer is one of those seniors. He is a senior linebacker who took home the Gene Slaughter Award this past season, which honors the best linebacker in the Ohio Athletic Conference.  He is also the recipient of the 2015 NCAA Elite 90 Award.

What’s that you ask? It is awarded to the student-athlete who has the highest GPA at an NCAA Championship event. What’s more is that this is Spencer’s third straight year winning the award. He did it this year behind a 3.99 GPA. Oh, he also happens to be a three-time captain.

The Computer Science major already has a job lined up that he will start in just a few weeks.

But first there is the unfinished business of the Stagg Bowl.

The link below takes you to my feature story that ran on Spencer yesterday at NCAA.com.  To hear what he has to say and learn his whole story, give it a read!

Mount Union football: Hank Spencer enjoys success on the field and off

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