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Amari Spievey (born April 15, 1988) is a former American football safety. He played college football at Iowa. He was considered one of the top cornerback prospects for the 2010 NFL Draft.[1] He was picked in the 3rd round (66th overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft. On August 31, 2013, he was released by the Lions.

Amari Spievey
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Spievey in the 2011 NFL season.
No. 42
Position:Safety
Personal information
Born: (1988-04-15) April 15, 1988 (age 31)
Middletown, Connecticut
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:Xavier
(Middletown, Connecticut)
College:Iowa
NFL Draft:2010 / Round: 3 / Pick: 66
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • 2009 First-team All-Big Ten (Coaches & Sporting News)
  • 2008 Second-team All-Big Ten (Coaches)
  • 2007 Junior College All-American
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:142
Sacks:1.0
Forced fumbles:0
Fumble recoveries:1
Interceptions:5
Player stats at NFL.com

High school careerEdit

Spievey attended Xavier High School, where he played cornerback and running back, and finished his career as the all-time leading rusher in school history. He rushed for 3,606 yards and 50 touchdowns in his career, along with 53 receptions for 858 yards and eight touchdowns.

On defense, Spievey made 87 career tackles and 16 interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns. He was a two-time coaches all-state selection and was named the Connecticut Player of the Year as a senior in 2005, the year the team won the Class LL state championship.

Regarded as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com, Spievey was listed as the #15 prospect from New England.[2]

College careerEdit

Iowa Central Community CollegeEdit

Spievey redshirted his initial year at Iowa to preserve a year of eligibility. Spievey transferred to Iowa Central Community College after being academically ineligible for his sophomore season. There he recorded seven pass interceptions and 242 return yards. He returned two of those interceptions for touchdowns and also scored two touchdowns on kickoff returns and recorded four blocked punts. Iowa Central CC posted 9–2 overall record to earn a No. seven national ranking, and Spievey earned junior college all-American honors.

IowaEdit

In his redshirt sophomore season at Iowa, Spievey started all games at right cornerback and ranked third on the team with 68 tackles, including 43 solo tackles and 25 assists. He also had four pass interceptions and six pass break-ups. The Big Ten coaches named him Second-Team All-Big Ten afterwards. The following year, he was named to the First-Team.

Professional careerEdit

2010 NFL DraftEdit

By mid-season of 2009, Sports Illustrated's Tony Pauline listed Spievey as one of the "risers" for the 2010 NFL Draft.[3] On January 11, 2010, Spievey announced that he would forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft.[4] Spievey was selected by the Detroit Lions as the 2nd pick of the 3rd round (66th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Although he played cornerback in college, Spievey was moved to safety by the Lions to take advantage of his tackling ability and instincts.[5]

Spievey opened the 2011 NFL season as a starter at safety for the Lions.[6]

NFL statisticsEdit

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
2010 DET 15 51 37 14 0.0 0 0 0 2 35 18 26 0 3
2011 DET 15 70 62 8 1.0 0 1 0 3 47 16 30 0 4
2012 DET 5 21 18 3 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 35 142 117 25 1.0 0 1 0 5 82 16 30 0 7

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Key

  • GP: games played
  • COMB: combined tackles
  • TOTAL: total tackles
  • AST: assisted tackles
  • SACK: sacks
  • FF: forced fumbles
  • FR: fumble recoveries
  • FR YDS: fumble return yards
  • INT: interceptions
  • IR YDS: interception return yards
  • AVG IR: average interception return
  • LNG: longest interception return
  • TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
  • PD: passes defensed

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ NFL Draft Scout
  2. ^ "Postseason New England top 20 2006", Rivals.com, January 21, 2006
  3. ^ Pauline, Tony (November 23, 2009), "Notre Dame's Golden Tate in 2010 NFL Draft risers and sliders", Sports Illustrated
  4. ^ Rittenberg, Adam (January 11, 2010). "Iowa's Spievey declares for draft". ESPN. Archived from the original on 15 January 2010. Retrieved January 11, 2010.
  5. ^ http://www.mlive.com/lions/index.ssf/2010/08/lions_move_rookie_amari_spieve.html
  6. ^ http://www.mlive.com/lions/index.ssf/2011/07/amari_spievey_is_starting_safe.html
  7. ^ "Amari Spievey Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 8 June 2015.

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