Spencer Davis Lanning (born May 21, 1988) is an American football punter who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He played college football at South Carolina.
Lanning in Browns training camp, 2012
|Born:||May 21, 1988|
Rock Hill, South Carolina
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight:||200 lb (91 kg)|
|High school:||York (SC) Comprehensive|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 4, 2015|
|Player stats at PFR|
Lanning finished his collegiate career with the South Carolina Gamecocks with 171 punts for a 42.6-yard average and 46 punts inside the 20-yard line. He also played kicker during his final two collegiate seasons, connecting on 34 of 44 field goal attempts and 80 of 84 extra points.
Lanning was originally signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2011.
New York JetsEdit
Sacramento Mountain LionsEdit
In 2012, he signed with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League.
Lanning was signed by the Cleveland Browns on May 2, 2012. Lanning was re-signed as a free agent by the Browns February 13, 2013. On September 22, 2013, in a 31–27 win over the Minnesota Vikings, Lanning recorded a touchdown pass, punt, and an extra point. He became the first player to accomplish such a feat since Sam Baker in 1968. Lanning garnered media attention following a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 7, 2014. When Lanning attempted to tackle Steelers punt returner Antonio Brown, Brown attempted to hurdle the punter but missed, inadvertently kicking Lanning in the facemask. Brown was flagged for roughness on the play and received an $8,200 fine.
Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit
Lanning was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on June 9, 2015. He was later released by the team on August 13, 2015.
The Denver Broncos claimed Lanning off waivers on August 14, 2015. He was released by the team on August 31, 2015.
Chicago Bears (second stint)Edit
The Chicago Bears signed Lanning on October 3, 2015, to punt for Week 4 in place of the injured Pat O'Donnell. He was released by the team on October 6. In his lone game with the Bears, Lanning punted three times for 156 yards with a net average of 35.7.
On November 11, 2014, Lanning became engaged to Brittany Jasenski.
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