Spear's winning FG results in SEC Co-Specialist of the Week honors
Dec. 2, 2013
Vanderbilt senior placekicker Carey Spear has been named the Southeastern Conference Co-Specialist of the Week after his contributions to a 23-21 victory over Wake Forest on Saturday in the regular-season finale.
Spear, a third-year captain, made three field goals, including a game-winning 38-yarder with 39 seconds left. He also connected on attempts from 41 and 25 yards away and accounted for Vanderbilt’s last nine points. His 13th field goal of the season – out of 17 attempts – was a no-doubter, splitting the uprights to lift the Commodores to their fourth straight win and a second consecutive eight-win regular season.
Spear shared the honor with Auburn’s Chris Davis. The kickoff/punt returner delivered a dramatic finish against Alabama when he returned a missed field goal 100 yards for the game-winning touchdown as time expired.
Spear holds three school records, including a single-season best of 20 field goals in 2012. He is third in all-time scoring by a kicker at Vanderbilt with 199 points. On Saturday, he also passed Johnny Clark (36, 1986-89) for fourth-most field goals made at Vanderbilt.
Spear, a native of Mayfield Village, Ohio, has made 37 of 48 field goal attempts in his career.
Earlier this season, for his contributions off the field, he was named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. He is also one of 12 finalists for the Wuerffel Trophy, which is awarded to the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement.
He is the sixth Commodore to earn weekly honors from the SEC this season. Wesley Johnson was named Offensive Lineman of the Week after his efforts against Georgia in October. Then, two weeks later, Caleb Azubike was named Defensive Lineman of the Week after his play against Florida to start a string of four straight weeks in which a VU played was recognized. Wide receiver Jordan Matthews was named Offensive Player of the Week after his performance against Kentucky. Last week, Chase Garnham was named Defensive Player of the Week and Paris Head was named Freshman of the Week for their contributions against Tennessee.