Honors & Awards
Wyoming: Helped Nebraska rush for 375 yards, marking the 13th time in 15 games since the start of last season Nebraska has rushed for at least 200 yards. Southern Miss: Helped Nebraska rush for 285 yards, marking the 14th time in 16 games since the start of last season Nebraska has rushed for at least 200 yards. UCLA: Made his 30th career start against the Bruins. SDSU: Paved the way for NU to rush for 335 yards and five TDs.
Senior Spencer Long has been a fixture on the Nebraska offensive line each of the past two seasons, starting all 27 games at right guard. Long is part of a veteran Nebraska offensive line returning for the 2013 season, as the Huskers have three returning starters and five seniors overall with extensive playing experience.
The 6-4, 315-pound Long is the most decorated of Nebraska’s returning offensive linemen. During his junior season, Long was chosen as a consensus first-team All-Big Ten selection, and also earned second-team All-America honors from the Associated Press and the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
Long was the first NU offensive lineman since 2001 to earned first- or second-team All-America honors and just the second-first team all-conference offensive lineman in that same time. This fall, Long figures to be a strong contender for first-team All-America honors and a candidate for the Outland Trophy.
Long has also established himself as one of Nebraska’s top student-athletes. He has been a CoSIDA Academic All-District VII selection and a first-team academic All-Big Ten honoree each of the past two years. Long will be a strong candidate for Academic All-America honors this fall.
A former walk-on, Long was also one of five players to be awarded a scholarship before the start of the 2012 season. His twin brother, Jake, is the projected starter at tight end in 2013.
Long started every game at right guard for the second straight season. His play helped pave the way for a Nebraska offense that led the Big Ten in both rushing offense and total offense. Nebraska posted its best rushing average since 2002, as sophomore I-back Ameer Abdullah racked up 1,137 rushing yards and quarterback Taylor Martinez added 1,019 yards. Overall, Nebraska had 16 individual 100-yard rushing performances this season.
The Nebraska offense gained better than 430 yards in 12 of 14 games and rushed for at least 250 yards eight times in 2012.
Long was one of three Husker offensive linemen to start every game in 2011, and his play helped Nebraska rank 15th nationally in rushing offense at 217.2 yards per game. The Huskers topped 200 rushing yards seven times in 2011, including a trio of 300-yard games on the ground (Washington, Wyoming, and a season-high 346 yards at Minnesota).
The offensive line also played a key role in wearing down the Ohio State defense in a school-record comeback win. The Huskers rushed for 232 yards and had 423 yards of total offense against the Buckeyes, including 195 second-half rushing yards.
The work of Long and the offensive line allowed junior I-back Rex Burkhead to post 1,357 yards on the ground during the 2011 season.
2010 (Redshirt Freshman)
Long added depth in the offensive line, but did not appear in a game.
A walk-on, Long redshirted in his first year at Nebraska.
Before Nebraska (Elkhorn HS)
Long came to Nebraska from long-time prep powerhouse Elkhorn High School, where he helped the Antlers to a 7-3 record in their first season of Class A participation in 2008. Long had a strong performance as a defensive end, and was an honorable-mention all-area selection for Coach Mark Wortman. Long was also a member of the Antlers' 2008 state championship baseball team.
Spencer is the son of Doug and Ann Long, and was born on Nov. 8, 1990. A biological sciences major, Spencer has been named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll each of the last four semesters, after earning spots on the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll each of his first four semesters. Long has volunteered his time with local hospital and school visits.
Long's Career Statistics
» Games Played - 31 (13 in 2011, 14 in 2012; 4 in 2013)
» Games Started - 31 (13 in 2011, 14 in 2012; 4 in 2013)