Billy Napier hires defensive line coach with NFL and Power 5 experience, per report
Billy Napier has reportedly hired his defensive line coach, and the new assistant comes with NFL and extensive college coaching experience.
Sean Spencer, a Hartford, Conn. native, is expected to be the next defensive line coach at Florida, Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports reported. He’d recently been hired by Duke, spent the last 2 years with the New York Giants and has experience at Penn State and Vanderbilt over a more than 20-year coaching career.
In a 2020 article on Giants.com, Spencer offered a glimpse into his coaching style and demeanor.
“I can’t change, man,” he said. “I’m coming hard every day. Those guys know about my energy and they have gotten to experience it a little bit. I told them today that wasn’t a one-time thing yesterday and that it’s going to be like that every day. It’s the way you bring it. You can bring positive energy and be excited without being berating to somebody. They can feel when you’re upset and feel when you’re happy. I have to coach like that. When I leave the practice field, I have to be completely sweaty or I didn’t do a good job.”
In 2019, Penn State had 45 sacks, the seventh-highest total in the nation and third-best in the Big Ten. It was Penn State’s fifth consecutive season with at last 40 sacks, the first such streak for the Nittany Lions since team sacks were recorded in 1988. In 2015 and ’18, Penn State led the nation in sacks. Meanwhile, his unit also helped them finish first in the nation last season by allowing only 2.6 yards-per-carry.