After playing sparingly as a redshirt freshman in 2003, Spencer turned it on as a sophomore. He finished the year with 33 tackles, 9.5 for loss, and 7.5 sacks, while forcing three fumbles. Spencer drew more attention as a junior, and his numbers dipped to just 23/7.5/3 with three forced fumbles. Spencer bounced back with a phenomenal senior year, earning All American honors after posting 86 tackles, 26.5 for loss, and 10.5 sacks.
Spencer is a big time threat off the edge. He constantly applies pressure from the outside and is always battling to make the play. He is a solid athlete, with good quickness. He gets a great burst off the line and used it to gain an initial step, but also has the strength to create space with his hands. He shows good pop at the point of attack and the quickness to break down and move towards the quarterback.
Even though he plays with enough power to play end in the NFL, he may lack the pure bulk to be an every down end. He also will need work playing off the line and in space.
Anthony Spencer is a very good pass rusher who can provide consistent pressure off the edge. He gets good leverage and can hold his own in run blocking. If he can add some weight to sustain more of a pounding in the NFL, he may develop into a starting caliber DE. His best fit may be as a 3-4 OLB with his pass rushing ability. Spencer has really risen on many boards, and could land in the first round on draft day.