54 Spencer Nelms

Spencer Nelms Ohio State
usaUnited States
Decatur, GA
High School
Past Teams
Ohio State
1981, 1982, 1983

Post-OSU Update: Spencer Nelms earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Ohio State and received a post-grad scholarship and attended Columbia Law where he then earned a Doctorate of Law and Masters in Public Administration.

After school, Nelms worked for various state and federal government agencies, including the IRS. He was a budget analyst for several of Bill Clinton’s cabinets. In 2016, Nelms passed away at the age of 52. He left behind a wife and two children (he was predeceased by one of his children). (updated: Mar. 2024)

Major: Political Science and English (1983), Telecommunications (1981-82)

Weight: 242 (1983), 223 (1982), 234 (1981)

1983 Media Guide: Reported for spring drills heavier, stronger and more active … considered one of the most improved players in spring practice for 1983.

1982: The starting middle guard, playing a total of 200 minutes … made 55 tackles.

1982 Media Guide: Entered Ohio State in the winter quarter of 1981 and made a 3.65 grade average … a strong contender to start in 1982 … has good quickness and is extremely active.

1981: Was the top defensive line replacement in 1981, seeing action at both tackle positions as well as middle guard … played in all 12 games as a freshman for a total of 110 minutes.

1981 Media Guide: An outstanding athlete and an exceptional young man … entered Ohio State in the Winter Quarter and made a 3.65 point hour … Buckeye coaches were impressed with his athletic ability and quickness to learn … quiet, discerning with unusual maturity.

High School: Won all-Georgia honors at Lakeside High … hobbies are reading and music … graduated from high school in three and a half years … entered Ohio State in the winter quarter of 1981.

Personal: Hobbies are reading and music.


SeasonTeamGGSTklSoloAsstTFLTFL YdsSacksSack YdsFFFRIntInt YdsPBUBlkDef TD
1981Ohio State12122715111111NA210NANA0
1982Ohio State11955302522000000NA00
1983Ohio State12117346277182110110300