Charles Spencer made the switch from defensive tackle to offensive guard last year and emerged as an all-star caliber player...earned All-Big East while providing Pitt with an athletic and tenacious blocker at left guard...his successful transition was even more remarkable considering he did not have the benefit of spring drills prior to the 2004 campaign due to offseason shoulder surgery...enthusiastic dedication to the physical and mental nuances of the position was key to his success...this past spring, Spencer moved to left tackle to help Pitt replace graduated All-Big East performer Rob Petitti, a 2005 Dallas Cowboys draft selection...Spencer took to tackle quite effectively and enters his final season looking to repeat as an All-Big East performer and, perhaps, more..."Charles has a world of potential," offensive line coach Paul Dunn said. "The move from left guard to left tackle this spring was fairly simple for him. We're expecting big things from Charles. He is a tremendous athlete and very strong."
2004: Earned second team All-Big East in his first year on the offensive line...impressive transition to the offensive front earned him Pitt's Most Improved Offensive Player honor...started all 12 games at left guard...made the first offensive start of his career in the opener against Ohio...earned the coaching staff's Blocker of the Game award for the Furman contest.
2003: Earned his second letter serving as a reserve defensive tackle...played in 12 games, missing only the Continental Tire Bowl versus Virginia due to a left shoulder injury...had 19 tackles on the year...had a season-high four tackles against Virginia Tech...had three stops against Kent State and Miami.
2002: Lettered in his first active season, playing in 12 games with two starts at defensive tackle...missed the Insight Bowl due to a left knee sprain...had 20 tackles on the season...started the Boston College and Virginia Tech games, replacing tackle Dan Stephens who was coming off a shoulder injury...impressed in a starting role...finished with four tackles, including a 13-yard sack versus Boston College...totaled a career-high five tackles and a fumble recovery versus Virginia Tech...tallied two tackles versus Texas A&M, Toledo and Syracuse.
2001: Redshirted as a true freshman.
Prep School: Spent the 2000 season at Trinity-Pawling Prep (N.Y)...starter at defensive end and tight end...had a team-high 75 tackles...offensively, had 25 receptions for over 300 yards with three touchdowns...played under Coach David Coratti.
High School: Three-year, two-way starter at Poughkeepsie High...all-county, all-section and all-region honoree...defensive MVP of the Exceptional Senior All-Star Game...four-year letterman under Coach Keith Thompson...also a three-year starter in basketball...first-team All-Poughkeepsie Journal honoree in basketball...Honor Roll student.
Personal: Charles J. Spencer, born 3/17/82, is the son of Charles Spencer Sr., and Gwendolyn Spencer-Taylor...has six sisters...administration of justice major.
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