• 2013 SEC Academic Honor Roll
• 2013 Wuerffel Award Finalist
• 2013 SEC Co-Specialist of the Week (Nov. 30)
• 2013 Allstate-AFCA Good Works Team
• 2013 CFPA Placekicker Trophy Watch List
• 2012 Second Team All-SEC (AP)
• 2012 SEC Specialist of the Week (Nov. 6 and Nov. 26)
• 2012 SEC Academic Honor Roll
• 2011 SEC Academic Honor Roll
Carey Spear made Vanderbilt kickoffs a must-watch exchange. While the NCAA's new kickoff rules made touchbacks more common in 2013, Spear was an absolute animal as a junior, launching himself like a missile at opposing ballcarriers. No one at Dudley Field would have batted an eye if James Franklin had found a way to sneak him in for a few plays at safety against Austin Peay last fall.
Additionally, Spear was good, but not great as a kickoff specialist. As noted above, his touchback numbers while kicking off from the 30 yard line were average. He was pretty damn good as a kicker, but he wasn't totally automatic. In a league with only 30 kickers, he may not be bulletproof enough to find a spot on someone's roster next fall. After making 20 of 24 kicks as a junior, Spear's accuracy dropped and he made 15 of 19 kicks as a senior, ceding his preseason All-SEC spot to Georgia's Marshall Morgan.
Projection: Undrafted. As a kicker, Spear's odds of being picked up in the NFL Draft were already low. If he doesn't play on Sundays, it won't be due to a lack of effort. Spear worked his ass off at Vanderbilt both on and off the field. He filled out every facet of his game to become one of the most reliable kickers in the NCAA. Spear can find a home in the NFL if he finds the right opportunity. He has the leg, the accuracy, and the attitude to do so. Signing with a team that doesn't have a locked-in veteran kicker will be the first step towards getting there.