Spencer Hadley
Linebacker 2
227 lbs.
Last School
Connell High School
Roster Years
2008 | 2011-2013

Career Summary

Spencer Hadley came to BYU as an all-area first-team receiver, defensive back and kick returner from Connell High School in Washington. He played in 43 games and lettered all four seasons as a Cougar. Hadley recorded 140 total tackles and 4.5 sacks during his career. As a junior he was BYU's fifth leading defensive player with 55 tackles on the season. Hadley notched a career-high 12 tackles as a sophomore against Texas and again as a senior during the BYU's win over Boise State. He was named to the 2013 Butkus Award watch list for his standout performance as a linebacker. See the season summary tabs below and the recognition and stats tabs for more details. 


  • Signed free agent deal with the New Orleans Saints and later with the Oakland Raiders in 2014


  • Born in Oberlin, Ohio
  • Parents are Alan and Kathryn Hadley
  • Served in the California Roseville Mission for the LDS Church and is an Eagle Scout
  • Raised on a dairy farm and lists working cattle and riding horses as a special skill
  • One of eight children
  • Majoring in exercise science
  • Recruited by Air Force, Boston College, Army, Boise State, Brown, Columbia, Harvard, Idaho, Illinois, Montana, Oregon State, Portland State, Pennsylvania, Princeton, Stanford and Yale

Before BYU

  • 1A SCAC East second-team receiver and first-team defensive back and on special teams
  • An all-area first-team receiver, defensive back and kick returner
  • Associated Press 1A first-team offensive and unanimous defensive selection
  • Four-year letterwinner, helping the Eagles to a combined 47-7 record during his four years
  • Also a four-year letterwinner in track and basketball
  • One of only four players in Connell High School history to score over 1,000 points during his career in basketball
  • Totaled 2,713 yards receiving during his career
  • Had 60 carries for 606 yards as a senior, including nine touchdowns  and credited with 34 receptions for 541 yards and 11 touchdowns
  • Under head coach Wayne Riner, helped lead the Eagles to a 13-1 record and a trip to the 1A State Championship game as a senior
BYU Hall of Fame

Freshman Year 2008

  • Earned letterman honors as a freshman
  • Saw action in 11 games
  • Academic All-MWC
  • Contributor on special teams
  • Totaled 13 tackles on the season, including seven solo takedowns
  • Recorded one pass breakup, one quarterback hurry
  • Recorded a forced fumble against UCLA
  • Recovered fumbles versus SDSU and Air Force
Sophmore Year 2011

  • Earned letterman honors as a sophomore
  • Saw action in all 13 games with one start at linebacker
  • Totaled 45 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and one interception
  • Had two tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss in season opener at Ole Miss
  • In first career start had a team-high 12 tackles at Texas
  • Had a 48-yard interception return and a tackle for loss vs. Idaho
Junior Year 2012

  • Earned letterman honors
  • Started all 13 games at outside linebacker, switching from inside
  • Finished fifth on team in total tackles with 55
  • Recorded 9.0 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks (both fourth on the team)
  • Also recorded two fumble recoveries, two quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and one pass breakup
  • Season-high 10 tackles at Utah and 2.0 tackles for loss, including 1.5 sacks
  • Had two sacks vs. Weber State
  • Posted six tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and forced a fumble vs. Utah State
  • Four tackles, one tackle for loss and one quarterback hurry at Notre Dame
  • Recovered a fumble for a touchdown vs. Idaho
Senior Year 2013

  • Named to the Butkus Award watch list
  • College Sports Madness Preseason All-Independent Second Team
  • Recorded four tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one sack, one quarterback hurry and a fumble recovery in win against Georgia Tech
  • On the first play from scrimmage, he notched his second career interception at Houston
  • Recorded a career-high 12 tackles (seven solo) in the win over Boise State
  • Finished the season with 36 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss and one sack, one interception and one fumble recovery
  • Played in six games--suffered season-ending knee injury against Wisconsin
Graduate Year

Redshirt Year

Medical Redshirt Year