Havner Wants to Step it Up

The redshirt freshman linebacker, Spencer Havner, has grown -- both physically and mentally -- he says. He talks about potentially starting at weakside linebacker this season...

Spencer Havner, the redshirt freshman weakside linebacker, looks quite a bit different this year than last. UCLA recently released the most updated height and weight on the players and Havner was 6-4 and 232. With the departure of Audie Attar from the team, he's working with the first team linebackers and could start the Colorado State game.

First, how much do you weigh right now?

"Between 230 and 235."

What's the ideal weight? What weight are you shooting for?

"I like it now. I feel really fast right now and I like the speed. I could possibly get bigger in my upper body and maybe get to 240."

Do you have a goal of when you'd like to reach your ideal playing weight?

"I don't know. It's not like where I am now isn't good. But right now so much of my weight is in my lower body. So, I'm going to continue to work on my upper body, my chest, shoulders, and arms. I think if I continue to get bigger and stronger but keep my speed I could end up at 240. Maybe by the end of the year, or by the end of next summer. I had a great summer this year working out at UCLA.

You ate quite a bit?

"Ate a lot, but also protein shakes and great training from the UCLA trainers."

How did you react to the news of Audie Attar's departure from the team?

"At first, it was kind of a sad deal that Audie had to leave. But then I knew I had to look at it as my time to step up and I have to take advantage of it."

Is there a difference in how comfortable you feel this fall compared to last year?

"The first fall camp and last spring camp, it was still new. I didn't have everything down. But over the summer I studied my playbook, knowing I was getting this opportunity. Now I'm feeling confident with everything I'm doing. I've messed up a couple of times, of course, but usually I'm right on."

Are you a bit wary of actually starting as a redshirt freshman?

"Not at all. I'm really excited. I'm sure I'll make some mistakes and it will be a great learning experience. It will be a whole new experience, but I'm going to be fine. I'll follow the lead of Marcus Reese and the other experienced guys and listen and learn from them."

What's your opinion of the freshmen linebackers?

"They're good. Kirby Joseph is a big man at 240. Justin London is real physical and Wesley Walker is pretty athletic."

What personal goals do you have for the season?

"I'm looking to start. And I'm looking to not let this position fall off at all this year, but actually want to step up this position. I hope I bring a little more pass coverage to the team and quickness. The linebacking corps was very solid last year, and we're coming together and we'll be as solid."

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