Tim Spruill
Tim Spruill
Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Savage, Md.

High School:
Hammond H.S.

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 175

Position:
DB

HONORS: 2000—Honorable mention All-ACC.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

2000—Rebounded from a tough year in 1999 to become a solid contributor in the secondary … was the only player on the roster with any significant playing time at corner-back coming into the season … was looked upon to be a leader as a result and his experience paid off … missed the Richmond game with a case of “turf toe,” but started every other game including the bowl game … was in on 34 tackles and was second on the team with two interceptions … broke up five passes to tie Yubrenal Isabelle for the team lead … made four tackles and intercepted a pass in the opener vs. Brigham Young … his interception led to UVa’s third touchdown … had a fine performance in the win over Wake Forest … was in on four tackles, including one for a loss, intercepted a pass and broke up another … his interception set up a touchdown drive … also broke up a pass in the next three games after Wake Forest … made a season-high seven tackles in the win over North Carolina … followed that with six tackles vs. Georgia Tech … had four tackles in the final regular season game against Virginia Tech … was team’s second-leading tackler against Georgia in the O’ahu Bowl with seven stops … also broke up a pass … awarded his third letter.

1999—Played in all 12 games with six starts (North Carolina, Clemson, Brigham Young, Virginia Tech, Duke, N.C. State) … made 24 tackles, broke up four passes, intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble … saw his playing time decrease late in the season with the return of Antwan Harris and Dwayne Stukes at cornerback … had a season-high seven tackles in the season opener against North Carolina … also broke up a pass in that game … had a big hand in the upset win at Brigham Young … intercepted a pass on BYU’s first drive of the game to set up Virginia’s second touchdown … made a heads up play shortly after halftime … picked up a lateral and scampered 20 yards for a touchdown as Cougar players stood around thinking the ball was dead … had two tackles against Duke … blocked a Blue Devil punt as well … was in on five tackles against Virginia Tech ... recorded three tackles against Illinois in the Micronpc.com Bowl ... lettered.

1998—Played in all 11 regular season games and in the Peach Bowl at cornerback ... started every game except the Georgia Tech contest ... also saw action on UVa’s kick-off return team ... was in on 57 tackles (37 solo, 20 assists) ... second behind Anthony Poindexter in tackles among the team’s defensive backs ... broke up six passes, tying Adrian Burnim for second on the team … picked off one pass ... his 766 plays were the most on the team … started the season opener against Auburn, making two tackles ... had nine tackles, including five solo stops, and broke up two passes in a win over Maryland ... five tackles vs. Duke … also had five tackles, including one for a four-yard loss, against N.C. State … helped seal the win over the Wolfpack with his first career interception ... Virginia held a slim 16-13 lead when he stepped in front of Chris Coleman and intercepted a Jamie Barnette pass at the N.C. State 21-yard line ... Antwoine Womack bolted 21 yards to paydirt on the next play to give Virginia an insur-ance touchdown with 1:20 left in the game … led the team with a career-high 10 tackles against Wake Forest … also broke up one pass in that game … made eight tackles vs. Florida State … broke up a pass and added five tackles in a win over North Carolina in UVa’s final home game … was in on eight tackles and broke up a pass against Virginia Tech in the regular-season finale ... responsible for the third of UVa’s three second-quarter interceptions in the Peach Bowl, all of which led to touchdowns ... returned his interception 22 yards, helping set up a 24-yard scoring pass from Aaron Brooks to Thomas Jones four plays later ... also credited with four solo tackles ... lettered for the first time.

1997—Did not play.

1996—Red-shirted ... did not play in a game ... was in uni-form against Central Michigan, Maryland, Clemson and Miami in the Carquest Bowl.

HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year starter and letterman at Hammond High School for head coach Joe Russo ... played quarterback, running back, wide receiver and defensive back during his high school career ... earned All-America honors as a senior ... two-time All-State, All-Region and All-Metro selection ... earned All-County hon-ors three times ... as a senior in 1995, rushed 116 times for 886 yards and 13 touchdowns, caught three passes for 115 yards, passed for 786 yards and seven touchdowns, and was in on 43 tackles, had four interceptions and recovered one fumble ... as a junior in 1994, carried the ball 103 times for 1,063 yards and 10 touchdowns, caught two passes for 25 yards and one touchdown, passed for 1,127 yards and 10 touchdowns, and was in on 27 tackles, had seven interceptions and recovered one fumble ... in 1993 as a sophomore, he carried the ball 58 times for 508 yards and seven touchdowns, passed for 115 yards and a touchdown, and was in on 15 tackles, had three intercep-tions and recovered two fumbles ... rushed 27 times for 305 yards and two touchdowns, and caught two passes for 55 yards and a touchdown as a freshman in 1992.

PERSONAL: Timothy Carnell Spruill ... born 4-25-77 in Hampton, Va. ... son of Julia Haggar ... has two siblings ... Nathaniel Haggar, an uncle, played football at East Carolina ... has served as an assistant coach with a Pee-Wee football team and as a tutor in world history ... anthro-pology major