The Penn State defense exhibited tremendous durability throughout last season, with the early-season sprained ankle to Jim Shaw the only significant injury among players that started the season-opener with Akron. Against Illinois, safety Donnie Johnson left the game with a slight injury, providing Spencer Ridenhour with an opportunity to log significant playing time. The former linebacker helped the defense and special teams swing the momentum of the game in the second half, recording a season-high three tackles, as the Lions erased a 9-3 halftime deficit in the 26-12 win. A strong and swift athlete, Ridenhour should have an opportunity to gain more playing time this season and will look to challenge Tony Davis at free safety. An all-state running back at White Plains HS, Ridenhour's father, Al, has had a tour of duty in Iraq while his son was at Penn State. A lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marines, the elder Ridenhour was an Anti-Terror Force Protection Officer for the Multi-National Forces in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq.
2006 Junior Season
Playing in every regular-season game for the second consecutive year, Ridenhour had seven tackles and two pass breakups. He made a season-high three tackles in the win over Illinois and had one stop each in four other games. He saw action on 182 snaps, with a career-high 45 against the Illini.
2005 Sophomore Season
Ridenhour played in every game on defense and special teams, recording 14 stops. He was among the top reserves for the talented and deep linebacker unit. Ridenhour made a season-high six tackles (four solo) against Central Michigan and he had five hits in the win at Illinois. He made single hits against Ohio State, Michigan and Wisconsin. Ridenhour was on the field for 180 snaps, topped by 30 against Central Michigan.
2004 Freshman Season
Redshirt season. Ridenhour recorded a game-high tying seven tackles in the Blue-White game with one tackle for loss.
Ridenhour was a four-year, two-way starter as a running back and strong safety for Coach Mark Santa-Donato at White Plains HS. One of the top prospects in the nation coming out of high school, Ridenhour was a first-team all-state pick, a member of the New York State Golden 50, a two-time Section 1 all-star and a three-time all-league pick. He was ranked among The Sporting News Top 100 players in the nation and was TSN's top strong safety prospect in the East. Ridenhour is the school's all-time leading rusher and scorer and ended his career owning eight school records, including career rushing yards (3,676), career touchdowns (57), career rushing TDs (54), season touchdowns (24), rushing TDs in a season (23) and most touchdowns in a game (5). As a senior, he rushed for 1,009 yards on 174 attempts and 23 touchdowns. He also made 55 tackles, returned one interception for a TD and recorded two sacks. An outstanding student, he was a three-time New York State Scholar-Athlete Award winner, won the U.S. Army National Scholar-Athlete Award and the Black Scholar Achievement Award.
Full name is Spencer Sinclair Ridenhour. He is the son of Al and Lani Ridenhour, both of whom were college student-athletes. His father played football at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and his mother played basketball at Tennessee State University. Ridenhour is majoring in human development and family studies. He lists reading and playing the bass as hobbies. Born October 30, 1985 in Jackson, S.C.