One of just two undrafted rookies to make the Chargers’ opening day roster, Spencer Pulley went on to play in all 16 games for the Bolts in 2016. A versatile performer, Pulley saw action at center and both guard spots during his rookie campaign.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed with Chargers, May 10, 2016.
2017: Started all 16 games at C, marking the first starts of his career…Part of a line that kept QB Philip Rivers upright to throw for 4,515 yards and 28 TDs with 10 INTs on 360-of-575 passing (96.0 passer rating)…Part of a unit that allowed Rivers time to post seven games with a passer rating above 105 and nine games above 100, including one game with a passer rating of 149.1 (third highest of career)…Blocked for Rivers to reach 342 career passing TDs, tying Hall of Fame QB Fran Tarkenton for sixth in NFL history…Provided time for Rivers to reach 50,000 career regular-season passing yards, finishing the season ranked ninth on the all-time passing yards list with 50,348…Allowed protection for Rivers to finish the year with 4,171 completions, good for seventh on the all-time completions list…Blocked for RB Melvin Gordon to rush for 1,105 yards and eight TDs on 284 attempts (3.9 avg.) for his first 1,000-yard rushing season…Member of an offensive line that allowed the fewest sacks in the NFL (18)…Led all Chargers offensive players with 1,056 offensive snaps…at Denver (Sept. 11): Opened the game at C for the first start of his career, playing all 59 offensive snaps…Part of a line that allowed one sack against a Denver defense that posted a league-high 94 sacks over the previous two seasons (2015-16)…Allowed time for QB Philip Rivers to throw for three TDs, the 49th game of his career with three-plus TD passes...vs. Miami (Sept. 17): Started at C, seeing action on 58 plays on offense…Protected QB Philip Rivers as he threw for 331 yards and a TD on 31-of-39 passing (110.6 passer rating)…Rivers’ 79.5 completion percentage was his highest since posting a percentage of 82.9 vs. Detroit to open the 2015 season (Sept. 13, 2015)…vs. Kansas City (Sept. 24): Appeared on 73 offensive snaps after opening the game at C…vs. Philadelphia (Oct. 1): Played in the 20th game of his career, starting at C and played on 57 offensive snaps…Provided protection for QB Philip Rivers to complete 22-of-38 pass attempts for 347 yards and two TDs (105.9 passer rating), his second 300-yard performance of the season and 53rd of his career…at New York Giants (Oct. 8): Started at C, appearing on all 78 offensive snaps…Helped block for RB Melvin Gordon to post 105 rushing yards on 20 attempts (5.3 avg.), and register 58 receiving yards and two TDs on a game-high six catches (9.7 avg.)…Part of a unit that did not allow a sack on the day, allowing QB Philip Rivers time to throw for 258 yards and three TDs, marking his second three-TD performance of the season and 50th of his career…Protected Rivers to surpass 47,000 career yards and move ahead of Hall of Fame QB Fran Tarkenton to rank 10th for the most passing yards in league annals…at Oakland (Oct. 15): Started at C, playing all 65 snaps on offense…Opened holes for RB Melvin Gordon to post his second-consecutive game with 150-plus yards from scrimmage…Part of a unit that allowed one sack, keeping QB Philip Rivers upright to complete 25-of-36 passes for 268 yards and a TD (100.2 passer rating)…It marked Rivers’ third game of the season with a passer rating above 100…On a screen pass to Gordon, provided blocking downfield to lead Gordon to a score…vs. Denver (Oct. 22): Appeared on all 58 offensive snaps after opening the game at C…Provided time for QB Philip Rivers to post 183 yards and two TDs on 15-of-26 passing (105.1 passer rating) for the quarterback’s 100th career victory…It marked the third game of the season with a passer rating greater than 105 and the fourth higher than 100…at New England (Oct. 29): Started at C, playing all 58 offensive snaps…Helped pave the way for RB Melvin Gordon to rush for a season-high 132 yards and an 87-yard TD on 14 carries (9.4 avg.)…at Jacksonville (Nov. 12): Started at C and saw action on all 69 plays on offense, marking the 25th game played for his career…Provided time for QB Philip Rivers to throw for 235 yards and two TDs with an INT on 21-of-37 (56.8 pct.) passing to move past Hall of Fame QB Warren Moon (3,988) for eighth, at the time, on the all-time completions list…vs. Buffalo (Nov. 19): Started at C, appearing on 66 offensive snaps…Provided protection for QB Philip Rivers and QB Kellen Clemens to throw for a combined 284 passing yards and two TDs for a 108.4 passer rating, including Rivers completing 20-of-32 passes (62.5 pct.) for 251 yards and two TDs (107.7 passer rating) through three quarters…It marked the fifth game of the season for Rivers with a passer rating above 100 and the fourth above 105…Blocked for RB Melvin Gordon and RB Austin Ekeler to combine for 120 rushing yards and two TDs on 26 carries (4.6 avg.)…at Dallas (Nov. 23): Started at C and played all 68 snaps on offense…Part of a line that allowed QB Philip Rivers to throw for 434 yards and three TDs on 27-of-33 passing (81.8 pct.) for a 149.1 passer rating…It marked the ninth 400-yard game, 54th 300-yard game and 51st three-TD game of Rivers’ career…The 149.1 passer rating ranked third in his career…On the first TD pass, provided Rivers time to move through his progressions to find TE Hunter Henry in the middle of the end zone matched up with S Byron Jones for a three-yard score…vs. Cleveland (Dec. 3): Played all 70 snaps on offense after opening the contest at C…Blocked for QB Philip Rivers to complete 31 passes on 43 attempts (72.1 pct.) for 344 yards and a TD (103.2 passer rating), marking the 55th 300-yard game of Rivers’ career…Protected Rivers to reach 3,000 yards on the year for the 12th consecutive season, which also brought his career total past 49,000…The victory gave Rivers 103 for his career, good for sole possession of 13th in league history, breaking a tie with Hall of Fame QB Warren Moon…Provided blocking for RB Melvin Gordon to rush for 77 yards on 19 carries (4.1), including blocks of LB Christian Kirksey and LB Joe Schobert on Gordon’s 29-yard run in the third quarter…vs. Washington (Dec. 10): Started at C and played all 72 snaps on offense…Provided protection for QB Philip Rivers to post the 104th victory of his career and pass Hall of Fame QB Warren Moon (49,324) for ninth in all-time passing yards…Blocked for Rivers to post 319 passing yards and two TDs on 18-of-31 passing (58.1 pct.) for a 114.9 passer rating, marking the 56th career game of 300-plus passing yards…Provided a block on RB Melvin Gordon’s one-yard TD run in the third quarter…at Kansas City (Dec. 16): Played all 64 snaps on offense after opening the game at C…Blocked for RB Melvin Gordon to post 78 rushing yards and a TD on 19 attempts (4.1 avg.) and six catches for 91 yards (15.2 avg.)…Gordon’s 169 yards from scrimmage were a season high and rank second in the running back’s career…Made a sealing block on Gordon’s two-yard TD run in the second quarter, bringing Gordon into a tie for the No. 9 in career rushing TDs in Chargers history…at New York Jets (Dec. 24): Started at C, playing all 73 snaps on offense…Provided time for QB Philip Rivers to pass Hall of Fame QB John Elway (4,123) for eighth on the all-time completions list, finishing 22-of-40 passing (55.0 pct.) for 290 yards and a TD (86.5 passer rating)…It marked Rivers’ ninth 4,000-yard season of his career, becoming the fourth player in NFL history to achieve 4,000 yards in nine-plus seasons (Peyton Manning with 14, Drew Brees with 12 and Tom Brady with nine)…Blocked for RB Melvin Gordon to post 81 rushing yards and a TD on 19 carries (4.3 avg.) and haul in three catches for 47 yards (15.7 avg.), allowing Gordon to surpass 1,000 rushing yards for the first season of his career…vs. Oakland (Dec. 31): Started at C, appearing on all 70 offensive snaps…Protected QB Philip Rivers to throw for 387 yards and three TDs on 28-of-37 passing (75.7 pct.) for a 135.8 passer rating…It marked Rivers’ 57th 300-yard game and his 52nd three-TD game…Rivers’ three TD passes brought his career total to 342, tying Hall of Fame QB Fran Tarkenton for sixth in NFL history…Provided time for Rivers to eclipse 50,000 career regular-season passing yards, making him the ninth player in league annals to do so…Blocked for RB Melvin Gordon to register 93 rushing yards on 17 attempts (5.5 avg.) and six catches for 31 receiving yards (5.2 avg.)…The rushing yardage pushed Gordon into seventh in Chargers history.
2016: NFL debut Sept. 11 at Kansas City...saw offensive line action at both left and right guard...Oct. 2 vs. New Orleans took over at right guard when injury to Chris Hairston forced re-shuffling of offensive line...took over for injured Orlando Franklin (concussion) at left guard late in third quarter of Nov. 6 win vs. Tennessee (43-35)...helped Melvin Gordon rush for final 84 of 196 yards in final quarter, including two key third-down runs late in contest to put game away...replaced injured Franklin at left guard Dec. 11 at Carolina...took over at center for injured Matt Slauson Dec. 24 at Cleveland.
COLLEGE: Three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll...team captain as senior...started 41 career games, including 37-straight...SEC Offensive Lineman of Week after 2015 win over Missouri...started at center as senior after starting at right guard as sophomore and junior...played at Vanderbilt from 2011-15...human and organizational development major.
PERSONAL: Born in Memphis, Tenn. ...team captain as senior at Evangelical Christian High in Cordova, Tenn. ...Division II-Class A Mr. Football Award as state’s top lineman as senior left tackle...also first-team Division II-A All-State and district offensive line MVP...played in Tennessee East-West All-Star Game...three-year letterman in track and field.