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Bucs rookie Lavonte David determined to overcome doubts about his size

Upon meeting Lavonte David for the first time, you can’t help but notice that he does, indeed, appear undersized.

Listed at 6-0 and 233 pounds but appearing slightly smaller, David knows this what you're going to ask him. That’s why, when questions about his size were put to him today on the first day of the Bucs’ rookie minicamp, the Bucs’ second-round draft pick was ready.

“I’ve been doubted my whole life,” said David, a former Nebraska star. “I’ve been living to prove people wrong, and that’s what I’ve been doing. I’m going to try to keep that going.”

Coaches wasted no time getting David and other drafted rookies preparation for OTAs, working with them on drills that will be used when the full team gathers later this month. And David wouldn’t want it any other way.

“You just hit the ground running,” said David, a longtime admirer of Derrick Brooks. “When we got here, it was all about business. That’s the kind of stuff you like. Coach (Greg) Schiano is a great football coach and he’s got a great staff surrounding him.”

As determined and confident David is about overcoming his perceived lack of size, he’s also got humility to him. Asked whether he realized he’s got a great opportunity to win the starting job at weak-side linebacker, David downplayed his status – though it’s clear he’s the presumptive starter there.

“I knew they needed some help, but you can’t take anything for granted,” he said. “You have to come in and pick up where you fit in. I’m going to try my best and continue working and when it’s time to play, be ready, whether it’s on special teams or whatever.”

[Last modified: Friday, May 4, 2012 5:59pm]


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