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Price excited for first NFL start

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September

Nose tackle Brian Price said every Bucs defensive lineman considers themselves starters.

And coach Raheem Morris rotates several guys in and out during games.

But with Price tabbed to make his first NFL start Sunday against the Vikings, the touted 2010 second-round pick is excited for the opportunity, knowing he will have even more to give when he gets completely healthy.

During the offseason, Price had surgery to essentially reattach both hamstrings to his pelvis.

“I’m nowhere near 100-percent,” Price said. “Personally, I’m probably 60-65 percent, so wait until I get 100 percent. That’s what I tell myself and keep going out there, fighting everyday, everyday just to be great. And I have a long way to go and big shoes to fill.”

Morris was pleased with Price’s performance in Sunday’s 27-20 loss to the Lions, noting how he was probably the healthiest he's been as a Buc, and it showed in his disruption and quickness up front. That led Price to emerge as "the dominant guy last week at that position," according to Morris, over the likes of DT Roy Miller and Frank Okam, two players the coach said he wanted to see more out of.  Miller had missed a lot of the preseason with a left MCL sprain.

“I just think Brian deserves it,” Miller said. “I could do better from last week coming off all those weeks off and stuff. I could have a better game and am looking forward to it. I’m just excited, it’s like I’m a prisoner scratching off each day of the calendar – I’ve got a lot to get off my chest.”

-- JOE SMITH

joesmith@sptimes.com

 

[Last modified: Thursday, September 15, 2011 3:26pm]

    

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