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Rookie camp isn't pretty

The Bucs wrapped up their first day of rookie camp a little while ago here at One Buc Place.

Gruden_3 It's an annual event that really can provide some interesting stories as guys from various backgrounds and a wide variety of talent levels try to follow their NFL dreams.

It can also be an adventure for coaches, who have only one day of preparation to get these guys on the same page -- even though they've probably never met and certainly haven't played together.

"For all these guys, it's a big learning curve," coach Jon Gruden said. "Some of these guys were in a spread offense and have never been in a two-back set. A lot of college football teams we styudy don't even use a fullback. So, for some of our linebackers to read a two-back set, it's almost impossible. They've never done it."

It turns into something of a fire drill at times.

"To try to get 42 or 44 new faces on the same page, understanding the snap count and getting the center-quarterback exchange can be challenging," he said.

But the players did as well as can be expected, Gruden said. Perhaps that's because they've been here since a little after dawn prepping and installing a handful of plays.

Here are some of the guys who are hoping to see their dreams fulfilled this weekend, even if they are all considered long shots:

DE Tommy Blake, TCU
DT Chris Bradwell, Troy
DE Daniel Brooks, Jackson State
K Art Carmody, Louisville
T Jared Carnes, USF
G Jackie Claude, Florida State
LB Derrick Doggett, Oregon State
WR Wes Doyle, San Diego
CB Bryan Flowers, Jacksonville
DE Vegas Franklin, Miami
CB Byron Garvin, Kansas State
RB Lavarius Giles, Jackson State
K Chris Gould, Virginia
T, Floyd Headen, West Texas State
WR Bruce Hocker, Duquesne
S Anthony Houlis, Florida State
WR Amari Jackson, USF
CB Brandon Jackson, Georgia Southern
S Kyle Jackson, Florida State
FB Langston Johnson, Yale
LB Adam Kadela, Northwestern
QB Sam Keller, Nebraska
T Adam Kieft, Central Michigan
TE Gerard Landry, Southern
TE Jon Loyte, Boston College
LB, Ron McCullough, Bethune-Cookman
LB Corey McKeon, Nebraska
DT Tywain Miles, Tarleton State
DT Alphonso Moran, Kansas State
WR Derrick Richards, Utah
C John Rochford, Miami
CB Junior Rosegreen, Auburn
LS Garrison Sanborn, Florida State
G Pat Schwenke, West Texas A&M
RB Clifton Smith, Fresno State
LB Gian Villante, Hofstra
OL Walter Walker, USF
FB  Stan White, Ohio State

[Daniel Wallace, Times]

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:02pm]


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