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David on critcal late-hit penalty: "I was definitely surprised"



Linebacker Lavonte David was the last Bucs player on the field following Sunday's disappointing 18-17 loss to the Jets, slowly walking off before getting consoled by a member of the coaching staff.

Of all the mistakes the Bucs made, including 11 penalties, David's late-hit personal-foul penalty with seven seconds to go was the most glaring, as it set up the Jets game-winning field goal. QB Geno Smith was scrambling near the right sideline, and was just out of bounds when David gave him a shove, resulting in a 15-yard penalty.

David thought Smith was going to continue to run upfield. "I wouldn't have hit him if I didn't think he was going to stay in bounds," David said. "But they said he was out of bounds so they called the penalty..

"I was definitely surprised. You have to live with it and move on."

David had played a strong game up to that point, including racking up an interception. One of the best players on the Bucs defense, he's responsible for making all the calls. And David owned up to his mistake, waiting at his locker for the swarm of media to surround him, answering every question.

David's teammates supported him afterwards, telling him to keep his head up and that one play won't define him. "Lavonte plays at a high speed and plays all out," coach Greg Schiano said. "Unfortrunately, that got him this time."



[Last modified: Sunday, September 8, 2013 7:01pm]


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