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Gholston's emergence continues with eight tackles

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December

Bucs rookie defensive lineman William Gholston continues to improve his production in the final weeks of his first NFL season, resetting his season high for tackles in each of the last three games.

On Sunday, that meant eight total tackles, giving him 15 in the past three games, the most among Bucs defensive linemen in that span -- Gerald McCoy and Adrian Clayborn are next-closest with nine each. Gholston also batted down two San Francisco passes at the line of scrimmage, something he credits to technique as much as his long arms.

"Just make sure you don't jump," Gholston said of his swatting technique. "Once you get to the level of the quarterback and see him about to release it, that's when you put your hand up. We work on it every day."

Gholston said he's already gotten a look at the Rams and their offensive line in preparation for Sunday's road game. He has a personal interest in two of the tackles he'll face -- he went to Michigan State and Rams star Jake Long is a Michigan alum, while another starting tackle, Joe Barksdale, is from Detroit, like Gholston, who played against his younger brother growing up.

Gholston had the fourth-most snaps of any defensive lineman Sunday with 38, and said after spending the first half of the season getting used to a new system and life in the NFL, he's seen great progress in the past month.

"Once I got acclimated to the system, learned the playbook and got everything down, I got a chance to start to use my physical traits and everything started to click," he said.

[Last modified: Monday, December 16, 2013 4:32pm]

    

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