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McCoy, Donovan Smith high on Bucs rookie DE Noah Spence

Noah Spence had two sacks (and a third TFL) in his best game with Ohio State in a 63-14 drubbing of Donovan Smith's Penn State team in 2013.

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

Noah Spence had two sacks (and a third TFL) in his best game with Ohio State in a 63-14 drubbing of Donovan Smith's Penn State team in 2013.

Bucs rookies continue to make strong first impressions on their new teammates, and Gerald McCoy and Donovan Smith both had high praise for second-round defensive end Noah Spence after Tuesday's OTA practice

"Noah Spence, man," McCoy said. "I did some research on him. One thing I've seen about this kid is that he's always been able to rush the passer. From every level he's been at, he's always been able to rush the passer, and that doesn't just go away. You have to change some things, critique some things when you get to the NFL level,  but being able to rush the passer, it makes you very excited to see what he's going to be able to do, because that's just in his DNA ... I'm very excited for the future to see what's to come."

Smith, entering his second year as the Bucs' starting left tackle, knew what Spence could do before he got to the Bucs -- Spence had two sacks (and a third TFL) in his best game with Ohio State in a 63-14 drubbing of Smith's Penn State team in 2013. Asked about that game Tuesday, Smith's initial reaction was "really bro?" but said he had a good game against Penn State.

"I don't remember," Smith said. "He had a good game against us though, I will tell you that. We didn't play our best as a team. I didn't play my best myself. yeah, he did have a good game."

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 1:41pm]

    

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