Bucs make Selmon at home
The Bucs broke out the "Oklahoma Drill" on Wednesday morning in one of the most intense drills you'll see.
It was no coincidence it came with former Sooner great and Bucs Hall of Fame defensive end Lee Roy Selmon present. The exercise pits a blocker against a would-be tackler with the running back charged with following the blocker and making it past a cone behind the defender.
End Kevin Carter had, perhaps, the day's most exciting play when he tossed aside tackle Donald Penn and buried Kenneth Darby, eliciting rousing cheers from the defense and fans.
It was the perfect antidote to the sameness of camp, Carter said.
"It kind of breaks the monotony of knocking heads and doing the same old thing," he said. "Those kinds of things, although it kind of gets us rowdy, it brings us together and gets us hyped."
Said Selmon: "I thought it was nice. Defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and coach Jon Gruden) put that in specifically because they saw me. … Nah. It was great. It gets the guys whooping and hollering a little bit, and they had some fun."
Little guy's big day
Bucs fan Anthony Best of Nashville experienced a dream come true Wednesday. Best, 11, who is battling terminal cancer, visited camp and was chosen as "Fan of the Day," enabling him to meet several Bucs, including his favorites: Derrick Brooks, right, and Carter, a former Titan. They signed autographs and posed for photos. And coach Jon Gruden even knelt next to Best's wheelchair, showing him a checklist of "good" and "bad" plays from practice.
Best's grandparents, Danny and Teresa Hobbs, are long-time Bucs ticket holders and former Belleair residents.
Quote of the day
"He's kind of like the white tiger at Busch Gardens. He doesn't come out every day. But when he does, you're glad you saw it because he's exciting."
Coach Jon Gruden on the sporadic practice habits of 36-year-old receiver Joey Galloway
Stephen F. Holder and Joe Smith, Times staff writers
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