Rookie DT Roy Miller can't wait for Sunday to make his pro debut - and face the team that dominated his formative years as a Texas native.
"It's my first game and I'm excited about that," said the 6-foot-2, 310-pounder from Killeen. "I can't wait. Growing up in Texas, that's all you hear about - the Cowboys. I have a lot of people back home calling and texting to say, 'Aw, you're going against my Cowboys.' I'm just excited, because I feel really good about this team. We have a lot of great players. And just being able to go in a game with them means a lot to me."
Miller, a third-round pick out of Texas, has been impressive during practice and preseason games. He took first-team reps Friday while the team rested starter Ryan Sims, coach Raheem Morris said.
"Roy was going to work with the first (team Friday) no matter what," Morris said. "We've got that constant rolling (players) in. We just held out Ryan Sims (Friday). We had that extra day."
The Bucs plan to use a rotation of at least seven defensive linemen. Miller says he's thrilled to have a chance to contribute, and fortunate to be learning from players such as Sims and T Chris Hovan.
morris says not about him: Morris didn't miss a beat when asked this week: Would the magnitude of the moment hit him before his first regular-season game as head coach Sunday?
"You know, this thing's not about me," he said. "It's not my moment. It's our moment. ... If I'm worried about me and my moment, the Dallas Cowboys are probably going to beat my butt.
"I've got to get myself prepared to play a really good team ... and maybe a great team, and you have to be determined to play this talented team, coached by a talented guy (Wade Phillips) who's been in this league a long time and doesn't care about Raheem's moment. And neither do I at this point.
"I'll have time for my moment, hopefully, when I'm (former Bucs secondary coach and now Steelers coach) Mike Tomlin. Not even Mike Tomlin, because he won't talk about his moment yet. When I'm sitting in some broadcast booth and you guys are colleagues, I'll talk about my moment."
MORRIS INITIATIVE: After practice, Morris announced his Be the Ultimate Character Student (BUCS) program. The initiative will teach Hillsborough and Pinellas county students character-based lessons on education and athletics. Morris will host a video podcast to air in middle schools and high schools and on buccaneers.com. Since becoming coach, Morris has focused his community outreach on education.
INJURY REPORT: Morris said CBE.J. Biggers (shoulder) is out. TEJohn Gilmore (ankle) and LB Adam Hayward (ankle) are doubtful. WRs Antonio Bryant (knee) and Michael Clayton (ankle) are probable. DE Kyle Moore (groin) is questionable.
MILITARY APPRECIATION: The Glazer Foundation is hosting a military supply drive Sunday with the team's annual Military Appreciation game. Fans are asked to donate coffee, hygiene items, nonperishable food and new or slightly used CDs and DVDs. Volunteers from the nonprofit group Support Our Troops will be at the yellow collection stations outside all gates and club entrances at Raymond James Stadium from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Donated items will be shipped to military bases.