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Bucs' Jacquies Smith aims for 10-sack mark

Bucs defensive end Jacquies Smith, picked up off of waivers this season, is second on the team with six sacks and says he’s shooting for double digits.
Bucs defensive end Jacquies Smith, picked up off of waivers this season, is second on the team with six sacks and says he’s shooting for double digits.
Published Dec. 10, 2014

TAMPA — DE Jacquies Smith's success for the Bucs this year — six sacks since being claimed off waivers after the season opener — might seem to have come out of nowhere, but with three games left in the season, he's focused on a goal he made before the season: finishing with 10 sacks.

"I'm not going to lie. This year, I said I wanted to be a double-digit sack guy," Smith said Monday after getting two sacks in Sunday's loss to the Lions. "I want to get to 10 sacks. I have three games left, and that's one of my personal goals. I've always felt if I was going to be on the field, it was going to start with pass rushing, so I set a goal for myself in the offseason."

The last Buc with 10 sacks was Simeon Rice in 2005. DT Gerald McCoy also has a shot with 8.5 sacks, though he's recovering from a knee injury that briefly sidelined him Sunday. Smith has five sacks in his past four games as his playing time has increased, putting him on course to challenge for the goal he set in preseason while with the Bills.

"We'll see what happens," he said. "I'd much rather have wins than personal success, but if everybody comes to play, to do what you need to do. I feel like as a football player, you have to have personal goals, because personal goals ultimately help your team get to victory. We haven't done enough to get wins, but every football player has personal goals for themselves."

MCCOY NOMINATED: McCoy, who has taken criticism for his practice of helping opponents up off the field at the end of plays, is the Bucs' nominee for the NFL's inaugural Sportsmanship Award, which will be unveiled after the season. Each team had a nominee. Former Bucs DT Roy Miller was the Jaguars' nominee.

THIS AND THAT: The Bucs are the NFL's only team without a home win, with two more shots (against the Packers and Saints) to avoid being the league's first team to go 0-8 at home since 2009. … K Patrick Murray is tied for second in the NFL with five field goals of 50 yards or longer. Atlanta's Matt Bryant, an ex-Buc, has six.

Contact Greg Auman at gauman@tampabay.com and (813) 226-3346. Follow @gregauman.

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