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: November 17, 2012, 02:56:04 PM

From the Buccaneers public relations department:

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have signed DT Matthew Masifilo to their 53-man roster.

Masifilo joins the Buccaneers from the San Francisco 49ers practice squad. He originally entered the league with the 49ers as an undrafted rookie out of Stanford in 2012, and has spent the 2012 season on San Francisco's practice squad. With the 49ers in the preseason, he recorded seven tackles and a forced fumble.

A four-year letterman at Stanford, Masifilo started the final 26 games of his career, earning honorable mention All-Pac-10 following his junior year.

The team also announced they have waived DE Markus White.


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#1 : November 17, 2012, 05:12:13 PM

Masifilo will join former Stanford teammate Chris Owusu in Tampa.

On Saturday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers plucked the rookie defensive tackle off the San Francisco 49ers' practice squad, signing him to their active roster.  To make room for Masifilo on the 53-man squad, the Buccaneers released second-year DE Markus White.


Had the Bucs not come calling, Masifilo, a Stanford product, would have had a long weekend in the Bay area leading up to the 49ers' Monday night game against Chicago.  Instead, he found himself on a cross-country flight to the other Bay area.  Masifilo's new team plays on the road against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, though it's unlikely that the newest Buccaneer would suit up just a day after signing.


The 6-3, 280-pound Masifilo played both end and tackle at Stanford and finished his career with 117 tackles and 7.5 sacks.  As a starter over the last two seasons, he racked up 67 tackles, 6.5 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss.  He hails from Ewa Beach, Hawaii.


Masifilo signed with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent this past May, getting a chance to play for Jim Harbaugh, his former head coach at Stanford.  He was waived in the final roster cuts but then signed to the practice squad during the first week of the season.  During the preseason, Masifilo contributed seven tackles and a forced fumble.


White was signed to the Bucs' active roster from the practice squad on Wednesday, the second time this year he has made that move.  He also appeared on Washington's active roster earlier this year and for much of his 2011 rookie season.http://www.buccaneers.com/news/article-1/Bucs-Nab-DT-Masifilo-off-49ers-Practice-Squad/f4aa2502-7d33-485a-a3d4-c72d0df0493d


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#2 : November 17, 2012, 05:23:12 PM

Stanford's Masifilo happy with his decision
By Kevin Gemmell, ESPN.com
If there were questions -- and there probably were -- Matt Masifilo didn't hear them.
If there were shocked faces -- and there probably were -- Matt Masifilo didn't see them.
Still, it just didn't make sense. Masifilo could have had his pick of almost any other Pac-10 school. Why would the defensive end from
Ewa Beach, Hawaii, want to go to Stanford, a school that was 1-11 his senior year? After all, he was rated the seventh-best defensive
lineman in the country. Top-10 guys like that don't go to 1-11 schools. They rarely go to 6-6 schools. It didn't make sense to anyone.
Except to Masifilo.
"Once you take football out of the equation, it's pretty obvious," Masifilo said in a 2007 interview with Rivals.com.
Oh, that makes sense.
His mind was made up. He had taken his visit to Stanford even before Jim Harbaugh was hired as the new head coach. And while the
eccentric, energetic new skipper coming from FCS University of San Diego might have put Masifilo over the top, he said it's likely he
would have ended up in Cardinal red anyway.
"I saw it as an opportunity for greatness and helping to build a program," Masifilo said. "I wasn't concerned with their record.
Academically, Stanford is second to none. I didn't want to compromise anything. That's how I live my life. If you're going to do
something, don't take the easy road."
And the fifth-year senior is pretty happy with his decision. He's experienced the Cardinal renaissance firsthand and has his fingerprints all
over it. But this year, he's doing his finest work.
While offensive linemen David DeCastro and Jonathan Martin get a great deal of credit for helping their line stay together with three new
starters, Masifilo has had to do the same thing on the defensive side of the ball, with two new starters on the three-man front. Masifilo is
the only holdover from last year's starting trio.
"The main thing we wanted was to get a bond and make sure everyone is fully comfortable and building a level of trust you get when
you're playing next to your brothers," Masifilo said. "That's how we view the defensive line. It's a brotherhood. Almost like a sitcom.
"Everyone is like their own character. It's what makes it fun to hang out and work and train with those guys. Everyone brings their own
personality to the table."
"Growing Pains" wouldn't be a suitable title. The defensive line has been fantastic this season. Terrence Stephens has grown
magnificently into the noseguard role and Ben Gardner has been the pleasant surprise of the season opposite Masifilo at the other
defensive end.
But it's the veteran who has caught coach David Shaw's eye the last few weeks.
"The last couple of weeks, he's really turned it loose," Shaw said. "The last couple of weeks, he's just going. He's made effort plays. He
was our defensive player of the week last week [against Washington]. Just playing at a high level and playing with high intensity and high
After just four tackles in the first three games this season, Masifilo has 12 over the past four -- including 2.5 tackles for a loss.
"I think Matt started a little slow [this year]," Shaw said. "He was really trying to do his job [too hard]. He's the most conscientious kid
you'll find ... and I can't say enough about Ben Gardner. The two of those guys have made some really great, high-effort plays that have
helped out our defense."
The nice thing about being a fifth-year senior is that you command respect. Having started 26 games heading into Saturday's matchup
against USC, Masifilo has been a beacon to many of the younger players on the team -- not just the defensive linemen.
"He's that veteran up front," said linebacker A.J. Tarpley. "He's been in every situation that you can imagine, whether it's a close game,
big opponent or tough place to play on an away game. He's definitely one of the veteran guys on our defense that you can ask anything
and he'll know if we are doing our job. Playing behind him, it's nice to know that he's been in all of those situations before. Nothing is
new to him."


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#3 : November 17, 2012, 05:44:15 PM

I honestly don't know a lot about the guy. Is this just a filler signing, or is he as good as some of this writing suggests?

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#4 : November 17, 2012, 05:48:37 PM

After all, he was rated the seventh-best defensive
lineman in the country.

he didnt have a distinguished college career, but he must have some potential and did spend the last 4 years going up against decastro and martin.  i dont expect anything but who knows.

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