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April 27, 2012 @ 3:03 pm
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Newest Bucs, Barron And Martin, Introduced At One Buc

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Newest Buccaneers Mark Barron and Doug Martin flew into Tampa overnight and were introduced to the Tampa Bay area at a news conference at One Buccaneer Place this afternoon. Below is a transcript of their press conference.
Mark Dominik opening statement:
“We are excited to be here obviously this afternoon. After a great night last night for the organization. We got these two men on flights and got them in to Tampa and they were excited to meet the coaches, met the staff and people around the organization. But this is their chance to talk to you. We are just really proud of these two men and proud they are going to be wearing Buccaneers uniforms.”

Greg Schiano’s opening statement:
“As we talked abut last night, we felt very blessed we were able to get two guys that are really what we think Buccaneer men are going to be going forward. Great guys, great players and guys with character. And that is what is important to us, and it is going to help us win championships here – and these guys – and I talked about it last night – they are both from premiere college football programs in the country and they are the leaders of those programs. And to me that is very important. I had a chance to meet with them today and am so excited to have the opportunity to coach them. We can not wait to work with these guys.”

Mark Barron commenting on coming from Alabama to the NFL:
“Coming from the program I come from it is just kind of the mindset we have. We want to be the best at everything we do. You just go out and work for it and everyday at practice we work at being the best at what we do. I think that will carry over with that mindset. The way we did things at Alabama I think will make it an easy transition for me to come in and make an impact early. I think I will be able to bring the mindset of winning and wanting to be the best.”

Doug Martin commenting on what the last 24 hours have been like:
“Nerve-wracking. Dealing with my Mom. She was all over the place. Just went over to my grandpas place over in Oakland and got everything set up. A camera crew. Everybody, like my family and friends, came over to support me. It was an awesome experience through the draft. It was nerve-wracking at the end of the first round. Then the Bucs called, and I am really excited to be here, and begin my new journey.”

Barron commenting on if he thought the Cowboys might take him:
“Yeah I was kind of thinking they (Cowboys) might try and get me. I wasn’t sure. The last few days things got kind of crazy and lot of people were talking about different things. So I wasn’t sure exactly what was going to happen. I thought they might try and get me. But I’m glad I ended up where I am.”

Martin commenting on his college nickname, the Muscle Hamster:
“The nickname muscle hamster huh? I thought I left it. My friend back in Boise came up with it due to my small stature and my muscle build. He was an offensive lineman and didn’t get a lot of interviews so he released that nickname and the media took off with it. And it hasn't ended yet.”

Barron when asked what his nickname was:
“I don’t really have nickname. Probably something about hitting. I’m sure there are a few out there. But I don’t have one popular nickname.”

Barron on how winning two national titles at 'Bama prepared him for the NFL:
“Everything we did, it was run like an NFL organization, so. Everything from the way we worked out to the way we practiced to the way we ran meetings it was pretty much like the way the guys in the NFL do it, so I think that will help me transition easy and help me come in and have an early impact.”

Martin when asked about character and off the field behavior:
“That's very important coming from Boise state. Coach Petersen did a good job of developing players on and off the field and having character and integrity off the field and being someone who's good in the community and just being responsible, doing the right thing, being accountable with their actions. That was very important with the team and it keeps a lot of players out of trouble land that's very important.”

Martin commenting on the comparisons to Ray Rice:
“I respect them. I feel like I have as many qualities as Ray Rice. Being a similar size and being a tough runner who can catch the ball and stay in to pass protect. So I feel like I have a lot of qualities like him.”

Barron talking about other positions he played before safety:
“I actually wasn't a full-time safety until I got to Alabama. Before that I played mostly offense up until my senior year, when we needed some help on defense and so I moved over.”

Barron when asked when he knew it was a position he could excel at:
“Through all my high school career, my coaches always told me I was like a natural safety or a safety period. So once I decided to take that next step I figured I'd be a pretty good safety.”

Martin commenting on his Schiano’s desire to run the football:
“It makes me real excited to hear that they have a great emphasis on running the ball. I'm just real excited and excited to start the season.”

Baron when asked does the momentum of a game shift with a big hit:
“Guys always get excited when you have that impact on a play. When you have a player like that it kind of makes them play a certain way. So I feel like it makes a big statement because it lets the other team know you are there and you're about business and you're going to give 100 percent on every play. The big hit, I feel like it can change the game pretty good. I did it a few times this year. The thing about a hit is, it lets the other guy know you're coming. And your guys see that and it gets them excited. But the main thing about a hit is – in my opinion – it makes the other guy know how you intend to play.”

Martin talking about playing special teams at Boise:
“I played quite a few positions on special teams, all the way from my freshman year to my senior year, from being a gunner to being on kickoffs and kickoff retur4ns. At Boise State, we have a lot of unselfish players there, and everyone is willing to play special teams. Whatever t5heir role is, whether it's a starter or third string, a senior, they dedicate themselves to special teams. It's very important in my game.”

Martin when asked if it meant something to him that the Bucs traded up to get you:
“It is special because the called me. I think it is. I'm glad they did that and for the whole trade thing. I'm glad to be here.”

Barron when asked where did he think you were going to be drafted:
“Honestly, I wasn't sure. During the week, my names was being mentioned with a lot of different teams so I was kind of all over the place so I really just stopped worrying about it because I knew I wouldn't be able to figure it out. So I just said, let it happen.

Barron commenting when asked if he is better as a free safety or a strong safety:
“In my opinion it doesn't matter. I feel like I can do whatever I need to do. If the team needs me to play strong safety I can play strong safety, if they need me to play free I can play free.”

Schiano on qualities they share:
“What I touched upon is they were both really dominating players at their positions at a high level of competition, and there are a lot of those guys out there but what sets them apart is they are the leaders of championship football teams. They're the guys who run the show on their teams and that means a lot to Mark and myself and the whole organization that we bring those types of players here.”

Dominik on the importance of both being college captains:
“That's the type of people that we want to bring into our organization because you don't' become a leader or the captain of your football team unless you have a lot of positive attributes. And as we dug deeper into these two men, we saw the same characteristics and as we talked to the coaches and watched the film we got to know them better and that's what we brought them on board and why we're excited to be sitting here today with these two guys.”

Schiano talking about Barron and Martin’s love for the game:
“These are guys that love it and I have stories of how much they love it, which, when we talk to the people we know, you can fool around and fool people sometimes, but when you're consistently working harder than anyone else on the football team, those are the guys we want.”

Martin when asked about leadership:
“I would say coming at Boise State I wasn't a real vocal person. But I definitely led by example in the weight room, on the field, and at practice I go full speed, game speed and when young guys see that they want to go game speed as well, so leading by example is definitely my way.”

Martin when asked about his impressions of Mark Barron:
“He had some big hits out there. I'm glad he's on my team.”

Barron when asked about his impressions of Martin:
“I saw him a few times, not too much, but what I saw it seems like he's a fast guy, quick and shifty, so he can be a great asset to a team.”

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    Well Iam tired but it was very rewarding that I took off work for thursday and fridat nfl draft. Now today I was able to catch up with watch the bucs coaching staff pickup some more football players so that make 19 players that will come in to compete for a slot of this year 2012 tam. Its been a long time since I've seen that they have huit on all four cyclinders. I will give them an A PLUS-GO BUCS
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    I here Nick Collins is coming in for a physical if hes fine and the Bucs get him back there with Barron that would be AWSOME!
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    I say this about these two men and players, The bucs got two players that handle themselve on and off the field. Maybe they can rub some of their upbringing on Talib if he is around. NO#22 if he can contribute like Cady and Dunn WOW-GO BUCS
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    So happy to have these guys I watched alot of Youtube (jdouble) tape on these guys and I love them I really wanted Lamichael james but I undertstand he is a not a full time player only situational. Barron is a beats and must I dare to say I feel he could be the best safety we ever had ok no probably not but maybe the best second best, he is a great centerfielder who can hit and play the run good job bucs for me this draft is an A.
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    Two quality young men. I didn't hear one, "know what I'm saying?" With the numbers they're going to wear I wonder what Gaitor and Asante will be wearing.
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    I believe Mark Dominick when he says they were targeting Barron all the time. High character, team captain, heavy hitter, perfect fit for filling a need. I like the pick a lot. I'm sure Claiborne will have a good career too but he's dealing with recovery from surgery and may not be ready to play until the regular season without his cast. I saw some highlights and he didn't tackle to well on more than a few plays. I know he's a corner but you still have to tackle. Barron will fill the gaps and prevent a lot of 6,7,10 15-yard runs that we gave up last year. I didn't see the Doug Martin pick but he looks like the "total package" and the real deal. What a team player. I really like both picks!
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    It's the Buccaneer Way. Good character people lead by example and work as hard as they can; these are the new Buccaneer Men and I hope we get a lot more of them. Go Bucs!
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    Lets Go BuCs! Perhaps we can come back into the 2nd rd and do more damage. Tampa----------->
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    Don't worry - it'll happen.
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