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May 18, 2012 @ 11:06 am
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Bucs Ink David To Four-Year Deal

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The Buccaneers announced today they have signed former Nebraska Cornhusker linebacker Lavonte David to a four-year contract. David will compete to replace former weakside linebacker Geno Hayes in the starting lineup.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have signed 2012 second-round pick LB Lavonte David to a four-year contract, and with the signing just two draft picks – Mark Barron and Doug Martin – are the only two not under contract.

David was selected 58th overall out of Nebraska University, starting all 27 games he played. In just two seasons with the Huskers, he finished fourth in school history with 285 tackles, to go with 28 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, two interceptions, 12 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumbles recovered. David had a banner senior season in 2011, earning first-team All-American honors (AFCA, CBS and ESPN) and consensus first-team All-Big Ten accolades. He was also a finalist for the Butkus Award (nation's top linebacker), semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik (nation's top defensive player) and Lott Trophy (nation's top defensive IMPACT player) awards and was named the Big Ten Linebacker of the Year, as he led the team and ranked third in the conference in tackles (133). David also led Nebraska in tackles for loss (13), sacks (5.5), interceptions (2), forced fumbles (3) and fumble recoveries (2).

In his junior season, David posted a school-record 152 tackles to go with 15 tackles for loss, 6.0 sacks and ten passes defensed. For his performance on the field, he was named first-team All-American (Rivals.com and CBS), unanimous first-team Big 12, Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (Kansas City Star) and Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, which was selected by the coaches. Prior to his time at Nebraska, David led Fort Scott CC to the JUCO national championship game, while ranking among the conference's leaders in tackles and tackles for loss.

Head coach Greg Schiano talked about David shortly after the draft.

“I think he can play all three linebacker positions. I think we’ll put him at one of the outside linebackers, Sam or Will. I think the way he runs and hits, we’ll utilize his speed. As Mark (Dominik) mentioned, he’s a really good cover linebacker and can do some things out in space as well – he’s that athletic.”


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    If college production is the indicator (remember Rich McKay's philosophy) of how a kid will perform in the pros, we have a young star on our hands. Hope the head fits the body. Go Bucs!
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    What would you rather have Horse, one good looking girl (2nd rounder)or two homely ones (3rd and 4th rounders)? I'll take the quality over quantity. Like BF47, I'm anxious to see our newest OLB.
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    scubog, you know where I am going to go on this? I would have preferred to have drafted Defense in the 1st, 2n, 3rd, & 4th rounds. Only time will tell us which way we should have gone. All I know is that we are still weak at CB and I can't figure out why we did it this way. I was to optimistic right after the draft and now I have come down to reality. I've got a lot of positive hope and I wish it was more than that, but I am concerned about our Defense and I just don't think we did enough to make an impact in our division this year. I am thinking 6-7 wins this year, but we will be more competitive.
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    I'm more excited to watch this guy than anyone other rookie this season. Something tells me he has a chance to make a big impact and have many talking about just how much of a steal he was in the draft.
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    This guy is going to end up being the breakout player in our draft. He will play more and have a greater impact than the other rookies. His speed and magnet like ability for finding the ball is impressive. Anything that helps the front 7 is a good thing since that is where most of our problems are.
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    Going to open up many eyes with his play this year!!!
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    This guy's style, size and body-type remind me a lot of LB Mike Peterson from the University of Florida from years back. Great tackler and nose for the football. Peterson had a nice long carreer in the Pros as well, mostly weakside linebacker as I recall. I believe he was a second round draft choice with the Colts originally, then on to Jax and Atlanta, so hopefully Lavonte turns out to be just as solid of a pick or even better!
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    Glad the contract is done. I hope he will be worth a 3rd & 4th Rounder to go up in the last 2nd round.
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