Bundled up in a hoodie among NFL scouts and media members, it was hard to miss the massive man watching Tuesday morning’s East Shrine team practice at Shorecrest Prep. After a second glance though it wasn’t hard to recognize the face being that of Bucs starting left tackle Donovan Smith.
Tampa Bay’s 2015 second rounder was at the practice to watch a few of his former Penn State teammates.
“My best friend is out here, Kyle Carter from Penn State, and my good friend Anthony Zettel,” Smith said. ” Just come out here and show support. I am just 20 minutes down the road, so why not come out here and check them out.”
A few of the local media members in attendance huddled around Smith, who jokingly admonished us for interviewing him and not watching the practice. But Smith spent a few minutes talking about new Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter.
“He’s good, I look forward to things (with Koetter) I don’t think anything is really going to change in the offense in terms of way the program may be run,” Smith said. “I look forward to it and am real excited.”
The best part of having Koetter succeed Lovie Smith was obvious.
“Just not having to learn a new offense or anything. We will be able to come in and start fast and where we left off.”
Smith was also asked to grade his first year in the NFL.
“It went good, obviously some ups and downs, but some things to learn from, but I think I held my own. Did pretty good and you just build on that and continue to get better.”
PewterReport.com asked Smith to talk about the importance of these postseason all-star games.
“I was probably a guy that not many had on their radar and I had a lot to prove and I pretty much just went (to the Senior Bowl) and took advantage of my opportunities,” Smith said. “The Senior Bowl did help a lot. Me going out there and proving I belonged and holding my own and showing up, caught a lot of eyes particularly Tampa Bay. So yes it did help a lot.”
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
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Committed player. Gotta love this guy.
I believe he did pretty good. With a good off season of training, should make the difference as he becomes a good solid left tackle. Go Bucs!
Smith did a superb job for a rookie LT. Didn’t like the pick much at first but glad we drafted him and excited he is a Buc. He strikes me as the pail-and-shovel type.
We could use at least one more biggun in this draft also!
that dude is a quote machine!
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