The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made several changes to their eight-man practice squad Wednesday, signing former South Florida Bulls wide receiver DeAndrew Rubin and former C.W Post running back Ian Smart.
In order to make room for those two players, the Bucs released former USF WR Huey Whittaker and fullback Casey Moore from their taxi squad.
The 6-foot, 180-pound Rubin, who attended Dixie Hollins High School in St. Petersburg and entered the NFL in 2003 as a seventh-round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers, started 18 of the 42 games he played in as a Bull and notched 91 catches for 1,306 yards and 14 touchdowns.
In addition to his abilities as a receiver, Rubin was an exceptional return specialist at USF. He averaged 16.4 yards per punt return and 26 yards per kickoff return. Rubin returned four of his 64 punt returns for touchdowns and one of his 59 kickoff returns for a score.
Smart (5-8, 192) originally entered the league in ’03 as an undrafted free agent with the New York Jets. In four years at C.W. Post, Smart rushed for 6,647 yards and scored an NCAA-best 95 touchdowns while totaling 570 points. Smart’s rushing total ranks fourth best in NCAA history and his scoring marks are best ever.
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