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Buccaneers defensive capsules

By Times staff

© St. Petersburg Times, published September 6, 2002

NAME: Ronde Barber.

NAME: Ronde Barber.

HT/WT: 5-10, 184.

POSITION: Cornerback.

COLLEGE: Virginia.

HOW ACQ: D3, '97.

LAST YEAR: Led NFC with 10 INTs and earned first selection to Pro Bowl.

ROLE: Starting right cornerback who needs to become the team's interception leader again after loss of Donnie Abraham.

NAME: Derrick Brooks.

HT/WT: 6-0, 235.

POSITION: Linebacker.

COLLEGE: Florida State.

HOW ACQ: D1, '95.

LAST YEAR: Became all-time leading tackler while earning fifth Pro Bowl selection.

ROLE: Leader of a defense that finished sixth overall last season.

NAME: Chartric Darby.

HT/WT: 6-0, 270.

POSITION: Defensive tackle.

COLLEGE: South Carolina St.

HOW ACQ: Undrafted free agent, 2000.

LAST YEAR: Eight tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery in 13 games.

ROLE: Will back up Warren Sapp at defensive tackle.

NAME: David Gibson.

HT/WT: 6-1, 210.


COLLEGE: Southern Cal.

HOW ACQ: D6, 2000.

LAST YEAR: Nine tackles on defense, 10 special-teams stops and a forced fumble.

ROLE: Will back up John Lynch at strong safety.

NAME: Jack Golden.

HT/WT: 6-1, 240.

POSITION: Strongside linebacker.

COLLEGE: Oklahoma State.

HOW ACQ: Waived NYG.

LAST YEAR: Played primarily on special teams for Giants with five stops.

ROLE: Special teams, excels in kick coverage.

NAME: Buck Gurley.

HT/WT: 6-2, 295.

POSITION: Defensive tackle.

COLLEGE: Florida.

HOW ACQ: Free agent, '02.

LAST YEAR: Released in training camp by Dolphins. Spent two days on Bears practice squad.

ROLE: Back up for Anthony McFarland.

NAME: John Howell.

HT/WT: 5-11, 204.


COLLEGE: Colorado State.

HOW ACQ: D4, '01.

LAST YEAR: Had 26 tackles on defense and 12 on special teams. Had first career start vs. Pittsburgh and had 13 tackles.

ROLE: Will back up Dexter Jackson at free safety.

NAME: Corey Ivy.

HT/WT: 5-8, 183.

POSITION: Cornerback.

COLLEGE: Oklahoma.

HOW ACQ: Free agent, '01.

LAST YEAR: Spent most of the season on practice squad.

ROLE: Will back up Brian Kelly at left cornerback and play kick coverage.

NAME: Dexter Jackson.

HT/WT: 6-1, 203.

POSITION: Free safety.

COLLEGE: Florida State.

HOW ACQ: D4, '99.

LAST YEAR: Emerged as a starter and contributed career highs with 4 INTs, 78 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.

ROLE: Starting free safety, must provide more turnovers. .

NAME: Brian Kelly.

HT/WT: 5-11, 193.

POSITION: Cornerback.

COLLEGE: Southern Cal.

HOW ACQ: D2, '98.

LAST YEAR: Took over as a starter for Donnie Abraham in Week 6 and had 54 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 8 passes defensed.

ROLE: Starting left cornerback who must improve ball skills after no INTs in 2001.

NAME: John Lynch.

HT/WT: 6-2, 220.

POSITION: Strong safety.

COLLEGE: Stanford.

HOW ACQ: D3, '93.

LAST YEAR: Had 105 tackles and three INTs to earn his fourth selection to Pro Bowl.

ROLE: Leader of the secondary in his 10th NFL season.

NAME: Anthony McFarland.

HT/WT: 6-0, 300.

POSITION: Nosetackle.

COLLEGE: Louisiana State.

HOW ACQ: D1, '99.

LAST YEAR: Had 59 tackles, 3.5 sacks and 2 passes defensed.

ROLE: Starting nosetackle who anchors the Bucs run defense.

NAME: Ryan Nece.

HT/WT: 5-3, 224.

POSITION: Strongside linebacker.


HOW ACQ: Undrafted free agent.

LAST YEAR: Butkus Award semifinalist as standout linebacker for the Bruins. Ranked third on the team with 53 tackles and scored two defensive touchdowns.

ROLE: Will back up Alshermond Singleton at strongside linebacker and contribute on special teams.

NAME: Jermaine Phillips.

HT/WT: 6-1, 214.

POSITION: Free safety.

COLLEGE: Georgia.

HOW ACQ: D5, '02.

LAST YEAR: All-SEC first-team selection and defensive team captain. Finished second on the team with 80 tackles, 3 INTs and 4 forced fumbles.

ROLE: Will back up Dexter Jackson at free safety and contribute on special teams.

NAME: Shelton Quarles.

HT/WT: 6-1, 225.

POSITION: Middle linebacker.

COLLEGE: Vanderbilt.

HOW ACQ: Free agent, '97.

LAST YEAR: Started 16 games at strongside linebacker and finished with career-high 77 tackles with 2 sacks and 1 INT.

ROLE: Switched to middle linebacker and will make defensive calls. Also will remain on the field in passing situations.

NAME: Simeon Rice.

HT/WT: 6-5, 268.

POSITION: Defensive end.

COLLEGE: Illinois.

HOW ACQ: Free agent, '01.

LAST YEAR: Led team in sacks (11) in his first season with Bucs. Named Defensive Player of the Month for December. His 64 tackles ranked first among defensive linemen.

ROLE: Rice should improve his sack total in his second year in Bucs system.

NAME: Warren Sapp.

HT/WT: 6-2, 303.

POSITION: Defensive tackle.


HOW ACQ: D1, '95.

LAST YEAR: Struggled with a torn rotator cuff but had six sacks and was named to fifth straight Pro Bowl.

ROLE: Needs to return to 2000 form, when he was named Defensive Player of the Year with career-high 16.5 sacks.

NAME: Alshermond Singleton.

HT/WT: 6-2, 228.

POSITION: Strongside linebacker.

COLLEGE: Temple.

HOW ACQ: D4, '97.

LAST YEAR: Came off bench in all 16 games for 32 tackles and one sack. Also had 10 special-teams tackles.

ROLE: Has earned role as starter at strongside linebacker, taking over for Shelton Quarles.

NAME: Corey Smith.

HT/WT: Defensive end.

POSITION: 6-2, 250.

COLLEGE: N.C. State.

HOW ACQ: Undrafted free agent, '02.

LAST YEAR: Had 54 tackles, 6 sacks and 6 forced fumbles as a senior for the Wolfpack.

ROLE: Will back up Simeon Rice on right defensive end.

NAME: Dwight Smith.

HT/WT: 5-10, 201.

POSITION: Cornerback.


HOW ACQ: D3, '01.

LAST YEAR: Had 22 special-teams tackles, most for a defensive back in the NFL.

ROLE: Will play nickel back in passing situations.

NAME: Justin Smith

HT/WT: 6-0, 218.

POSITION: Linebacker.

COLLEGE: Indiana.


HOW ACQUIRED: Free agent, '02.


NAME: Greg Spires.

HT/WT: 6-1, 265.

POSITION: Defensive end.

COLLEGE: Florida State.

HOW ACQ: Free agent, '02.

LAST YEAR: Started four games for the Browns with 32 tackles and four sacks.

ROLE: Will begin season as starter at left defensive end for injured Marcus Jones.

NAME: Tim Wansley.

HT/WT: 5-8, 180.

POSITION: Cornerback.

COLLEGE: Georgia.

HOW ACQ: D7, '02.

LAST YEAR: First team All-SEC selection and had 69 tackles with two INTs.

ROLE: Will back up cornerback Ronde Barber and serve on kick coverage teams.

NAME: Nate Webster.

HT/WT: 6-0, 230.

POSITION: Linebacker.


HOW ACQ: D3, 2000.

LAST YEAR: Split time at middle linebacker with Jamie Duncan, had one start. Finished 10th on team with 53 tackles.

ROLE: Will back up Shelton Quarles at middle linebacker and contribute on special teams.

NAME: Ellis Wyms.

HT/WT: 6-3, 279.

POSITION: Defensive end.

COLLEGE: Mississippi State.

HOW ACQ: D6, '01.

LAST YEAR: Played in four games and the playoff game at Philadelphia. Had seven tackles.

ROLE: Will back up Greg Spires at left defensive end.

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