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Camp survivor

By Compiled by ERNEST HOOPER and ROGER MILLS

© St. Petersburg Times, published July 29, 2000


In the spirit of CBS' Survivor series, the Times is asking Bucs players and coaches whom they would throw off the island, er, out of camp, and why. Here's today's episode:

Brad Culpepper says he would throw out the Times sports writers for coming up with a "pretty stupid concept": "I'll let them back if they come up with something more original."

Did you know?

The Bucs have not replaced more than two starters on the offensive line since 1984, but with Jason Odom, Randall McDaniel and Jeff Christy starting in 2000, they have three newcomers.

Fresh faces

NAME: Cosey Coleman.

HT/WT: 6-4, 322.

COLLEGE: Tennessee.

POSITION: Guard.

NFL EXPERIENCE: Rookie (2nd-round pick).

CAREER HIGHLIGHT: In his junior year, Coleman earned All-America honors from the Associated Press and the American Football Coaches Association. An All-SEC first-team selection, Coleman started 12 games at right guard and did not allow a sack.

GLORY DAYS: Coleman said his best days were growing up in New Orleans playing on the streets. He said he was too big to play organized ball; he didn't get into that until high school.

BRUSH WITH GREATNESS: When Coleman was a sophomore at Shamrock Middle/High School, Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott spoke. Lott was the first pro player Coleman had seen in person: "I couldn't believe how small he was. I was looking down on him."

TO HAVE AN IMPACT: Coleman will have to be dependable and consistent in backing up Frank Middleton and possibly Randall McDaniel at guard, and he must know all the plays and miss few details.

QUOTE: "I can't be content with where I am on any day. Every day I step out on the field, I'm going to do something better than I did the day before."

Quotable

"I just try to go out there and do things that are going to allow this team to succeed. If other players on the team follow, then they'll get it. If they don't, I'm pretty sure they won't be around here."

-- KEYSHAWN JOHNSON

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