Bucs Sure Seem Interested In LinebackersApril 13th, 2011
Bucs fans have destroyed so many remote controls in rage over the Bucs linebacker play in recent years, the families won’t even hang out and watch Bucs games for fear of injury from collateral damage.
So it almost seems like so many vocal, outraged fans wanting “a thumper” could get their wish later this month. First it was Miami and
former Clearwater Central Catholic linebacker Colin McCarthy Monday at One Buc Palace. Tuesday it was a cat named Chris Carter.
Carter was a beast for Fresno State, and was named the WAC defensive player of the year. Aaron Wilson of the NationalFootballPost.com breaks down Carter’s measurables.
The 6-foot-1, 248-pounder ran the 40-yard in 4.58 seconds, registering a 36-inch vertical leap and bench pressed 225 pounds 27 times. He also posted a 9-6 broad jump with a 4.34 20-yard shuttle and a 6.88 three-cone drill.
For his career, he posted 200 tackles and 19 1/2 sacks. He recorded 11 sacks last season and 16 1/2 tackles for losses. The first-team All-Western Athletic Conference ranked seventh in the NCAA in sacks last year, forcing four fumbles.
The thing about Carter that jumped out at Joe is that he played his entire junior season with a broken hand. That tells Carter is a man and is hard to get off the field.
It’s not like Fresno State played a University of Florida non-conference schedule that would even embarrass Largo High School coach Rick Rodriguez.
Last year the Bulldogs played Mississippi, Nevada, Boise State, Nevada and Zooker (Fresno State beat Illinois at home in one of the strangest games Joe has ever watched. The Illini had over 300 yards rushing… and lost! Only Zooker). When Carter was a junior, Fresno State played Wisconsin, Boise State and Cincinnati (Sugar Bowl year for the Bearcats).
So it’s not like Carter hasn’t played high level talent. Also, Joe remembers some linebacker by the name of Brian Urlacher played in the Mountain West as a safety no less and he was able to make the transition to the NFL.
Sure appears the Bucs are bound to upgrade their linebacker corps.