Lavonte David: “Stronger, Faster.”July 29th, 2013
Regular readers of Joe remember he banged the drum loudly for the Bucs to draft linebacker Lavonte David well before the end of the 2011 college football season.
Joe would watch Nebraska games and see this guy, wearing No. 4, playing sideline-to-sideline football and knew he could help the Bucs out. Joe never dreamed David would be such a good rookie that people were beginning to whisper his name in the same sentence with Derrick Brooks, which previously would have been heresy.
David again was getting the job done today in practice, wreaking havoc in the backfield and, if sacks were allowed, would have bruised the ribs of Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman.
If Bucs fans think David was good last year, Bucs coach Greg Schiano hinted David is about to take yet another step forward.
“He’s stronger, faster,” Schiano said. “I think the world of him.”
As he should. Last year David racked up 112 solo tackles, which is just mind-blowing for a rookie in a passing division like the NFC South.
If David is indeed stronger and faster as Schiano suggests, we very well could be looking at the reincarnation of double-nickel, Mr. Derrick Brooks.
With the Bucs in pads for the second time in training camp, David took advantage by being physical against the Bucs’ offense.
The first couple of days in pads, you are trying to get the feel for [hitting],” David said. “I’m trying to get back in tune with it. You try to get it out of the way in training camp.”
Audio courtesy of WDAE-AM 620.