GMC Talks Up Will Gholston

April 15th, 2014


Joe has gone on record stating second-year defensive lineman Will Gholston could be a break out player for the Bucs this season. Judging by his rookie year, all signs point to Gholston being on every NFL offensive lineman’s radar.

The Michigan State product was on the inactive list for games early last season. Weeks later he found himself starting and playing in a regular rotation on the defensive front, even recording sacks.

Now, Gholston will be coached by guys who have a proven ability to get strong results from the defensive line. This afternoon, Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy spoke about all sorts of things and one of his subjects was Gholston.

GMC believes Gholston is far from tapping his potential and even went as far as to invoke the name “Julius Peppers” when discussing Gholston.

 “Will is one of those rare guys with his size and ability,” GMC said. “He has potential. He can do things he doesn’t even realize he can do. I had to tell him last year, ‘Hey man, you know if you try this nobody can stop it?’ Then he would do it and say, “Ah, you [were] right.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, I know I was right. I’ve been trying to tell you this for five weeks.’

“I always say he looks like Julius Peppers in his pads and how he moves when he wants to. I say, ‘Man, you can be that guy. You can be like Pepp. He plays inside and outside but when he wants to get to the quarterback, he can.’ He’s a physical specimen, that’s Will.”

This is music to Joe’s ears and it should be to all Bucs fans. It’s not just the potential of Gholston but just in GMC’s words you can see not only is GMC a leader but he can even sense what a fellow teammate can and cannot do.

Anyone find it interesting that GMC was telling Gholston to try a move GMC was certain would work, but apparently Gholston wasn’t getting the same input from any of the Bucs coaches?

20 Responses to “GMC Talks Up Will Gholston”

  1. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    GMC has been talking up D-ends for years. Hoping that 1 year someone might show up at DE.

  2. Kevin Says:

    Nice to know. Just can’t wait to see this offense improve now

  3. RustyRhino Says:

    “Anyone find it interesting that GMC was telling Gholston to try a move GMC was certain would work, but apparently Gholston wasn’t getting the same input from any of the Bucs coaches?”
    Anyone think that he might have just zoned out the “coaches”?

  4. Macabee Says:

    Everybody is praising everybody. GMC loves Gholston, loves Michael Johnson too. Michael Johnson says he always wanted to play next to Mccoy. Mason Foster can’t wait to blitz in Lovie’s new scheme. Joe Cullen loves everybody, even Steven Means and so on.

    Sounds like a great big “Lovie” fest with a lot of team bonding going on. Hope this thing all comes together nicely. We’re due for some winning for a change!

  5. Jon Says:

    Perfect buc realist. You accomplished the ability to bash every article! You sir, are an awesome fan

  6. The_Buc_Realist Says:


    wait till you see my “Johnny Failure” sign

  7. Joe Says:

    wait till you see my “Johnny Failure” sign


  8. tmaxcon Says:


    I’ll take the LovieFest over the atmosphere that “Little Napoleon” created last couple of years. That did not work out so well.

    In my opinion it’s nice to see the players having fun and being themselves. Will it translate to wins not sure yet but it can’t get any worse.

    As for Steven Means, I really think he might be a sleeper for bucs this year. Will he be a star or Pro Bowler probably not. I could see him in that Hybrid OLB / DE role in certain packages. Not sure if he can cover anyone but put him on the edge and turn him lose. While watching highlights of Kahlil Mack last week I noticed Means making his share of plays too.

  9. The_Buc_Realist Says:


    In the spirit of Josh Freeman, lets not use the term ” be a sleeper for the Bucs.”

    also know that Lovie has been know to find some good DE in 2nd and 3rd day of the drafts as will. May the best men rush the passer!

  10. tmaxcon Says:

    nice realist…. bad choice of words on my part!!!

  11. Tom S. Says:

    Wait. What does this have to do with Johnny Manziel? Did I go on the wrong site by accident?! #johnnyfootballfan.com

  12. Jon Says:

    I don’t care for manziel either. You have to wait to bash him

  13. Bobby Says:

    No Tom. Even if the article appears to be about something totally unrelated, we are counting on the fans to ‘pull’ it back to Johnny Football talk because that is really the only meaningful football conversation between now and the day we pass on him.

  14. William Says:

    “Anyone find it interesting that GMC was telling Gholston to try a move GMC was certain would work, but apparently Gholston wasn’t getting the same input from any of the Bucs coaches?” says Joe

    2014 will erase the past. Thank you Glazers!!!!!

    …Connor Shaw is coming to Tampa.

  15. RustyRhinos Says:

    Hey Jon, The_Buc_Realist and I don’t always agree, but he has sound points now and again. He has done his best to voice his bashing as you said, fanfare as he sees it regularly. I agree McCoy has had to “talk” up his DE as they have never reached their optimal potential, as of yet. Maybe this is the season!

    Going into the season now I like the Johnson/McCoy/McDonald/Gholston DLine. Should cause the opposing Olines and offenses to game plan more than only one of our Dline, if any of them have success McCoy and others will benefit.
    Getting excited to see some Bucs football!
    Go Bucs!

  16. Owlykat Says:

    Gholston got two sacks in two games at the end of the year. if stupid Shiano had played Gholston there the entire season instead of Teo last year with only one sack all year, we would have had a double digit DE last year! So much for Shiano’s promise to put the best player on the field–he lied. I predict Gholston will end up the starter at left DE eventually.

  17. bigpoppabuc Says:

    He is big, big dude. With him and Johnson on the ends we should see a lot of batted passes. But man I love to see us back towards the top of the league in sacks again.

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  19. Bucfever40 Says:

    I’m wondering if the Bucs will give Alton Smith a sniff, he’s got baggage no doubt, but the guy is one bell of a DE.

  20. BoJim Says:

    RustyRhinos Said:

    “Going into the season now I like the Johnson/McCoy/McDonald/Gholston DLine.”

    Man that sounds good.

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