Stovall Works Too Hard

June 11th, 2010

There are guys on the Bucs with great dedication and work ethic, and then there’s Maurice Stovall.

Apparently, Stovall doesn’t know when to hit the beach, so Raheem The Dream said yesterday. And it’s gotten to the point that the Bucs have had tell him to give it a rest in the gym.

“You know the thing with Stovall, he always looks good this time of year,” Raheem The Dream said. “For whatever reason over the last couple of years, he’s had a couple of nagging injuries that held him back. …A back here, a hamstring here, things of that nature. So right now, [trainer] Todd  [Torriscelli] has been in communication with him. We have a nutritionist in house. [Strength coach Kurtis Shultz] has  been able to modify some workouts to where he should be. He had that ability to overtrain a little bit last year. He’s a hard worker. He’s one of those guys you have to pull back a little bit, too, and not let him work so hard that he works himself into an injury. He hasn’t done that this year. He’s very [reponsive] to our training, responding to our weight staff. He’s actually …took a week of vacation this year, which doesn’t really happen. It’s starting to show up more in daily practice. So he’s been going out there working with the receivers looking well, looking good.”

This intense work ethic stuff is nothing new for Stovall, who carried a football around town and around the clock through much of last season.

Joe’s pulling for the guy. He’s loaded with talent and he gives it up on special teams, plus he had a breakout season (for him) as a receiver last year with 24 catches. At 25 years old, in a contract year, add Stovall to the list of Bucs young veterans that must improve for the team to seriously make strides.

With all the hype 24-year-old Sammie Stroughter got last year, Joe hasn’t forgotten that Stovall caught 21 balls from Josh Freeman, while Stroughter snagged 15. Joe thinks the growing chemistry between Stovall and Freeman is all too quickly an afterthought.

9 Responses to “Stovall Works Too Hard”

  1. Not a Rocket Surgeon Says:

    Beyond the injury thing, Stovall gets a bad rap. He has all the talent in the world and I do believe he is going to have a great year.

    He and Freechise are developing that chemistry on and off the field.

    If I have high expectations for anyone on the team it’s Mo and Caddy this year.

  2. Eric Says:

    “all the talent in the world”

    c’mon now, lets get real. Have you reviewed his stats since he has been in the league?

    579 receiving yards in four years, 2 touchdowns.

    ya gotta be kidding me.

  3. Not a Rocket Surgeon Says:

    Talent does not equal Stats, execution and opportunity.

    I didn’t say he was Larry Fitzgerald…

    Drink your coffee.

  4. Eric Says:

    Fitzgerald is part of the “world”.

    So, I suppose a healthy Stovall with opportunity ought to rack up Fitzgerald type numbers………………

  5. Not a Rocket Surgeon Says:


    /moving on.

  6. Eric Says:

    nonsense is a good word for it……………..

  7. drdneast Says:

    Stovall hasn’t exactly had Kurt Warner throwing him the ball, either. Saw the toung man make some good grabs last year. If the team would just throw Clanghands on the iron heap where his hands belong the young man would get more chances

  8. Patrick Says:

    Put Clayton on the practice squad and give Stovall some more reps.

  9. RustyRhino Says:

    Very Hard to get “any” stats on the white stripe,, need to be on the field.
    You go Mo i think with the opportunity and few throws in your direction good things are there for “your” taking.
    You cant be 3rd/4th Wr behind Bryant and Clayton with Winslow on the field and expect to have many opportunities.. as for the working out, keep working out just not as reckless. you want to be working “hard” during the season..

    I like the look of Brown, Stovall, Slaughter Winslow on the field, throw in heaps of combinations of Williams and Benn.
    Nope no Clayton i hope.