Notes From Team West Practice Monday

January 15th, 2013

Joe was out at the Team West practice yesterday at St. Petersburg High School as the team prepared for the East-West Shrine Game this Saturday at the Fruitdome. Below are notes Joe took during workouts and a light scrimmage in shorts. Joe specifically focused on defensive backs (because that is a major need of the Bucs) along with receivers on the same plays. Joe did not monitor any linemen during the practice, sorry.

Kahlid Wooten, CB, Nevada, 5-11, 200: Torched by Mount Union receiver Jasper Collins up the left sideline.

Aaron Hester, CB, UCLA, 6-2, 195: Has a very quick burst when he turns to keep pace with receivers running down the sideline. Struggled in coverage on short passes as either he gave up too much room for receivers in the flat, or simply couldn’t close on a receiver in the open field.

Dan Buckner, WR, Arizona, 6-4, 211: So tall, he constantly gave the shorter outside linebackers fits as he presented a significant size disadvantage.

Duke Williams, S, Nevada, 6-0, 200: Read one play like a book, fired inside like a rocket to break up a short pass over the middle and nearly had a pick.

Demontre Hurst, CB, Oklahoma, 5-10, 183: Seems to have good fundamentals. Always keeps his shoulders square to the line of scrimmage. Had some trouble with wide receiver Anthony Amos, Middle Tennessee State, down the right sideline due to Amos’ size advantage.

Tyrone Goard, WR, Eastern Kentucky, 6-4, 196: Gave shorter linebackers trouble matching up against his size.

Keith Pough, LB, Howard, 6-3, 238: Had blanket coverage on Kerwynn Williams, RB, Utah State, breaking up a pass. Later he also had a nice break up of a short pass up the right sideline.

Howard Travis, Ohio State, 6-1, 200: Glides smoothly to the ball. Tall. Has some big hops. Very quick feet. Got burned by fellow B1G member Iowa wide receiver Keenan Davis up the left sideline.

Sheldon Price, CB, UCLA, 6-2, 180: Quick feet. On one play, did a fine job of reading and reacting to a pass but couldn’t come up with an interception.

Nigel Malone, CB, Kansas State, 5-10, 180: Kind of small but stocky. Seems pretty quick.

Terry Hawthorne, CB, Illinois, 6-1, 193: Good ball reaction skills. A big corner who looks big enough to play outside linebacker. Good closing speed.

Anthony Amos, WR, Middle Tennessee State, 6-0, 185: Made a good, physical catch in traffic up the right sideline. Later came back on a short pass and leaped and out-battled defenders for a catch over the middle.

Zach Sudfeld, TE, UCLA, 6-7, 255: Consistently able to get open on deep routes over the middle.

23 Responses to “Notes From Team West Practice Monday”

  1. bucfanjeff Says:

    Schiano likes coaching DB’s and used to coach DB’s. I would like to think he knows what to look for in that regard. That said, I have no doubt that any DB we pick will have Schiano’s fingerprints all over it. I know the decision is Marks, but I think Schiano has a heavy voice in the DB selection(s).

  2. Ian's Gay Lisp & Ron's Drinking Problem Says:

    Cb Sheldon Price & Safety Duke Williams i could see the Bucs eyeballing

  3. Ian's Gay Lisp & Ron's Drinking Problem Says:

    Cb Sheldon Price & Safety Duke Williams i could see the Bucs eyeballing

  4. BucKing 3 Says:

    Joe, word out of Chicago is that the Bears are down to 2-3 finalist for HC and Sully is not on the list.

  5. Ian's Gay Lisp & Ron's Drinking Problem Says:

    Joe….Joseph Furia is the UCLA TE…Zach Sudfeld played for N.C. State

  6. ClayBURN94 Says:

    6’7? Get him.

  7. Patrick Says:

    We need tall, faster receivers with all the Calvin Johnsons and Jimmy Grahams in the league

  8. Patrick Says:


  9. ShayneGoodfellow Says:

    Joe, what is you’re favourite player right now at the Shrine game?

  10. Ian's Gay Lisp & Ron's Drinking Problem Says:

    @ShayneGoodfellow…..Scouts on Twitter are saying OLB Gerald Hodges is tearing it up Penn State 6’1 233lbs (4th Rd if available for Bucs would be great.)

  11. ShayneGoodfellow Says:

    I will check Gerald Hodges out on youtube if he has some highlights, if not I will find a scouting report on him. 6’1 233.. pretty sure thats exactly Lavonte’s size haha. If he plays anywhere close to how David plays, lets get this guy.

  12. Ian's Gay Lisp & Ron's Drinking Problem Says:

    Mark Dominik is there today too…so i’m sure he’s watching the guy. A scout said “Gerald Hodges is making plays all over the place” (thats the highest praise i’ve read about a player so far)

  13. ShayneGoodfellow Says:

    Gerald Hodges highlights

    If you guys want to see an awesome play, skip to 2:33 of the video

  14. Ian's Gay Lisp & Ron's Drinking Problem Says:

    Hodges is from New Jersey Schiano prolly knows about him…plus Schiano loves Penn State

  15. ShayneGoodfellow Says:

    For anyone that wants a good laugh.

    That is a Gerald Hodges interview. In a matter of one minute and 50 seconds, I counted this guy saying ” You know ” 26 times hahaha. Definetely needs some work on speaking and doing interviews, but seems like a solid football player.

  16. Joe Says:

    A Penn State linebacker being talented, tough and fundamentally sound? You don’t say!

  17. Joe Says:


    Joe, what is you’re favourite player right now at the Shrine game?

    As Joe stated above, he is specifically watching defensive backs and an occasional linebacker in pass coverage. The corners that have caught Joe’s eyes as far as having good fundamentals or decent athleticism are Howard Travis, The Ohio State; Demontre Hurst, Oklahoma and Branden Smith, Georgia.

  18. Mike J Says:

    Keep in mind, these guys by definition weren’t good enough to get a Senior Bowl invite.There are a lot of alums on rosters, however.

  19. Andrew 1 Says:

    @ Shayne

    That kid’s a linebacker!? he’s so small that I watched up to 1 minute of the video thinking he was a corner back. lol. I have to be honest and say that there is not much talent in this years east west shrine game. out of that game you might only get a couple of players who actually make it in the nfl. It wont keep me from watching though.

  20. ShayneGoodfellow Says:


    Yes he is undersized, but isn’t Lavonte the EXACT same size as him? 6’1 233. I also saw Hodges lay some hard hits in that highlight video. I think the players in the Shrine game have some extra motivation cause they know they are considered not good enough for the senior bowl. It will be interesting to see Joe’s favourite CB’s play, hope they make a bunch of plays and Dominik has his eyes on them. I JUST WANT FREE AGENCY AND THE DRAFT TO COME ALREADY!!

  21. Andrew 1 Says:

    @ Shayne

    true, your right. that’s a good point. but there is also a chance he could end up like another previous undersized Lb that we had who went by the name of Geno Hayes. I tend to shy away from undersized LBs because of there tendency to get dominated at the line of scrimmage. but who knows its all a crap shoot. I have to say though, that Hodges kid plays with a lot of heart.

  22. ShayneGoodfellow Says:

    @ Andrew

    You also have a good point, that would suck if we drafted this guy and he became the next Geno Hayes.

  23. Piratic Says:

    Great work, Joe!
    Media credentials are a great thing, no?
    I’m envious.