Spence And Zuttah Square Off

May 20th, 2013

TCSchianowhistleThe Bucs’ first OTA practice of the year had some very early fireworks, as rookie defensive tackle Akeem Spence got into a fight with Jeremy Zuttah that left the fourth-round pick jerseyless this morning.

It took a while to break up the pile up, as flags flew from the practice referees on the sun-drenched fields of One Buc Palace.

Spence told Joe after practice that it was his first snap of practice and he didn’t have a good grasp on how hard to explode off the ball — newsflash, there’s not supposed to be contact during these practices — and it seemed Jeremy Zuttah let the rookie know quickly what it’s like in the big leagues.

It took a while to resolve, Spence said, because “I’m never going to back down.”

“Hopefully [Zuttah] respects me for that because I want to be a part of the team,” Spence said. “It’s just me not knowing the speed. … Now I know I need to throttle it down a little bit but at the same time get my work.

“I’m not going to back down from nobody so I mean I had to let that be known here on the first day here. So, hey, there it is.”

Joe couldn’t pick a winner in the scrum, though it seems the Bucs have a rookie that will play hard until and unless somebody tells him to dial it back.

25 Responses to “Spence And Zuttah Square Off”

  1. Nate Says:

    This is all good but we need no injuries before the start of real camp..

  2. BucsFan007 Says:

    Puts a Smile on my face ….. Luvin’ it.

  3. stevek Says:

    53 raging lunatics, all pointed in the same direction, with the same fierceness to compete, is what it will take to make the playoffs.

    “Country Club days are over.” – Thank you Davin Joseph!

  4. Bucs34 Says:

    Great sign of intensity! I do agree with @Nate no injuries please.

  5. Big Picture Guy Says:

    How about showing people you don’t back down by how hard you work, instead of by getting in dude’s grills just because it’s the first snap of underwear football.

    Get in someone’s grill on the first snap of preseason game 1, and tell your opponent what’s up, not the starting center on your own team.

  6. Gus Says:

    I love this. Don’t back down rookie. Just don’t hurt anybody remember we are all on the same team lol

  7. Macabee Says:

    No harm, no fault! Kid is trying to make a good first day impression. Evidently Zuttah was not impressed!

  8. robert Says:

    this is funny, stupid and encouraging all in one.

    how stupid does one have to be not to know it’s not a BLOW up the other guy on the 1st snap drill. I’m sure someone said this somewhere in a meeting or prior to practice LOL

    (Sapp sure is hell isn’t a rocket scientist and he turned out decent)

    Funny in that….well when someone does something stupid you laugh

    Encouraging in that he’s balls to the wall. love that.

  9. Tim Says:

    You have to expect scrums like this in practice, maybe not the first day but this stuff happens. These are all a bunch of alpha type guys and things happen.

    Here a rookie wasnt sure about protocall (I rather him go hard than soft) and a vet putting him in his place. I see nothing wrong here.

  10. loung Says:

    the best of the best ……. cool beer

  11. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    I see nothing wrong, but I don’t see reason to be impressed either. Spense scores no points for effort when the other guy is easily overcome because of protocol.

    At the same time, I can understand his mistake. Zuttah probably earned some respect though.

  12. flmike Says:

    He knew, he was sending a message

  13. WestCoastBucsFan Says:

    Nice to see the vets keeping the rooks in check. Sounds like Spence was trying to show off and Zuttah was having none of it.

  14. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    flmike Says:
    “He knew, he was sending a message”

    I don’t think that is the case, but if it is, the message is

    “I don’t care if a teammate gets injured as long as I look good.”

  15. 941-Bucs Says:

    Rookie mistake and a Veteran reprimand. Nothing to get to worried about as long as they can move past it!

    I love that Spence shows he is going to play ball from the very first snap

  16. TrueBlue Says:

    He’s just lettin people know he’s here to play hard nose football. Got everyone’s attention. It’s a good thing, far better than sucking up. Let’s move on.

  17. Bucnjim Says:

    941 said it best, but you have to remember right now it’s the guys who have jobs against the guys looking for jobs. Won’t be pretty either way!

  18. BirdDoggers Says:

    Other media sites have suggested that Schiano might be breaking the rules by having contact practices when no contact is allowed. Spence fired off the ball and made contact, that’s the reason for the scrum. Nothing more to it than that.

  19. MikeCK Says:

    That’s just rubbing…and rubbin’s racin’

  20. john Says:

    Go Strong Viking!!!!!!! Sound like a typical FWB Boy!!!! People from the fla panhandle are rugged cats man some of the tuffest people i have ever known.

  21. BigMacAttack Says:

    That O line is pretty big and strong. They are also pretty tight and the rookie may get some from Big Carl & Davin when he isn’t looking or ready. I wouldn’t want to p!ss those guys off again, but I like how he is trying to earn his keep.

  22. MTM Says:

    Hopefully Spence brings some nasty to the d line. They certainly need it.

  23. DallasBuc Says:

    MTM…that’s what I was thinking too. A little toughness with attitude on the dline would be a welcome change as long as it is backed up with production in the field. Got no problem with how things played out today.

  24. Brawl Breaks Out at Tampa Bay Buccaneers OTAs Says:

    […] [Zuttah] respects me for that because I want to be a part of the team,” Spence said, via JoeBucsFan.com. “It’s just me not knowing the speed. … Now I know I need to throttle it down a little bit […]

  25. Capt. Tim Says:

    Nothing wrong with a lil” hello” to the Vets.
    Bet they know Akeem spence is in camp!
    I really like it. They said this guy lacked fire- hope this is a sign that he wants to end that image!

    Go get’em Akeem! See if you can get Golston fired up too!
    That would raise that draft grade up to an A!!