Ali Marpet Already A Floridian

May 9th, 2015
Bucs G Ali Marpet is already somewhat used to the Tampa Bay lifestyle.

Bucs G Ali Marpet is already somewhat used to the Tampa Bay lifestyle.

Yeah, jumping from a Division-III tackle to an NFL guard overnight is going to be a transition for Bucs offensive linemen Ali Marpet. He doesn’t deny it.

However, Marpet may have an edge over anyone else in his Bucs rookie class. Marpet is essentially, a Tampa Bay area resident.

After practice yesterday, Marpet explained all of his ties to St. Petersburg.

“My sister goes to school at Eckerd College, my brother graduated from Eckerd College and my mom’s got a place in St. Petersburg,” Marpet said. “So it’s been an easy transition for me.”

Think about that. Once training camp is over, if he doesn’t want to, he doesn’t have to go apartment hunting in the area. He can live at his mom’s place across the bay.

Still, that cloud of being a Division-III player hangs over Marpet like a Florida summer afternoon cloudburst. Marpet accepts this labeling as both reality, and a motivating factor to prove his worth.

“It’s definitely a big difference,” Marpet said. “Even today [with just rookies], you could see the size and speed is different. I had a little taste of that in the Senior Bowl. It’s definitely going to be a challenge but I think I can adjust to it. I think the team thinks I can adjust to it and that’s why they picked me to come here. I’m pretty confident that I’ll be able to do that.”

Marpet confessed that when he and his roommate, Donovan Smith, have their heads in their playbooks, his head is “spinning.” When training camp begins, Marpet is expected to be going against Gerald McCoy on a daily basis.

“He’ll make me a better player, so I’m excited about that,” Marpet said.

To hear more from Marpet, click the black button below. Audio player courtesy of Joe’s good friends at WDAE-AM 620.

16 Responses to “Ali Marpet Already A Floridian”

  1. JoeJoes Fungi Nails Says:

    happy for this guy

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Going against GMC daily will absolutely help Marpet….and, hopefully it will help GMC too…….livin’ with Mom is a good thing….as long as you don’t try to shoot her boyfriends.

  3. Espo Says:

    Does Eckerd play football? If so, draft his sister.

  4. BucFanAgain Says:

    Lovie and licht are gaing my trust back.thats going to be a monster line.glad Mankins is here to teach the kid.hes the line coach,not Warhop.

  5. Buddhaboy Says:

    Cool thing about Gerald , he’ll teach marpet.

  6. Buccfan37 Says:

    I also have the gut feeling Marpet will have success with the Bucs.

  7. cover deuce Says:

    This guy could end up being the steal of this draft if he can play up to his immense athletic talents. You can never have enough big guys with his kind of movement skills.

  8. Buc4life1979 Says:

    EXCELLENT!! If he can manage to just break even in his coming matchups with GMC during training camp, he’ll be well worth his weight in blocking.

  9. Mumbles Says:

    Marpet is my pet! Go Bucs!

  10. Ray Rice Says:

    Aunt Geraldine isn’t teaching anyone $hit but to talk, talk, talk, and talk some more. Big Brother Ali is going to manhandle Aunt Geraldine. It won’t be the first time that happens to Aunt Geraldine with a rookie.

  11. TheShaz Says:

    I’ve been impressed how he interviewed. Yesterday, the way he handled the media. It was like a 7 year Pro.

  12. Destinjohnny Says:

    Man we took a huuuuuuuuuggggge gamble him. I hope it works out.

  13. MOBucs Says:

    Smart young man. Rooting for him!

  14. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    C’mon, before we label the young lad -The next coming of Randall McDaniel.
    Please have some patience.

    (Review MathUp against Henry Anderson)

  15. Pickgrin Says:

    Hope Marpet turns out to be a good NFL guard. We need one badly.

  16. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Was on my wishlist before anyone else brought him up.

    He’s gold.