Quarterback/Kicker Cody Mauch

June 1st, 2023

Joe knew rookie Bucs guard Cody Mauch, Tampa Bay’s second-round pick, played tight end in high school.

But Joe learned a little more about Mauch this week and caught video of Mauch’s teenage receiving work.

A local southeast North Dakota sports outlet, Midco Sports, popped a cool video about Mauch’s history in his tiny hometown of less than 1,000 people. The video includes footage of Mauch’s toe-tapping ways in the end zone; he wasn’t just catching balls over the middle among guys too small to cover him.

Joe also soaked in the long feature on Mauch by TheAthletic.com. There Joe learned Mauch made starts at quarterback during his senior year of high school, in addition to punting and kicking.

When’s the last time a 300-pound NFL offensive lineman could say he played quarterback and kicker in high school?

Joe’s not about to suggest Mauch could be that versatile with the Buccaneers, but coaches are always looking for emergency players at various positions. And it sure wouldn’t shock Joe if Mauch caught a short pass in the end zone this season.

28 Responses to “Quarterback/Kicker Cody Mauch”

  1. bucabubba Says:

    The Bucfrigerator!

  2. zzbucs Says:

    I hope this kid shines, has everything to be a long term beloved Buc!!
    I am really rooting for this guy!!

  3. RustyRhinos Says:

    In this photo for a 6’6″ 305 lb player he sure does not look at all flabby. Next season after his first NFL season he will add to that 305 maybe 10-15 lbs. I am excited to watch him grow into his NFL frame.

  4. bucabubba Says:

    Joe needs to ask him what his preferred pronouns are. πŸ˜›

  5. PSL Bob Says:

    Agree with zzBucs. I really hope he pans out. Given Licht’s success with other small school o-line players, I’m very optimistic.

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    It’s hard to scheme plays for a Guard……but we need to try to use him without telegraphing it.
    Let’s hope he doesn’t have to kick.

  7. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    I could see him coming in on goal line plays as an extra blocker, rather than a starting guard. “Number 69 is eligible”. If he is as athletic as we hear, he definitely is the 4th tight end.

  8. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    Ok, not definitely. Maybe the 5th TE.

  9. Dooley Says:

    A power-I look on the goal line with Mauch at FB & Vea at HB would be hilarious to see a defense react to lol

  10. TBSwarm Says:

    “#69 is eligible” – Nice!

  11. Dewey Selmon Says:

    George Yarno Jr. rip

  12. SlyPirate Says:

    Great athleticism but doesn’t look big enough. I wouldn’t be surprised if he is a backup this year and a starter next year after he’s gained some size, strength, and experience.

  13. Pickgrin Says:

    Don’t linemen have to be on the outer end of the line and also report as an eligible receiver before the play starts in order to catch a pass?

    How does that work for a Guard without giving away your intention?

  14. Lakeland Steve Says:

    Bucabubba, they don’t use Pronouns in North Dakota.

  15. Dooley Says:


    It’s been a minute, but I think you can have a max of 7 players on the LOS and the last two men on either side of the LOS are eligible, if you were to add an 9th he’s got to line up off ball. Could be wrong, but I think thats how it works even for WRs when they’ll shift and the outside/inside WRs on the same side of the formation can alternate who’s on the LOS and who isn’t. The “offball” player is technically lined up “in the backfield” even if it’s just a step behind the LOS.

  16. Dooley Says:

    oops *meant 8th man not 9th man

  17. gp Says:

    Dooley Says:
    June 1st, 2023 at 11:59 am

    A power-I look on the goal line with Mauch at FB & Vea at HB would be hilarious to see a defense react to lol
    That’s something I wouldn’t mind seeing anywhere on the field!
    A physical, hard hitting run game like that will deplete a defensive line in just one series. After that, the field is yours!

  18. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    They have to announce as eligible because of their number, not where they line up. Anyone is eligible as long as you line up in an eligible position at the start of the play.

  19. Bucsfan13 Says:

    Bring back the fullback!!

  20. Irishmist Says:

    So that’s why Licht drafted him. He’s a kicker.

  21. BuckeyeBuck Says:

    Perfect fit for the zone blocking scheme DCanales is gonna run. This fits Wirfs, Mauch and Goedecke skill sets. Should be fun

  22. Fred McNeil Says:

    Vita Via and Mach in the backfield…. Scary.
    Somebody correct me if I’m wrong, but Mach would have to say to the ref “ineligible number reporting to an eligible position, but Via would not have to report. That’s why offensive linemen have to wear a number between 50 and 19. Generally, only centers are given numbers in the 50s, but any number in that range can be given to centers.

  23. BucaneroJim Says:

    The preferred pronoun is stud.

  24. Infomeplease Says:

    I hope he can play Guard, If not, then at Tackle!

  25. garro Says:

    We have our next kicker!!!

  26. garro Says:

    George Yarno! Look him up on Google.
    The epitome of over achievers for the Bucs.
    Lets hope Mauch can be another Yarno.
    Yarno once kicked a PAT for us.

  27. Watson Says:

    I hope he falls flat on his face, I’m so sick of hearing of mauch

  28. BillyA Says:

    This years Goedeke