Bucs Sign 13 Undrafted Free Agents

April 28 - The Buccaneers signed 13 undrafted college free agents to two-year contracts Monday. Among the rookies signed Monday were Florida running back Earnest Graham and Ohio State punter Andy Groom.

Tampa Bay signed 13 undrafted college free agents to two-year contracts Monday.

The two biggest names among the rookies to sign with the Bucs Monday were Florida running back Earnest Graham and Ohio State punter Andy Groom.

Graham, a 5-foot-9, 225-pound back, averaged 5.1 yards per carry and rushed for 3,085 yards and scored 33 touchdowns during his four-year tenure as a Gator. Graham started every game for the Gators as a senior and rushed for 1,085 yards and scored 11 touchdowns.

Groom (6-0, 196) is the only punter on Tampa Bay's roster, but the team has expressed some serious interest in re-signing veteran P Tom Tupa.

An All-Big Ten first-team choice for the national champion Buckeyes, Groom was one of the nation's best punters last season. As a senior, Groom ranked fourth in the nation with a gross average of 45.0 yards per punt and 13th with a net average of 37.9.

2003 Tampa Bay Undrafted Free Agents:

LB Altroy Bodrick - Clemson
CB Hirchel Bolden - Alabama
LB Michael Brown - Louisville
WR Sam Collins - Alabama
T Anthony Davis - Virginia Tech
WR Fabian Davis - Wake Forest
RB Earnest Graham - Florida
P Andy Groom - Ohio State
TE Will Heller - Georgia Tech
CB Marvious Hester - Georgia Tech
WR J.J. McKelvey - Clemson
DT Bernard Riley - USC
CB Ronyell Whitaker - Virginia Tech

Bodrick (6-1, 215) missed the entire 2001 season with a torn ACL but came back to win Clemson's comeback player of the year as a senior, where he started all 13 games and recorded 65 tackles, one sack and four fumble recoveries.

Bolden (5-10, 195) started seven of 13 games as a senior with the Crimson Tide last season and he notched 29 tackles, two interceptions and five passes defensed.

Brown (5-10, 220) joins his college teammate DE Dewayne White, who the Bucs selected in the second round of the draft on Saturday. Brown recorded 303 tackles, five sacks, six interceptions, six forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and 13 passes defensed during his four-year career as a Cardinal.

Collins (6-1, 181) started at wide receiver as a senior and caught 35 passes for 553 yards and three touchdowns. He caught a total of 73 passes for 953 yards and scored seven touchdowns in 47 games with Alabama.

A. Davis (6-4, 329) was a two-year starter at left tackle with Virginia Tech. He was an all-conference second-team selection and started every game in 2002.

F. Davis (5-11, 180) caught 100 passes for 1,557 yards (15.5 avg.) and scored six touchdowns. He also returned 75 punts and 40 kickoffs during his collegiate career, averaging 9.6 yards per punt return and 20.2 per kickoff attempt.

Heller (6-6, 250) was more effective as a blocker than he was as a pass-catcher in college. He did, however, catch 17 passes for 185 yards and one touchdown during his four-year career at Georgia Tech.

Hester (5-11, 185) started 36 games during his four-year tenure at Georgia Tech. He notched a total of 139 tackles, six interceptions, 27 passes defensed, two sacks and one forced fumble.

McKelvey (6-4, 210) made just eight career starts, but he finished in Clemson's top 15 in both receptions (84) and receiving yards (1,277). He played in all 13 games last season and hauled in 52 passes for 785 yards and scored four touchdowns.

Riley (6-1, 315) played in all 13 of USC's games last season after undergoing reconstructive knee surgery in 2001. Riley recorded 25 tackles, one sack and one pass defensed as a senior.

Whitaker (5-9, 186) was a three-year starter at Virginia Tech. He recorded 190 tackles, seven picks, 29 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery during his four-year collegiate career.


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