Buc Mag Round-Up

September 4 - Each week the Buccaneer Magazine staff asks the same question to a group of Tampa Bay Buccaneers and records their responses. This week's question is: "If you could play another position in football, what would it be?" The answers may surprise you.

Each week the Buccaneer Magazine staff asks a question to several members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and brings you their responses in this BucMag.com Insiders Pass exclusive. We're even including a couple of recently released Bucs because this week's Round-Up information was compiled prior to cutdown day on Sunday, September 2.

This week's question: "If you could play another position in football, what would it be?"

LT KENYATTA WALKER
"I'd say receiver. I'd love to catch a couple of touchdowns."

WR FRANK MURPHY
"I'd like to play safety. I like to hit, and I'd love to pick off a pass and take it coast to coast."

FORMER BUCS RT GEORGE HEGAMIN
"I'd like to play linebacker. I wouldn't weight over 300 pounds, and I'd be a whole lot faster and make a whole bunch of money like Derrick Brooks."

FORMER BUCS QB RYAN LEAF
"Linebacker. I've got the size for it and I'd love to flip it around and hit some quarterbacks for a change instead of taking a beating."

SS DAVID GIBSON
"I'd love to play D-line. I would love to be a rush end like Simeon Rice and just come off the corner and sack quarterbacks. That would be fun. Instead of worrying about quarterbacks, like I do now, they'd have to worry about me. If you're a defensive end, you're the first line of defense and if you mess up you always have those linebackers and secondary backing you up."

DT CHARTRIC DARBY
"Most definitely fullback. That's what I played in high school and I played a little bit in college. I really like running the ball and scoring points and knocking some linemen down. I like to lay the wood on people."

CB DWIGHT SMITH
"Probably tailback. That's what I played in high school. I wanted to play tailback. I was 5-foot-8, 175 pounds in high school. But then I also had 12 interceptions so they put me at corner in college. I love to have the ball in my hands, so it would definitely be tailback."

LB JEFF GOOCH
"Quarterback. Right out of the gate. Done deal. Deep down, I am a quarterback. I play linebacker for a living. But deep down I'm a quarterback. Ask my mom. Call her up. I'm trapped in linebacker's body. I've been a quarterback all my life up until now. But this linebacker thing is working out alright, too."

P MARK ROYALS
"Quarterback. I have the best QB rating on the team right now. You could make a case for me to get some more touches because my QB rating is like 127. That warrants getting more throws, doesn't it? And no interceptions, either. That's tops as far as I'm concerned. I'm really a quarterback trapped in a punter's body."

K MARTIN GRAMATICA
"I want to be a punter. Being a punter is so easy (as Mark Royals is listening intently from the next locker over). I just want to be a punter. I'd also like to be a receiver. I thought I was fast until I came here. When I played soccer I thought I was fast, but I see these guys run and I'm slow."

TE TODD YODER
"Punter. They've got a good life. Just go out and punt or kick without having to go through practice."

G RUSS HOCHSTEIN
"Probably kicker. They seem to have the easiest life of any football player that I know of. That's what I would be. You're still part of team, and you still get paid. You're needed in crucial situations, but you don't have to go through all of the practices."

RT JERRY WUNSCH
"It wouldn't be too bad being Martin Gramatica. That's been a popular answer? I believe it. Either Martin's or Mark Royals' job. If I was Mark I'd have my knee messed up. So maybe Martin."

LT PETE PIERSON
"I think I'd be a kicker, and that's probably been a popular answer, right? I see what these guys do all day and it seems like half the time they are in there eating lunch. I'm sure their job is tough, but they don't have to take care of the insane media as much as we do. I think they spend a lot more time on their personal appearance and their hair than say, an offensive lineman would. They don't sweat that much, so they can get in there after practice and get their hair done where everybody else just gets their cap on takes off."


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