By Jeff Berlinicke
TAMPA – After a sophomore season in which he was a pleasant surprise to a
defensive line that was depleted after the loss of Warren Sapp to free agency
and the multiple injuries to Anthony McFarland, Dewayne White hasn't had the
kind of year coach Jon Gruden hoped for.
The strides he made as his rookie year progressed weren't often seen earlier
this season, but White made up for any lapse with a big game last weekend in the
dramatic overtime win over Atlanta.
He was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week after blocking a potential
game-winning field goal and salvaging the Bucs suddenly strong playoff hopes.
White also had three tackles and a sack of Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick in
"I never played special teams until I got to the Bucs,'' White said. "For a
defensive lineman who is one of the biggest guys out there, It's a big deal.''
The Bucs won the game on Matt Bryant's field goal with 15 seconds remaining in
There were some Bucs who were upset that the Carolina Panthers have already
started to sell merchandise for winning the South Conference championship.
Actually, the Bucs can win it with a win over the Saints on Sunday. The
Panthers are claiming it was all a misunderstanding.
Bucs punter Josh Bidwell was missing from practice this week with good reason:
His wife is due to give birth this week and it was decided to induce labor
before the Bucs game on Sunday. Also, punt returner Mark Jones is questionable
for Sunday with a foot injury. Ike Hilliard will return punts if Jones is unable
White Makes Special Impact
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