By Jeff Berlinicke
The year wasn't a total loss for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Not only did they replace the 5-11 record of 2004 with an 11-5 reversal in 2005, there were several individual achievements to laud.
Wide receiver Joey Galloway became the most prolific single season scorer in Bucs history with two touchdowns in the season finale against the Saints to finish with a career-high 10 for the season. Three players – Kevin House, Mark Carrier, and Bruce Hill previously held the record with nine.
Rookie Cadillac Williams ran for 434 yards in the Bucs first three games, an NFL record for a player in his first three career games. He missed six games in the middle of the season with a foot injury, but still mounted a 1,178-yard season, topping Reggie Cobb's previous Bucs rookie record of 1,071. Errict Rhett is the only other Buc rookie to go over 1,000 yards.
Williams also rushed for more than 100 yards six times, topping the previous Bucs record of five for any player, not just a rookie.
Two defensive standouts – Shelton Quarles and Simeon Rice – also came close to setting team records. Quarles had 198 tackles, including 20 in the regular season finale to fall just short of Derrick Brooks' team record, and Rice had 14 sacks to fall short of the club record by one.
Finally, punter Josh Bidwell punted for a gross average of 45.6 yards, shattering the Bucs previous record of 43.3. The effort earned Bidwell his first trip to the Pro Bowl.
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