Rookie quarterback Chris Simms, veteran punter Tom Tupa and new kick return man Fabian Davis shined Monday night as the Bucs tasted defeat for the first time since December 23rd.
August 18, 2003
With a Super Bowl ring in tow, the Bucs did not mind giving up another first round pick for the coach who led them to the promised land. And as a result, Jon Gruden and the rest of the organization had to wait before they were finally on the clock making their first pick.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. --- After five players were taken in the recently concluded 2003 NFL draft, another nine Alabama players signed contracts as free agents with NFL teams.
With the NFL draft set for this weekend, Alabama fans--and especially last year's seniors--anxiously wait and wonder.
<br><br>How many Tide players will be drafted and in what rounds?
Full-time starter the past two seasons and totaled 29 tackles, 2 interceptions and 5 pass defenses as a senior after 48/0/10 the prior year.
With scouts and coaches on hand from more than 14 different NFL teams, most of Alabama's graduating seniors, including several athletes from previous seasons, took part in Pro Day activities yesterday in Tuscaloosa.
For Hirchel Bolden, the challenge was nothing new. Having lost the starting cornerback job to a younger player, it was simply time for him to make another comeback.
<br><br>"Of course you want your job back," Bolden said. "That was my goal before I left was to get back on top."
November 6, 2002