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Patchwork defensive line playing well for Tampa Bay Bucs

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They are not exactly the Fearsome Foursome, but the Tampa Bay Bucs are getting production from an under-appreciated defensive line. The Bucs have had to patch and spackle lately, but they’ve still won two games in a row. During that time, defensive ends William Gholston and Noah Spence and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy have played well. “I think Gerald gets a bad rap sometimes,” said Bucs’ coach Dirk Koetter. “People don’t appreciate what he brings to the table. Having coached against him, you’ve got to double team him or…

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Miami could be missing much of its offensive line against Virginia Tech

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The University of Miami, already reeling from a sudden drop from the polls, may be without its defensive line Saturday against Virginia Tech. Coach Mark Richt already has declared that defensive end Demetrious Jackson and tackle Gerald Willis will miss this week’s game against the Hokies. Defensive end Chad Thomas is questionable with an injury. That leaves the Canes with backups Joe Jackson and Trent Harris. “Sometimes guys are banged up,” Richt said. “If a guy feels good enough the…

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FSU’s Fearsome Foursome faces challenge in Louisville

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Through two games, they have been more than impressive. They have been fierce. While much of the conversation about the FSU football team has surrounded the offense, what with its old weapons (Dalvin Cook) and its new one (Deondre Francois), the rock for the Seminoles has been its defense, in particular, its defensive lline. Just Wednesday, in fact, Bleacher Report ranked the Seminoles fourth in the country among defensive lines, Well, guess what. If FSU is going to say undefeated,…

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Bucs’ Gerald McCoy takes rookie end Noah Spence under his wing

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A young defensive lineman trying to learn about the speed of the NFL can use himself a pace horse. Noah Spence, meet Gerald McCoy. Spence, the Tampa Bay Bucs’ second-round draft pick, spent time practicing with McCoy during the off-season. With McCoy’s reputation for working hard, who else would you pick? “I did it on my own.” Spence said Sunday. “I knew I wanted to get a lot of good work in and he said he was staying here and…

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