One of the most encouraging signs for the Bucs this season has been the play of their rookie class, especially LB Lavonte David, the NFL's defensive rookie of the month in November.
David, a 6'1, 230-pound OLB, has been a play-making force all over the field for Tampa Bay. He's started all 12 games this season, with 108 tackles, three pass deflections and one interception.
But his approach to the game has been what has really impressed Bucs head coach Greg Schiano this season (courtesy of the Tampa Bay Times):
"He approaches it like a true professional, which is rare for a rookie to be on point with his preparation," Schiano said. "He truly has bought into the way we do things here."
One of the benefits of hiring a coach out of college is his experience with the best players coming into the NFL. Schiano, who made his bones as a recruiter at Rutgers, came into the NFL with a lot more intimate knowledge of guys like David than any of his counterparts.
So far, that's been paying off for Tampa Bay.