Defensive end Adrian Clayborn had a solid year for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a rookie in 2011, and the team expects more of the same in 2012.
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While there are plenty of questions surrounding the Bucs, Clayborn is one player they're confident they can count on.
Tampa Bay's second-year right end has emerged as the one sure playmaker on a defensive line that was ravaged down the stretch in 2011.
"He's ferocious," fellow defensive end Michael Bennett said of Clayborn, who is leading a young defense by example at the age of 24. "Being an older guy (26), I still look up to Adrian for his tenacity and strength. The man's work ethic is second to none.''
Clayborn finished the 2011 season with 7.5 sacks.
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