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22 December 2015

BUCCANEERS RB DOUG MARTIN & DT GERALD MCCOY SELECTED TO PRO BOWL

LB Lavonte David & G Logan Mankins Voted as Alternates
The National Football League announced today that Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy have been named to the 2016 Pro Bowl.
                                                                                                                     
A first-round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft (31st overall), Martin has rushed 256 times for 1,305 yards (5.1 avg.) and five touchdowns, with 25 catches for 205 yards and one touchdown. Martin’s 1,305 rushing yards are the second-most in the NFL this season and the third-most in a single season in team history. He ranks fourth in the league in scrimmage yards with 1,510 – the sixth-highest single-season mark in franchise history. His 5.1 yards per carry are the most by any player with at least 150 carries this season and would stand as the highest mark in a single season in franchise history.
 
This is Martin’s second career Pro Bowl selection, after being chosen as a rookie in 2012. He joins Warrick Dunn (1997, 2000) as the only Buccaneers running backs to ever be selected to the Pro Bowl in multiple seasons.
 
“I can’t think of a more deserving player to be named to the Pro Bowl than Doug Martin,” said Buccaneers Head Coach Lovie Smith. “So much of our success on offense is directly related to Doug’s achievements this season. With two games still to be played, he is in the mix for the rushing title and that is a very special achievement in our league. It is exciting for our entire team to see him receive this type of much-deserved recognition.”
 
With this selection, McCoy becomes the first Buccaneers player to earn Pro Bowl honors in four consecutive seasons since Derrick Brooks (10 seasons, 1997-2006). The former third overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft, McCoy leads the Buccaneers this season with 7.5 sacks, the fourth-most by a defensive tackle in the NFL this year. Since his first Pro Bowl selection in 2012, McCoy is second in the league in sacks by a defensive tackle (30.5) and third in tackles for loss (44) among defensive tackles. He has helped anchor Tampa Bay’s run defense, which ranks second in the NFL in opponent rushing average (3.34) and ninth in the league in rushing yards per game allowed (94.4).
 
McCoy is one of only nine players in franchise history to be voted to four Pro Bowls, joining fullback Mike Alstott (1997-2002), defensive back Rondé Barber (2001, 2004-06, 2008), linebacker Derrick Brooks (1997-2006, 2008), tight end Jimmie Giles (1980-82, 1985), safety John Lynch (1997, 1999-2002), linebacker Hardy Nickerson (1993, 1996-99), defensive tackle Warren Sapp (1997-2003) and defensive end Lee Roy Selmon (1979-84).
 
“I am excited for Gerald’s fourth Pro Bowl selection,” said Smith. “This selection is a testament to Gerald’s tireless work ethic and the professional pride he displays here every day as one of our team captains. This season, despite battling through injuries, Gerald has anchored our run defense while still leading our team in sacks. He’s the best interior defensive lineman in the league and I’m proud of his achievement.”
 
The NFL also announced that linebacker Lavonte David and guard Logan Mankins were voted as alternates to the Pro Bowl roster.
 
This season, David ranks fourth in the NFL in tackles (126), while leading all linebackers in passes defensed (12) and tying for the second-most interceptions by linebackers (three). Since entering the league as a second-round pick (58th overall), David ranks first in the league in solo tackles (392), second in total tackles (555), second in tackles for loss (66), second in interceptions by a linebacker (nine) and third in passes defensed by a linebacker (30). If invited, it would be David’s first career Pro Bowl selection and the first by a Buccaneers linebacker since 2008 (Derrick Brooks).
 
Mankins was voted a captain in his second season with Tampa Bay. The 11-year veteran has been voted to six previous Pro Bowls (2008, 2010-14) and, if invited, would be the first Buccaneers offensive lineman to be selected since 2011 (guard Davin Joseph). This year, Mankins has helped anchor an offensive line that features four new starters, including two rookies, yet ranks fourth in the NFL in rushing yards per game (141.5), tied for sixth in sacks allowed (24.0) and seventh in total yards per game (374.2).
 
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