Rookie T Kenyatta Walker has seen a lot of Offensive Line Coach Chris Foerster so far but has yet to meet many Buccaneers fans
Kenyatta Walker was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on April 21. Two days later, on April 23, he was first introduced as a Buccaneer to the Tampa media and, four days after that, on April 27, he donned a Tampa Bay practice jersey for the first time.
Now, on Saturday, June 2, it will be your first chance to personally welcome him to the Bay area.
Walker is one of the nearly 60 Buccaneers players that will appear at the Bank of America FanFest at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday. This extremely popular annual event is a rare occasion for Buccaneers fans to meet nearly the entire roster at one time, from rookies like Walker and CB Dwight Smith to newcomers like Brad Johnson and Simeon Rice to well-known Buc veterans like Donnie Abraham and Derrick Brooks.
As a service to fans seeking specific players in the most comfortable settings, the 2001 Bank of America FanFest will have several separate areas designated for meeting Buccaneers and obtaining autographs.
Of the nearly 60 players on hand, 24 will be seated in four designated areas in the two club lounges, over the course of two separate two-hour shifts. Sections A and D will be set up in the West Lounge and Sections B and C will be arranged in the East Lounge. Following are the players scheduled to be in each section during the two shifts:
AM Shift (10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)
SECTION A Mike Alstott Ronde Barber Shaun King
SECTION B Derrick Brooks Jeff Christy Cosey Coleman
SECTION C Jamie Duncan Martin Gramatica Jacquez Green
SECTION D Donnie Abraham Reidel Anthony Dexter Jackson
PM Shift (12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.)
SECTION A Marcus Jones Kenyatta Walker Nate Webster
SECTION B John Lynch Anthony McFarland Dave Moore
SECTION C Randall McDaniel Shelton Quarles Warren Sapp
SECTION D Mark Royals Simeon Rice Jerry Wunsch
In addition, approximately 35 more Buccaneers players, including Brad Johnson, will meet fans and sign autographs on the West Main Concourse, again in two shifts.
From 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the autograph area on the Main Concourse will feature, among others, Rabih Abdullah, James Cannida, David Gibson, Jeff Gooch, Joe Hamilton and Brian Kelly. From 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., a second group will stand in, including Brad Johnson, Frank Murphy, Pete Pierson, Alshermond Singleton, Dwight Smith, Aaron Stecker, Steve White and Karl Williams.
In addition to the player appearances, the Bank of America FanFest will also feature interactive games, photograph opportunities on the Pirate Ship and with Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders, the ever-popular question-and-answer session with Tony Dungy and the Buccaneers' coaching staff, and other attractions.
Admission is free through Gate C, which opens at 9:30 a.m. Parking can be found in Lots 5 and 6, off the Himes exit.
Healing and Hurting
With approximately 80 players on hand for voluntary practices, it's a virtual certainty that some will be in various stages of recovery from injuries. As injured players return, others often take their place in the training room.
For example, Brian Kelly and Jameel Cook crossed rehab paths in opposite directions this week.
Kelly, who had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee four weeks ago, returned to the field this week and was given full clearance by Head Trainer Todd Toriscelli. Kelly's recovery was swift, as his return fell into the early range of when it was predicted he would be back in action. He is under no restrictions and experienced no discomfort during the week. Toriscelli checked out Kelly's knee after the final practice of the week on Thursday and was a touch surprised that Kelly was not at least somewhat sore.
Cook, however, had to watch the last two practices after suffering a right hamstring pull during the first of the three workouts on Tuesday. According to Toriscelli, Cook's injury is significant enough to shut him down for the rest of the voluntary 'camp', which has two weeks remaining. The rookie sixth-round choice has remained on hand, however, as he can still absorb the mental lessons of camp.
The area surrounding the lobby at One Buccaneer Place, the team's headquarters, is currently under construction as the Bucs' scouting department usurps a little extra territory. The organizational chart has had a little shakeup as well.
Mark Dominik, who joined the team in 1995 after first working in the Kansas City Chiefs' scouting department, has been named director of pro personnel. Prior to his promotion, Dominik spent the past year as the team's coordinator of pro personnel and the previous two seasons as a pro scout.
Among Dominik's duties are the tracking and scouting of all players on the league's 31 teams, as well as self-scouting of the Buccaneers. He will continue to oversee the compilation of advance scouting reports on Tampa Bay opponents during the season and aid in the recruitment of free agents during the offseason.