William Gholston

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William Gholston
No. 92     Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-07-31) July 31, 1991 (age 22)
Place of birth: Detroit, Michigan
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)Weight: 281 lb (127 kg)
Career information
High school: Detroit (MI) Southeastern
College: Michigan State
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 4 / Pick: 126
Debuted in 2013 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-Big Ten (2011, 2012)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 16, 2013
Tackles29
Sacks2.0
Forced Fumbles0
Stats at NFL.com
 
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William Gholston
No. 92     Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-07-31) July 31, 1991 (age 22)
Place of birth: Detroit, Michigan
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)Weight: 281 lb (127 kg)
Career information
High school: Detroit (MI) Southeastern
College: Michigan State
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 4 / Pick: 126
Debuted in 2013 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-Big Ten (2011, 2012)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 16, 2013
Tackles29
Sacks2.0
Forced Fumbles0
Stats at NFL.com

William Gholston (born July 31, 1991) is an American football defensive end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). Gholston played college football for Michigan State University. The Tampa Buccaneers selected him in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.[1]

Early years[edit]

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Gholston attended Mumford High School in Detroit, where he was a USA Today High School All-American in 2008. For his senior year, he transferred to Southeastern High School.[2] He recorded a career-best 115 tackles as a senior, with 44 resulting in losses including 27 sacks, and also forced 10 fumbles and blocked two punts.

Considered a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was rated as the third best strong side defensive end in the nation.[3] He accepted a scholarship from Michigan State University over offers from Michigan and Ohio State.

College career[edit]

Gholston enrolled in Michigan State University, and played for the Michigan State Spartans football team from 2010 to 2012. As a freshman in 2010, he saw action in the first 10 games of the 2010 season before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury vs. Minnesota. He recorded 13 tackles and five quarterback hurries. In 2011, he began a full-time starter for the Spartans. He led the Spartan defensive linemen with 70 tackles and finished tied for seventh in the Big Ten with 16.0 tackles for loss (50 yards); that total also ranks tied for seventh in MSU single-season history, and he also was tied for 11th in the Big Ten with 5.0 sacks (30 yards). He tied a Spartan-bowl record with 5.0 tackles for loss (16 yards), including a career-best 2.0 sacks (10 yards), in the 33-30 triple overtime win against No. 18 Georgia in the 2012 Outback Bowl, and garnered all-conference second team honours. As a junior in 2012, he led the Spartan defensive linemen and ranked fourth on the team with 59 tackles. He also led the team and ranked eighth in the Big Ten with 13.0 tackles for loss (49 yards), and led the team with 4.5 sacks (24 yards).

Professional career[edit]

On January 3, 2013, Gholston announced he would forego his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft.[4] On April 27, 2013, William Gholston was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth round with the 29th Pick (126th overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft. Gholston signed his contract on May 14, 2013, and his four-year deal is worth $2,560,544; it included a $400,544 signing bonus.

Personal life[edit]

He is a cousin of former Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end and New York Jets draft pick bust Vernon Gholston.[5]

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