After tallying the votes, the 2013 Bucs Nation Most Improved player is right tackle Demar Dotson
Demar Dotson's story is well chronicled. He was a basketball player at Southern Mississippi and did not end up on the football field until 2008, where he played defensive tackle. Considered a project, the Buccaneers took a chance on him and signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2009. When they got him, the staff figured his nimble feet and long arms, at 6'9", would be perfect for offensive line. The Bucs slowly pushed Dotson along and allowed him to learn his new position.
Dotson made his debut in 2009 on special teams, and for the next two season, Dotson would be used primarily as a 2nd tight end on two tight end sets. In the 2011 season, Dotson would take over for an inconsistent Jeremy Trueblood and make his first start against the Saints. Dotson was a work in progress that year, as he showed a lack of strength in the run game and did not utilize his full gifts in pass blocking.
But Dotson continued to work and hone his craft and as the 2012 season began, Dotson showed incredible improvement in both facets of his blocking. Dotson would start 15 games in 2012 and was a primary reason for the Bucs' offensive surge. In 2013, Dotson put it all together and had not only his best season, but was the most consistent offensive lineman on the team. Fans could see Dotson put in the work and it has definitely paid off. A true project, Dotson has shown how even someone from a different sport AND different position can truly make it in the league.