The season may have ended early for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but they are already busy putting together their team for next year. On Thursday, the team announced that they have signed Drew Ferris, a long snapper who formerly played for the Florida Gators.
A native of Carlsbad, California, Ferris began playing in his local Pop Warner youth football program in 6th grade. When he reached high school, he played football at La Costa Canyon High School. As as sophomore, he later transferred to San Diego Jewish Academy. Ferris also played basketball during his tenure at the academy and now credits his varsity basketball coach as a formative role model in his life.
During high school, Ferris started out playing defensive end and defensive tackle. However, on impulse, he volunteered to be a long snapper and found his niche. After a stint at Chris Rubio’s training camp, he landed on several college recruiting lists as a five-star candidate. Ferris received scholarship offers from both Old Dominion University and San Jose State University, but opted to attend the University of Florida instead. After redshirting as a freshman, Ferris finally got a chance to take the field in 2011. A collarbone injury cut his 2012 season short, but he was able to return to the team in 2013.
Ferris, who placed on the SEC Academic Honor Roll four times, graduated from the University of Florida in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He joined the Seattle Seahawks organization in 2016, replacing Clint Gresham, but was released before he had a chance to play in a game. However, he did train with the Seahawks during the summer months and also had a chance to train with the New York Jets at their 2015 rookie camp.
Ferris may be joining the Bucs’ previous long snapper Garrison Sanborn. The team signed Sanborn in September 2017 and he played in all 16 games. He is now an unrestricted free agent, but it is not clear if the team will re-sign him or opt to field Ferris instead.