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Ex-Plant QB Marve among free agents earning tryout with Bucs

Published:   |   Updated: April 29, 2013 at 06:08 PM

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Former Plant High School quarterback Robert Marve is among the undrafted rookie free agents the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will bring in for a tryout after the completion of the 2013 NFL draft on Saturday.

Marve, the 2006 Mr. Florida Football Award winner, struggled through a difficult college career that began with him missing his true freshman season at the University of Miami because of a broken arm suffered in a car crash.

Marve then played the 2007 and 2008 seasons for the Hurricanes, leading Miami to a 6-5 record as the starter in 2008 before being replaced by Jacory Harris for the final regular-season game and his team's bowl game.

Marve announced he was transferring to Purdue in 2009 and after sitting out the 2009 season because of NCAA transfer rules, he became the Boilermakers' starter in 2010.

Marve started the first four games of the 2010 season, going 2-2, but he suffered a torn ACL in the fourth game, ending his 2010 season. In 2011 Marve was relegated to backup duty behind starter Rob Henry and later Caleb TerBush.

The NCAA granted Marve a rare sixth year of eligibility due to his multiple injuries, but he once again spent most of the 2012 season backing up TerBush.

On Monday, the Bucs announced the signings of 13 undrafted, free-agent rookies:

Deveron Carr, cornerback, Arizona State

Jerry Johnson, receiver, UCLA

Evan Landi, tight end, South Florida

Rashaan Melvin, cornerback, Northern Illinois

D.J. Monroe, receiver, Texas

Willie Moseley, linebacker, Buffalo

Brice Schwab, tackle, Arizona State

Akeem Shavers, running back, Purdue

Adam Smith, guard, Western Kentucky

Branden Smith, cornerback, Georgia

Nick Speller, tackle, UMASS

Jason Weaver, tackle, Southern Mississippi

Tim Wright, receiver, Rutgers

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the nature of former Plant High and Purdue University quarterback Robert Marve's agreement with the team.

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