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Xavier Allen Fulton is an offensive tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who selected him with the 155th overall pick in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Fulton played offensive and defensive tackle at Illinois, where he was a two-time All-Big Ten selection. Fulton is 6-feet, 5-inches tall and weighs 300 pounds. His first name is pronounced ZAV-yer.
Fulton recorded 98 total tackles and 7.5 sacks as a senior at Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Flossmoor, IL. Scout.com ranked him as the No. 25 defensive tackle prospect in the class of 25. He committed to Illinois prior to his senior season, choosing the Illini over Michigan State and Wisconsin.
As a true freshman, Fulton played eight games with three starts at defensive tackle. He recorded six total tackles on the season.
Fulton started the first seven games of his sophomore season, recording 13 total tackles before suffering a season-ending knee injury against Penn State. He was forced to miss the final four games of the 2005 season, and sat out all of 2006 as a medical redshirt.
In 2007, Fulton moved to the offensive side of the ball, starting all 13 games at the left tackle position. He recorded a team-high 109 knockdown blocks, paving the way for Illinois to rush for a Big Ten-leading 3,338 yards (fifth in the nation). Fulton was a second team All-Big Ten selection.
As a senior, Fulton was limited by a shoulder injury but still played all 12 games for Illinois. His protection on the offensive line helped Illinois lead the Big Ten in passing offense, earning him second team All-Big Ten honors. After the 2008 season, Fulton was invited to participate in the 2009 Senior Bowl.
Fulton was selected in the fifth round (155th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Before the 2009 season, Fulton signed a 4-year/$1.9M contract with the Buccaneers.
Fulton injured his knee in the Buccaneers final preseason game of 2009 and was placed on injured reserve.
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