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Bucs' camp a real wake-up call for Busbee

TAMPA -- Former USF tight end Ben Busbee had hoped to hear from an NFL team this past week, but admitted he was sound asleep when his agent, Jonathan Kline, called him around 9 on Friday morning.


"Please tell me you're in Tampa," his agent told him, and a groggy Busbee replied that he was. "He said, 'Get over to the Bucs' training camp.' I said, 'Alright.'"

Sure enough, Florida State tight end Caz Piurowski had failed a physical exam, opening up a spot in the Bucs' rookie minicamp, and Busbee was invited to hurry over to One Buc Place to go through medical testing before a morning walkthrough and then three days of practices.

Busbee, who has trained with former USF walk-on Nick Schuyler to prepare for such an opportunity, had to call his friend to let him know he would be missing their scheduled workout session, with a good excuse.

Busbee and former Bulls quarterback Matt Grothe were roommates for much of their five seasons together at USF, and the tight end said it was only fitting that they be on the field together for their first day in the pros.

"I came running out on the field, and (Grothe) told me at lunch that he said, 'That looks like Bus ... Holy (crap) it is!" Busbee said Friday. "It's pretty cool, throwing the ball around with each other. Through all of our preparation, we just wanted to give it a shot and see what happened."

Busbee said Grothe put in a good word for him with the Bucs as a potential minicamp invite when the two had private workouts with the team before the draft. Busbee wasn't used much at USF, with just 16 catches for 212 yards and four touchdowns for his career, but he's lining up this weekend across the line of scrimmage from rookie Gerald McCoy, the No. 3 overall pick in the draft.

(Check out two pics of Busbee in his new Bucs uniform in our Bucs rookie minicamp photo gallery.)

-- USF softball got a 2-1 upset win against Louisville on Saturday afternoon, ending a six-game losing streak. The Bulls (22-27) were held to two hits in a 4-0 loss in Saturday's first game, but bounced back to win the second with two runs in the fifth inning. The two teams wrap up their series at 11 a.m. Sunday.

[Last modified: Friday, July 16, 2010 11:24am]


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