Quote of the day
"Sometimes, it's not your wedding night and it's just a normal day that you go through."
Coach Lovie Smith on the perceived slow pace of Thursday's practice compared with Wednesday's chippy session
Play of the day
WR Louis Murphy, a graduate of St. Petersburg's Lakewood High and a former Florida Gators star, had another strong showing. It included a diving catch in the left corner of the end zone on a pass by Mike Glennon after beating S Kelcie McCray in a one-on-one drill.
Under the lights
The Bucs are pumped for tonight's practice at Raymond James Stadium (7:30), which is open to the public. "It's one thing to practice on the practice field," Smith said. "But when you go to the stadium, it's a different feel. So our players are excited about getting the feel for Raymond James Stadium."
The coaching staff includes two interns for camp from the NFL's Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship. Connor Embree played flanker and returned punts for Kansas last season. Embree, who ranked fourth in the Big 12 in punt returns with an average of 11.4 yards, is the son of Bucs tight ends coach Jon Embree. Embree makes it four sons of current coaches on the staff. Smith's son Mikal is the safeties coach. Another son, Miles, is an intern as is Quinn Tedford (son of offensive coordinator Jeff). USF linebackers coach Raymond Woodie is the other Walsh intern.
Joe Smith, Times staff writer
When: Through Aug. 14
Where: One Buc Place
Today: 7:30-9:30 p.m. (Raymond James Stadium)
Sunday: 4:30-7 p.m.
Monday: 4:30-7 p.m.
Tuesday: 4:30-7 p.m.
Aug. 10: 2-4:30 p.m.
Aug. 11: 4:30-7 p.m.
Aug. 12: 4:30-7 p.m.
Aug. 14: 2-4:30 p.m.
Tickets: buccaneers.com, (813) 870-2700
Note: Times subject to change. For the latest updates, see buccaneers.com.
Aug. 8: at Jaguars, 7:30, Ch. 8
Aug. 16: vs. Dolphins, 7:30, Ch. 8 *
Aug. 23: at Bills, 4:30, Ch. 8
Aug. 28: vs. Redskins, 7:30, Ch. 8 *
* Subject to blackout