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Bucs: Spence pleasant surprise; injury report; alumni return

Rookie nose tackle Akeem Spence is a fourth-round pick out of Illinois.


Rookie nose tackle Akeem Spence is a fourth-round pick out of Illinois.

Quote of the day

"He definitely is a better rusher than I thought he was off the tape."

Coach Greg Schiano on NT Akeem Spence, a fourth-round pick in April, being a pleasant surprise

Injury report

WR Tiquan Underwood (hamstring) was sidelined again. Schiano said there is no timetable for TE Luke Stocker (calf), on the physically unable to perform list, to return. "It's going slower than we initially thought," Schiano said. "Calves are a weird thing. You don't take a step without using it, yet you want to use it. You don't want to take all of the weight off it. So it sometimes takes a little longer to heal. I don't think it's going to be weeks, but I don't know if it's going to be days either."

Play of the day

Regarded more for his physical play, S Dashon Goldson showed why the Bucs believe he can be a solid cover man. Undercutting a deep out route by TE Nate Byham, Goldson broke on Mike Glennon's pass and made a diving interception.

Number of the day


Days until the preseason opener, Thursday against the Ravens.

Alumni day

Thursday marked the annual day when alumni visit. Among those who returned to camp: WR Horace Copeland, TE Anthony Becht, CB Ricky Reynolds, DT Chuck Darby, S Mark Cotney and S Mark Robinson.

Stephen F. Holder, Times staff writer

Training camp

Where: One Buc Place, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (just east of Raymond James Stadium) in Tampa

Admission: Free

Gates open: 7:45 a.m.

Public practices

Today: 8:45-11:30 a.m.

Saturday: 8:45-11:30 a.m.

Tuesday: 8:45-11:30 a.m.

Aug. 10: 10:10 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Preseason games

Thursday: Ravens, 7:30, Ch. 8

Aug. 16: at Patriots, 8, Ch. 13

Aug. 24: at Dolphins, 7:30, Ch. 8

Aug. 29: Redskins, 7:30, Ch. 8

Bucs: Spence pleasant surprise; injury report; alumni return 08/01/13 [Last modified: Thursday, August 1, 2013 10:02pm]
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