Friday, August 17, 2018

Writers

Bob Putnam, Times staff writer

Bob Putnam, Times staff writer

Bob Putnam has covered high school sports for the Tampa Bay Times as a staff writer since 1996. He is a fourth-generation Floridian who graduated from Dixie Hollins High School and wrote for the student newspapers at St. Petersburg College and USF. He has covered the high school careers of football stars Riley Cooper (CCC/Florida/Philadelphia Eagles), Dante Fowler (Lakewood/Florida/Jacksonville Jaguars), Leonard Johnson (Largo/Iowa State/Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Dexter McCluster (Largo, Mississippi/Tennessee Titans), among others.



Preseason football: Berkeley Prep passing game on point in weather-shortened win

TAMPA — Berkeley Prep did some strange things on offense Thursday night.Instead of wheeling around to hand off, quarterback Josh Youngblood was firing the ball down the field.The Bucs becoming more of passing...
Published: 08/16/18
Seattle Seahawks linebacker Shaquem Griffin (49) runs next to Indianapolis Colts tight end Erik Swoope (86) during the first half of an NFL football preseason game, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Former Lakewood star Shaquem Griffin impresses in NFL debut

Six months ago, Shaquem Griffin was a longshot to make an NFL roster. He was a late invitee to the combine and was taken in the fifth round by the Seattle Seahawks, a move that reunited him with his twin brother, Shaquill.Now, Shaquem...
Published: 08/10/18
Arizona Cardinals linebacker Mason Cole catches the ball during the first day of NFL football training camp, Saturday, July 28, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Area stars shining as rookies in NFL training camps

The NFL draft was loaded with locals. Those former area standouts already are making an impression as rookies, so much that many have a legitimate chance to either start or have significant playing time this season.Mason Cole,
Published: 08/07/18
Melanie Margalis competes in the Women's 200m Individual Medley at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  [Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images]

Swimmers Melanie Margalis, Robert Finke eye 2020 Summer Olympics

Melanie Margalis already has won an Olympic gold medal. Robert Finke could be in contention for one in two years.The former Countryside standouts took the next step toward swimming in the 2020 Summer Olympics after making the USA team...
Published: 08/06/18
Dixie Hollins quarterback Tyrie Adams (17) drops back for a pass at Jesuit for a spring football game. (Times file)

Three locals on FCS Walter Payton Award watch list

The Walter Payton Award, considered the Heisman Trophy of the Football Championship Series (Division I-AA), released its preseason watch list of players in contention.The list had a local flavor with three former area standouts...
Published: 08/06/18
OCTAVIO JONES | Times

HomeTeam 100 football countdown: Players 1-10

Published: 08/03/18
SCOTT PURKS | Special to the Times

HomeTeam 100 football countdown: Players 11-20

Our seventh annual countdown of the top 100 football players in Tampa Bay — consisting of athletes who attend a public or private school in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco or Hernando counties. Past performances — spanning the fall,...
Updated one month ago
Times file (2017)

HomeTeam 100 football countdown: Players 21-30

Our seventh annual countdown of the top 100 football players in Tampa Bay — consisting of athletes who attend a public or private school in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco or Hernando counties. Past performances — spanning the fall,...
Updated one month ago
Courtesy of Clearwater Academy International

HomeTeam 100 football countdown: Players 31-40

Our seventh annual countdown of the top 100 football players in Tampa Bay — consisting of athletes who attend a public or private school in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco or Hernando counties. Past performances — spanning the fall,...
Updated one month ago
DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

HomeTeam 100 football countdown: Players 41-50

Our seventh annual countdown of the top 100 football players in Tampa Bay — consisting of athletes who attend a public or private school in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco or Hernando counties. Past performances — spanning the fall,...
Updated one month ago