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Greg Auman, Times Staff Writer

Greg Auman

Greg Auman has been at the Tampa Bay Times since 1999 and has covered the Bucs and the NFL since 2013. He covered the University of South Florida's athletic department from 2004-13.

Phone: (813) 226-3346

Email: auman@tampabay.com

Blog: Bucs Beat

Twitter: @GregAuman

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  1. Bucs place J.R. Sweezy, Louis Murphy on PUP list

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    TAMPA — The Bucs will open training camp Thursday with two key players held out of practice, as the team announced Tuesday that guard J.R. Sweezy and receiver Louis Murphy will start camp on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list.

    Neither player practiced with the Bucs in the offseason — Murphy is recovering from November ACL surgery and Sweezy is recovering from an unspecified procedure this spring. Both can be activated at any point and practice with the team....

    Ex-Lakewood High and Florida standout Louis Murphy had ACL surgery last year.
  2. Bucs' Sweezy, Murphy start training camp on PUP list

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    The Bucs will open training camp on Thursday with two key players held out of practice, as the team announced Tuesday that guard J.R. Sweezy and receiver Louis Murphy will start camp on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list.

    Neither player practiced with the Bucs at any point in the offseason -- Murphy is recovering from ACL surgery in November, while Sweezy is recovering from an unspecified procedure this spring. Both can be activated at any point and resume practicing with the team....

    J.R. Sweezy is recovering from an unspecified procedure this spring.
  3. How much can Jameis Winston improve in 2nd NFL season?

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    As Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston prepares for his second NFL season, a fundamental question to Tampa Bay's overall success is a simple one: How much better can Winston be compared to his rookie year?

    You'll hear about the supposed "sophomore slump" -- and such a thing certainly happens on occasion, in the NFL like any other sport -- but over the last five years, a large majority of young quarterbacks improve in their second seasons....

    Jameis Winston's rookie QB rating was very close to Cam Newton's in 2011.
  4. As camp looms, Bucs add WR Jonathan Krause to mix

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    By simple logic, any player picked up on waivers while NFL rosters are at 90 players will have long odds to stick around once rosters are cut to 53, and it's easy to dismiss a late-July NFL signing with "last in, first out" rationale. Having said that, there's reason to think Jonathan Krause -- claimed by the Bucs off waivers from the Eagles on Saturday -- could join what is already a deep and wide-open competition for the team's final receiver jobs....

  5. Bucs training camp info

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    Bucs preseason training camp

    One Buc Place; players report today

    Cost: Admission and parking are free

    Public practices: There are 11 open to the public (8:45 a.m. to 10:50 a.m., unless noted): Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Aug. 3, Aug. 4, Aug. 6, Aug. 8, Aug. 9, Aug. 13, Aug. 15, Aug. 24 (9:45-11:50, practice with Browns)

    Kids day: The Bucs open Thursday's practice to kids 14 and under who register for the Bucs Squad youth program. Get more information and sign up at bccn.rs/BucsSquadCamp....

  6. Bucs waive guard Robertson who was shot last month; claim ex-Eagles receiver Krause

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    TAMPA -- Two days before rookies report for training camp, the Bucs have waived guard Dominique Robertson, who was shot twice in the leg last month while visiting relatives in California.

    Robertson, 22, who had gotten a $7,500 signing bonus as an undrafted rookie, was waived with a nonfootball injury designation. The Bucs filled the opening by claiming receiver Jonathan Krause, who had been waived by the Eagles....

  7. 5 story lines for Bucs preseason camp

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    Here are five story lines expected between now and the start of the regular season. We'll get some answers with the first practice, with others not resolved until final roster cuts in September.

    1. Is anyone still injured?

    The biggest concern might be G J.R. Sweezy, who hasn't practiced since he was signed in March, due to a still-undisclosed "procedure." He's expected to take over for the retired Logan Mankins at left guard, so having one of the Bucs' biggest additions healthy is important....

    Bucs defensive end Jacquies Smith crawls in to score a touchdown on a fumble against the Jaguars last season. Smith, who is recovering from a shoulder injury, has 13½ sacks in two seasons since joining Tampa Bay.
  8. Jameis Winston assists program to bring youths, police together

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    TAMPA — Moments into a kickball game, Bucs tackle Donovan Smith stepped away from the crowd of youths gathered with teammate Jameis Winston behind a makeshift home plate, raised his hand and gently called out: "Officer!"

    The Tampa Police officer nodded, smiled and walked over, taking his place in line. He would end up popping up for an out, but at the same time, the at-bat was successful....

    Jameis Winston is joined by other athletes and law enforcement officers for “Champions of Character Day’’ in Tampa.
  9. 20 years of USF football: Five biggest program losses (w/video)

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    Five worst losses

    1. Rutgers 30, USF 27 (Oct. 18, 2007)

    Times files...

  10. 20 years of USF football: Ranking the coaches (w/video)

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    Ranking the coaches

    Okay, so the Bulls have had only three, and ranking them required nary a brain cell, but we did it anyway.

    1. Jim Leavitt (1997-2009)

    Career record: 95-57

    Times files...

    South Florida Bulls head coach Willie Taggart and his team celebrate their victory over the UCF Knights at Bright House Networks Stadium in Orlando on Thursday, November 26, 2015. The USF Bulls celebrate defeating the UCF Knights 44-3.
  11. 20 years of USF football: Five biggest program wins (w/video)

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    Five biggest wins

    1. USF 21, West Virginia 13 (Sept. 28, 2007)

    Times files...

  12. 20 years of USF football: All-time team (w/video)

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    All-time USF team

    (The offense is a conventional pro-style alignment, but the defense is a genuine Jim Leavitt 4-3.)

    First team

    Offense

    QB Matt Grothe (2006-09): Amassed 7,000-plus total yards during 2007-08 heyday

    Times files...

    South Florida Bulls running back Marlon Mack (5) celebrates scoring a touchdown against the Temple Owls defense in the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Saturday, November 14, 2015.
  13. 20 years of USF football: Timeline of program's highs and lows (w/video)

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    Marking the highs and lows of USF football:

    Oct. 22, 1991: USF president Francis Borkowski names a 37-member task force selected to study the feasibility of adding football

    July 12, 1993: Former Buccaneer Lee Roy Selmon named to the newly created position of associate athletic director for external affairs. His main duty: fund-raising for a possible football program...

    USF defensive tackle Keith McCaskill (91) celebrates one of the Bulls' five sacks during a 17-7 win over Florida State in 2009 in Tallahassee. [Times files]
  14. Bucs, WWE star work to build bond between teens, police

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    TAMPA -- Moments into a kickball game, Bucs tackle Donovan Smith stepped away from the crowd of kids gathered with teammate Jameis Winston behind a makeshift home plate, raised his hand and gently called out: "Officer!"

    The Tampa Police officer nodded, smiled and walked over, taking his place in line. He would end up popping up for an out, but at the same time, the at-bat was successful....

  15. Bucs preview: Austin Seferian-Jenkins or Cameron Brate?

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    As the Bucs' 2016 season fast approaches, one of the more interesting debates among fans is whether Austin Seferian-Jenkins or Cameron Brate will be more productive at tight end for Tampa Bay.

    Seferian-Jenkins was a second-round pick in 2015 who has missed 16 of 32 career games with assorted injuries; Brate was an undrafted rookie cut by the Bucs in both of the last two seasons, only to return to the roster and play well in Seferian-Jenkins' absence in each season. Seferian-Jenkins made things more interesting this spring when he was kicked out of an OTA practice, though Dirk Koetter was careful to try to downplay the issue....