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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. Three Bucs make NFL under-25 team, but not Kwon Alexander

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    The league's official site put out an under-25 All-NFL team, showcasing the best young talent from its 32 teams, and the Bucs made a strong showing, with QB Jameis Winston, WR Mike Evans and G Ali Marpet making the list.

    No team in the NFL can boast as many players as the Bucs' three -- San Diego, Houston, Kansas City and the New York Giants have two each -- but another Tampa Bay player felt he deserved to make the cut: Kwon Alexander, who led the league in solo tackles with 108 in his second NFL season....

    Kwon Alexander, who led the league in solo tackles with 108 in his second NFL season, was left off the NFL's all-under 25 team.
  2. McDougald finds 'motivation' in Bucs not re-signing him

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    NFL players wait years for the right to hit the open market of free agency, but former Bucs safety Bradley McDougald found less interest than he'd hoped for, settling for a one-year deal with the Seahawks reportedly worth $2-million.

    That's less than he earned with the Bucs last season, and as Seattle announced his signing on Thursday, he told their official site that he'll be motivated by Tampa Bay's lack of interest in bringing him back after he started 31 games over the last two seasons....

    Bradley McDougald settled for a one-year deal with the Seahawks reportedly worth $2-million.
  3. Bucs safety Bradley McDougald signs with Seahawks

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    Nearly two weeks into the NFL's free agency season, Bucs safety Bradley McDougald has found a home, signing a one-year deal with the Seahawks, reportedly for $2-million.

    It's a surprisingly modest payday for McDougald, 26, who started 31 of 32 games for the Bucs over the past two years. He's actually making less than the $2.55-million he earned last season with the Bucs, which suggests their interest in bringing him back was minimal at best....

  4. NFL Draft Q&A: Pittsburgh tight end Scott Orndoff

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    Our NFL Draft Q&A series continues with Pittsburgh tight end Scott Orndoff, who broke out this past season with 35 catches for 579 yards and five touchdowns. The 6-foot-5, 256-pound prospect had totaled only 23 catches in his first three years of college -- though eight were for touchdowns -- and took a few minutes to talk about his preparations for the draft:

    Q: Where are you training to get ready for pro day (it's today, March 22)?...

    Pittsburgh tight end Scott Orndoff runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 4, 2017.
  5. Bucs' Kevin Pamphile on helping students in Haiti: "Amazing''

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    TAMPA — In three years with the Bucs, offensive lineman Kevin Pamphile has been active in sending school supplies and hygiene kits to students in his parents' homeland of Haiti. Last month, he made his first trip there and saw in person the lives he was working so hard to improve.

    "It was amazing," said Pamphile, 26, who started 14 games for the Bucs last season, all but one at left guard. "To see the island, to see the culture, the atmosphere, to see how much they have to struggle each day …it really touched me, and I know there's more that can be done."...

    In three years with the Bucs, offensive lineman Kevin Pamphile has been active in sending school supplies, hygiene kits to students in his parents' homeland of Haiti. Last month, he made his first trip there and saw in person the lives he was trying to improve. [Athletes For Charity]
  6. Xavier hands FSU worst NCAA Tournament loss since 1993

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    ORLANDO — FSU freshman Jonathan Isaac sat in a corner locker Saturday night at Amway Center, his long arms folded on his knees, still trying to comprehend the finality of his third-seeded Seminoles falling hard in a 91-66 rout at the hands of 11th-seeded Xavier.

    "Everything went wrong," Isaac said. "We were just a step behind on all their schemes and their counters. … They did their job, did what they do and we just weren't on it. It's devastating for me. I can't even imagine how it is for guys like (seniors Michael) Ojo and Quez (Smith). This is their last rodeo."...

    Florida State Seminoles forward Jonathan Isaac (1) and Xavier Musketeers guard Trevon Bluiett (5) battle for the ball during the second half in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Xavier Musketeers defeated the Florida State Seminoles 91 to 66.
  7. NCAA Tournament: Who's got the ball? Depth a boon for Florida

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    ORLANDO — The only thing standing between Florida and the Sweet 16 is a showdown tonight against fifth-seeded Virginia and the No. 1 defense in college basketball.

    Virginia (23-10) has held opponents to 56.1 points per game this season, additionally limiting their transition opportunities by committing only 9.5 turnovers per game, third-lowest in the country.

    "It's a beautiful thing," said Gators coach Mike White, tasked with 48 hours to prepare for that defense in an East Region third-round matchup. "They just don't make mistakes. They sit down in the stance and shut you out. … They're extremely sound and disciplined. They're a strong team. They're a quick-footed team. They move great laterally. They've got great length. They block shots at the rim. There's not a deficiency defensively."...

    Florida Gators forward Devin Robinson (1) dunks the ball during the second half in the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Amway Center in Orlando on Thursday, March 16, 2017. The Florida Gators defeated the East Tennessee State Buccaneers 80 to 65.
  8. NCAA Tournament: Florida State survives vs. Florida Gulf Coast

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    ORLANDO — Florida State is back in the NCAA Tournament, and the Seminoles are coming for other schools' nicknames.

    The third-seeded Seminoles, making their first NCAA appearance in five years, held off 14th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast 86-80 late Thursday at Amway Center, spoiling the "Dunk City" underdogs and unofficially outdunking them 9-2.

    "They're Dunk City, but I think our team led the nation in dunks, so it kind of speaks for itself," said FSU freshman Jonathan Isaac, who had two dunks as part of his double double of 17 points and 10 rebounds. "That's what we do. We're long, we're athletic."...

    Florida State Seminoles center Michael Ojo (50) dunks on a fast break against Florida Gulf Coast Eagles during the first half in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on Thursday, March 16, 2017.
  9. NFL Draft Q&A: Missouri tight end Sean Culkin

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    Our NFL Draft Q&A series continues as we catch up with a rare local in the draft -- Indian Rocks Christian grad Sean Culkin, a tight end who went to Missouri just as the Tigers joined the SEC and went to two conference championship games in his time in Columbia. He set career highs last fall with 24 catches for 282 yards as a senior, finishing with 61 catches for 601 yards and two touchdowns in his career. He took a few minutes to talk about his preparation for the draft ......

  10. Bucs OL Evan Smith gets bonus, will be back for 2017

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    Bucs offensive lineman Evan Smith, reported by some as a potential salary-cap cut this year, received a $1-million bonus for being on Tampa Bay's roster Wednesday and will be back with the team this season.

    Smith, 30, has flexibility to play both center and guard and started at both positions last season. He made $2.5-million in 2016 but his compensation will increase to $4.5-million in the final year of the four-year contract he signed in 2014. If he were not in the Bucs' plans this fall, they wouldn't have kept him on roster long enough to trigger the bonus....

    Bucs offensive lineman Evan Smith received a $1-million bonus for being on the Bucs' roster Wednesday and will be back with the team this season.
  11. Bucs tackle Gosder Cherilus not seeking another contract

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    Bucs tackle Gosder Cherilus hasn't formally decided to retire, but the 32-year-old veteran is not seeking a new contract this spring in free agency.

    Cherilus is not filing formal retirement paperwork with the NFL, but may have played his last football after 132 games and nine seasons.

    Cherilus spent his last two seasons with the Bucs, signed in August 2015 after Demar Dotson suffered a knee injury in preseason. Cherilus started 13 games at right tackle that season, but with Dotson healthy, worked primarily as a "jumbo" tight end on six-man line until he got three starts late in the season after Dotson suffered a concussion. He earned $4.5-million last season and was an unrestricted free agent this spring....

  12. Bucs add ex-Jesuit player Sanborn

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    The Bucs are likely to have a new long-snapper in 2017, and longtime Bills snapper Garrison Sanborn, who played at Tampa Jesuit and FSU, has a good chance to be that player, signing a one-year contract on Tuesday after a workout.

    Sanborn, 31, had been the Bills' snapper the past eight seasons before he was released earlier this month. The Bucs also have another former FSU snapper on roster in Dax Dellenbach, but he's yet to snap in an NFL game. Andrew DePaola, the Bucs' starter for the past three seasons, tore his ACL in last year's season finale and is recovering from surgery and unlikely to be healthy for the season opener; the Bucs opted not to tender him as a restricted free agent last week....

    Long-snapper Garrison Sanborn comes from the Bills.
  13. Bucs to sign former Bills long-snapper Garrison Sanborn

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    The Bucs are likely to have a new long-snapper in 2017, and longtime Bills snapper Garrison Sanborn, who played at Tampa Jesuit and FSU, has a good chance to be that player, signing a one-year contract on Tuesday after a workout.

    Sanborn, 31, had been the Bills' snapper the past eight seasons before he was released earlier this month. The Bucs also have another former FSU snapper on roster in Dax Dellenbach, but he's yet to snap in an NFL game. Andrew DePaola, the Bucs' starter for the past three seasons, tore his ACL in last year's season finale and is recovering from surgery and unlikely to be healthy for the season opener; the Bucs opted not to tender him as a restricted free agent last week....

  14. Bucs eyeing Kansas State DE Jordan Willis

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    The next few weeks are a busy schedule of pro days at colleges across the country, and today the Bucs will have a close eye on defensive end Jordan Willis, who has his pro day today at Kansas State after an impressive showing at the NFL combine in Indianapolis.

    The Bucs are expected to have assistant defensive line coach Paul Spicer at Kansas State today, and they've lined up a "top-30" visit to Tampa for Willis -- just the second one reported so far, along with Alabama tight end O.J. Howard....

    Jordan Willis has his pro day today at Kansas State.
  15. NFL Draft Q&A: Texas QB-turned-TE Tyrone Swoopes

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    Our NFL Draft Q&A series continues with Texas' Tyrone Swoopes, who played quarterback for the Longhorns but is trying to make the NFL as a tight end. He has the frame for it at 6-foot-4 and 245 pounds, and has spent the past two months working on running routes and learning to be a tight end. He started 14  games at quarterback at Texas and played last year in their "18-Wheeler" package -- he wore 18 for the Longhorns -- and had three touchdowns in an early game against Notre Dame. He took time to talk to us about his preparation for Texas' pro day on March 28....

    Texas' Tyrone Swoopes played quarterback for the Longhorns but is trying to make the NFL as a tight end.