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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. Signature kick: Tar Heel who beat FSU popular with Gators fans

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    Nick Weiler made 193 kicks in three years as North Carolina's kicker, but he's known best for just one, a 54-yard field goal as time expired to give the Tar Heels a wild 37-35 upset of Florida State in October, ending a 22-game home winning streak for the Seminoles.

    "Florida State fans kind of shake their head at me and keep walking," said Weiler, back in Florida for Saturday's East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field. "But other fans, I've had to sign a couple Florida State game pictures for Florida and Miami fans, so that's been nice."...

  2. East-West Shrine Game: This Griffey hopes to make his mark in football

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    ST. PETERSBURG — It is not lost on Trey Griffey that his college football career at Arizona will be bookended by two showcase games — the 2012 Under Armour All-America Game, catching passes from Jameis Winston, and Saturday's East-West Shrine Game — in a baseball stadium.

    And as the receiver prepares for a return to Tropicana Field two days after his 23rd birthday, George Kenneth Griffey III appreciates that just as his father, Ken Jr., found immense stardom from following his father's footsteps in baseball, he has had the freedom to carve his own path in football....

    SMALL BALL: Florida State receiver Kermit Whitfield, 5 feet 8 and 178 pounds, sees a path to the NFL via one carved by similarly sized players who had been successful because of their speed: “Tyreek Hill, (Antonio Brown), people like that,” he says.
  3. Javancy Jones plays on at Shrine, knowing mom listens back home

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    Former Jackson State linebacker Javancy Jones thinks of his mother all the time, but especially in those football moments where a minor injury might have once slowed him down.

    "If I bump my toe or something, I can't sit here and complain about it," Jones said Wednesday at Shorecrest Prep after practice for Saturday's East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field. "It helps me out. My mother's in the hospital, can't even move right now, but every time I go, she's still smiling. No matter what adversity I hit, on this football field or off, I have to keep a smile on my face."...

  4. WR Trey Griffey follows his own path at Shrine Game

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    It is not lost on Trey Griffey that his college football career at the University of Arizona will be bookended by two showcase games -- the 2012 Under Armour All-American Game, catching passes from Jameis Winston, and now in Saturday's East-West Shrine Game -- in a baseball stadium.

    And as the receiver prepares for a return to Tropicana Field, two days after his 23rd birthday, George Kenneth Griffey III appreciates that just as his father Ken Jr. found immense stardom from following his father's footsteps in baseball, he's had the freedom to carve his own path in choosing football....

    Trey Griffey finished his four years with Arizona with 79 catches for 1,241 yards and six touchdowns.
  5. Can Bucs keep Shrine Game streak intact for 2017?

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    Practices for Saturday's East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field started Monday in St. Petersburg, and the Bucs have had a strong presence during practices at Shorecrest Prep and St. Petersburg High.

    General manager Jason Licht has been in attendance at both practices both days, and head coach Dirk Koetter was at Tuesday morning's East practice. A strong lineup of Bucs assistants has been spotted as well -- offensive coordinator Todd Monken, offensive line coach George Warhop, running backs coach Tim Spencer, tight ends coach Jon Embree, defensive line coach Jay Hayes, linebackers coach Mark Duffner, defensive backs coach Brett Maxie and special-teams coordinator Nate Kaczor....

    Bradley McDougald played in the East-West Shrine Game in 2013.
  6. Bucs' Vernon Hargreaves named to PFWA All-Rookie team

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    Bucs cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, who started every game in Tampa Bay's 9-7 season, has been named to the Pro Football Writers of America's All-Rookie Team, the only Bucs player to earn the honor.

    Hargreaves, a Wharton High graduate who was drafted from the University of Florida with the No. 11 overall pick in last year's draft, finished third among NFL rookies with 68 solo tackles and ranked third on the Bucs defense as well. He had a single interception, coming against Saints quarterback Drew Brees, and played in 1,037 of 1,062 defensive snaps, second behind only linebacker Lavonte David....

  7. FSU's Kermit Whitfield hopes for big week at Shrine Game

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    At 5-foot-8 and 178 pounds, Kermit Whitfield is the smallest of 100-plus prospects in St. Petersburg this week for the East-West Shrine Game, but he sees hope all over the NFL in similarly sized players who have used their speed to find success.

    "Tavon Austin's doing good. Tyreek Hill, AB (Antonio Brown), people like that," he said. "Taylor Gabriel, Brandin Cooks, little guys like that."...

    At 5-foot-8 and 178 pounds, Kermit Whitfield is the smallest of 100-plus prospects in St. Petersburg this week for the East-West Shrine Game.
  8. Bucs' top 10 defensive plays of 2016 season (with video)

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    We have time now to reflect on the Bucs' 2016 season, which saw a remarkable turnaround defensively from the unit that couldn't get takeaways early in the year and was historically bad in losses to the Raiders and Falcons, then played a central role in Tampa Bay's five-game winning streak.

    After going back through every game, we've come up with the top 10 defensive plays of the Bucs' 2016 season. Ordering them isn't easy -- you tend to value the impact on the outcome much more than the difficulty of the play itself, so there's plenty of room for interpretation. Here they are:...

    Keith Tandy (37) is congratulated by teammates after his late-game interception against the Saints.
  9. Bucs to face three of NFL's final four teams in 2017

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    For the second straight year, the Bucs in 2017 will go up against three of the last four teams standing in the NFL playoffs, with games ahead this fall against the Falcons (twice), at the Packers and at home against the Patriots.

    It's a potentially daunting part of Tampa Bay's 2017 schedule, though the Bucs were in the same position entering the 2016 season and went 2-2 in such games, sweeping the Panthers and losing to the Broncos and Cardinals. Of course, going 2-2 isn't the norm for the Bucs against teams that reached their conference championship the previous season -- from 2009-15, the Bucs went 2-9 in such games....

    Strong safety Micah Hyde (33) celebrates after intercepting a pass during the Packers' victory over the Cowboys.
  10. Bucs sign CFL linebacker Jeff Knox

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    For the second time in a week, the Bucs have added a player from the Canadian Football League, signing former Saskatchewan Roughriders linebacker Jeff Knox Jr. on Friday night.

    Knox, 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds, has played the last two seasons in the CFL, with 112 tackles as a rookie in 2015, breaking a team record set by current NFL linebacker Jerrell Freeman. He had 65 tackles and another 19 on special teams (fifth-highest in CFL) in 2016 and is the second CFL player to sign with the Bucs, following receiver Derel Walker....

  11. New Rams coach Sean McVay, 30, got start with Bucs under Jon Gruden

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    Sean McVay became the youngest head coach in the NFL's modern era on Thursday, taking over the Los Angeles Rams two weeks before his 31st birthday.

    McVay's precocious path to becoming a head coach started with the Bucs in 2008, when Jon Gruden hired him at 22 to become his assistant receivers coach.

    "He's been pointed in this direction for a long time," said his uncle Jim McVay, the president and CEO of the Outback Bowl. "He developed a real quick passion for the culture of football. It's not surprising to me. He got a great opportunity when Jon took him under his wing."...

    Sean McVay became the youngest head coach in the NFL's modern era on Thursday, taking over the Los Angeles Rams two weeks before his 31st birthday.
  12. Bucs' Noah Spence having surgery to repair torn labrum

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    Bucs rookie defensive end Noah Spence, who ranked among the NFL's rookie leaders with 5.5 sacks this season, is having surgery today to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

    Spence, a second-round pick out of Eastern Kentucky, injured his shoulder early in the 2016 season and said he had dislocated the shoulder with a slight labrum tear. He played the rest of the season with a harness on the shoulder to limit the chance of another dislocation, and he did dislocate the shoulder again in the final game, popping it back in and returning to the game. There is no immediate timetable for his healthy return, but a full recovery is expected. ESPN reported the surgery first....

    Noah Spence injured his shoulder early in the 2016 season and said he had dislocated the shoulder with a slight labrum tear.
  13. Bucs sign 255-pound ex-Georgia fullback Quayvon Hicks

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    The Bucs went nearly all of 2016 without a traditional fullback on roster, but they continue to explore their options for next season, signing former Georgia fullback Quayvon Hicks to a futures contract on Tuesday.

    Hicks has good size at 6-foot-1, 255 pounds -- he missed last season recovering from an ACL injury suffered in December 2015 before his final game with the Bulldogs. Hicks is the second fullback to join the Bucs in the past month, following former Saints fullback Austin Johnson, who played on special teams in the Bucs' season finale....

  14. College Football Playoff: A memorable game-clincher for former walk-on Hunter Renfrow

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    TAMPA — On the receiving end of the winning touchdown pass with one second left in a national championship game was a 5-foot-11 former walk-on receiver who turned down small-school scholarships to follow his heart to Clemson.

    Hunter Renfrow, a high school quarterback from Myrtle Beach who switched to receiver as a redshirt in 2014, finished with 10 catches for 92 yards and two touchdowns. He is both an improbable target for a championship-clinching catch — and the perfect one....

    Clemson Tigers teammates celebrate Clemson Tigers wide receiver Hunter Renfrow (13) fourth quarter touchdown against the Alabama Crimson Tide Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 in Tampa. The Clemson Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31.
  15. College Football Playoff: Tampa Bay Tech's Deon Cain sparks Clemson

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    TAMPA — Tampa Bay Tech graduate Deon Cain came up with the longest play of the first half, taking a short screen pass and turning it into a 43-yard gain to set up Clemson's only touchdown of the half in Monday night's College Football Playoff championship game.

    Cain, a sophomore receiver, took the screen on the right side and weaved back along a line of blockers to the left sideline to the Alabama 39. The play sparked the Tigers offense, which had totaled 72 yards on five possessions. Cain led the Tigers with 94 yards on five catches entering the fourth quarter....

    Clemson receiver Deon Cain points at Alabama defensive back Ronnie Harrison as he heads out of bounds.