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. A trick play, a 'fainting goat' and an interception

    College

    Arkansas State didn't complete the pass and ended up losing at Miami, but a creative fake punt — wonderfully named "The Fainting Goat" — has gone viral in the days since a Red Wolves player faked a collapse to distract his opponent.

    "The Fainting Goat has taken over the conversation," first-year coach Blake Anderson said Wednesday by phone. "The fact that it didn't work has had very little conversation."...

    The Fainting Goat'' called for receiver Booker Mays, a former walk-on who stands just 5-foot-1, to line up on one side of the field and, just after the snap, put his hands to his chest and fall straight back. [Vine]
  2. Bucs minus Mason Foster for Falcons game; Gerald McCoy iffy

    Bucs

    TAMPA — The Bucs defense will play Thursday in Atlanta without starting middle LB Mason Foster, who dislocated his shoulder in Sunday's loss to the Rams.

    Will DT Gerald McCoy be joining him on the sidelines?

    The Bucs have a short week to prepare for the Falcons, with little time to mend a long list of injuries.

    Coach Lovie Smith said Monday that McCoy, Foster and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins would not have practiced if the team had done so Monday....

    Bucs Mason Foster (59) can't get to Carolina's qtr back Derek Anderson during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game against the Panthers at Raymond James on Sunday afternoon 9/7/2014.
  3. LB Foster out for Thursday with shoulder injury

    Blog

    TAMPA -- The Bucs defense will play Thursday in Atlanta without starting middle linebacker Mason Foster, who dislocated his shoulder in Sunday's loss to the Rams. Will defensive tackle Gerald McCoy be joining him on the sidelines?

    The Bucs have a short week to prepare for the Falcons, with little time to mend a long list of injuries. Coach Lovie Smith said Monday that McCoy, Foster and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins would not have practiced if the team had done so Monday....

  4. Bucs wait on updates for injured McCoy, Foster

    Blog

    With a short week to prepare for Thursday night's game at Atlanta, Bucs coach Lovie Smith said Monday that defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, linebacker Mason Foster and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins would not have practiced if the team had done so Monday.

    Even without a practice, the Bucs and Falcons must submit estimations of practice status -- while those three key players would not have, it's encouraging that defensive end Michael Johnson and running back Doug Martin, held out of Sunday's loss to the Rams with injuries, would have. McCoy was in for only eight plays before he broke his left hand, and Foster didn't finish the game after suffering a shoulder injury. Seferian-Jenkins missed Sunday's game after suffering an ankle injury in the season opener....

  5. Run RB on 3rd and 7? Bucs' call a rare one

    Blog

    Perhaps the single Bucs play call questioned most by fans in Sunday's 19-17 loss to the Rams came in on the final play of the third quarter, when Tampa Bay faced a third-and-7 play at the Rams' 9-yard line and opted to hand off to Bobby Rainey, who gained just 3 yards.

    The next play saw Patrick Murray's short field goal blocked by the Rams, but frustrated fans saw the decision to run Rainey as a sign of coaches lacking confidence in QB Josh McCown, who had a costly interception from the 9-yard line to end an earlier drive. On the eight red-zone plays the Bucs had after McCown's interception, they did not attempt one pass, including two in the fourth quarter to set up another field goal....

  6. With Tedford limited, Arroyo again calls Bucs' offensive plays

    Bucs

    For the second week in a row, the Bucs had QBs coach Marcus Arroyo calling offensive plays, with coordinator Jeff Tedford limited to an advisory role as he recovers from a heart procedure three weeks ago. Tedford missed three days of practice this week while being evaluated to be fully cleared to return.

    — Despite the excitement of Derrick Brooks' induction into the team's Ring of Honor — with free bobbleheads to all ticket-holders — the Bucs had an announced attendance of just 59,923, down about 2,300 from last week's announced crowd of 62,242. Sunday's crowd would have ranked fifth out of the eight Bucs home games in 2013....

  7. Rainey rushes for 144, but joy lost in loss

    Blog

    TAMPA -- Bobby Rainey came up huge stepping in for an injured Doug Martin on Sunday, rushing for 144 yards and adding another 30 on passes, but that was all lost in the final score of a 19-17 loss to the Rams.

    "That doesn't matter when we lose," Rainey said. "You can have all the yards that you want, and if your team comes out with a loss, it means nothing. At the end of the day, it's about the team."...

  8. Brooks thankful to enter Bucs' Ring of Honor

    Bucs

    Already inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame six weeks ago, Derrick Brooks had a final tribute to his career Sunday as his No. 55 jersey was retired and he was the sixth inductee into the team's Ring of Honor.

    "I want to ... thank the community of Tampa Bay, the whole Tampa Bay area, for your support of me and my teammates," said Brooks, thanking the Glazer family, his own family and all his Bucs teammates. "From 1997 to 2008, I never played in front of an empty seat here at Raymond James Stadium."...

    Former Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks looks up to the crowd as he is inducted into the Bucs' Ring of Honor during halftime. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  9. Rainey's big game can't keep Bucs from losing

    Bucs

    Bobby Rainey came up huge stepping in for an injured Doug Martin on Sunday, rushing for 144 yards and adding another 30 on pass receptions. But that was all lost in the final score. "That doesn't matter when we lose," Rainey said of his statistics. "You can have all the yards that you want, and if your team comes out with a loss, it means nothing. At the end of the day, it's about the team." Rainey, who rushed for 163 and 127 in games filling in for Martin last season, had a 32-yard run to set up the Bucs' go-ahead field goal with 5:15 to play. He caught a pass on the final drive, which ended with a 10-second runoff as the Bucs had gotten within field-goal range. Rainey had praise for his offensive line — "However many yards I had, it's because of those guys" — and said he was motivated to redeem himself after a late fumble in a close loss to Carolina last week. "That was my goal, to get better in each game and make up for that mistake I had last game," Rainey said. "Apparently it wasn't enough. We still had a loss." Rainey is averaging 6.0 yards per carry, which ties for the third-best average among the NFL's top 25 rushers entering Sunday night's game....

    The Rams' Janoris Jenkins drags Bucs Bobby Rainey out of bounds. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]
  10. Gerald McCoy: Bucs can't cry over injuries

    Bucs

    Gerald McCoy's injured left hand was heavily wrapped, from his thumb to his forearm, and while he didn't share any details about the injury or how long it would sideline him, he reiterated the team's mantra for surviving shorthanded.

    "I'm not going to cry about it. It's a next-man-up mentality," the defensive tackle and team captain said after Sunday's 19-17 loss to the Rams. "If you're injured, you work to get back."...

    Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy watches from the sidelines in street clothes after leaving the game with an injured left wrist. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
  11. McCoy frustrated by injuries, won't 'cry about it'

    Blog

    TAMPA -- Gerald McCoy's injured left hand was heavily wrapped, from his thumb to his forearm, and while he didn't share any details about the injury or how long it would sideline him, he reiterated the team's mantra for surviving shorthanded.

    "I'm not going to cry about it. It's a next-man-up mentality," the defensive tackle and team captain said after Sunday's 19-17 loss to the Rams. "If you're injured, you work to get back."...

  12. Bucs come up short on final rally, lose 19-17 to Rams

    Blog

    TAMPA, Fla. -- With injuries continuing to decimate their defense, the Bucs couldn't stop the Rams from one last drive and a 38-yard field goal in the final minute as St. Louis pulled out a 19-17 win at Raymond James Stadium.

    The Bucs (0-2) had taken the lead on a field goal by Patrick Murray with 5:15 left, but fill-in quarterback Austin Davis came through with a 27-yard pass to Austin Pettis on third down to set up the winning kick by Greg Zuerlein for the Rams (1-1)....

  13. Live updates: Bucs lead Rams, 17-16, on late field goal

    Blog

    The Bucs get a second shot at their first win of 2014, playing host to the Rams today as Derrick Brooks is inducted into the team's Ring of Honor and has his No. 55 retired.

    We'll have updates here — and more frequently, on Twitter at @gregauman, @NFLstroud and @MBakerTBTimes — but check back for scoring updates on this blog. Tampa Bay goes without running back Doug Martin, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and defensive end Michael Johnson, all inactive with injuries, as well as cornerback Mike Jenkins and defensive end Adrian Clayborn, who went on injured reserve this week....

  14. Hello, My Name Is: Meet the newest Bucs

    Blog

    An impressive 19 players made their Bucs debut in last week's season opener, but fans had an entire offseason to get to know most of those newcomers. Now after a busy week of transactions -- some injury-related, some just roster-tweaking -- there are even newer Bucs fans are likely to see for the first time today as Tampa Bay hosts the Rams.

    Here are are quick get-to-know capsules on Lovie Smith's latest additions:...

  15. Bucs-Panthers preview

    Bucs

    As Bucs fans get to know coach Lovie Smith's tendencies, two plays in last week's loss to Carolina showed he's largely a conservative on the sideline. Across the field from Panthers coach Ron Rivera — enough of a gambler he's known as "Riverboat Ron" — Smith was "Low-Risk Lovie." He punted from the Carolina 36 rather than attempt a 53-yard field goal and punted on fourth and 1 from the Tampa Bay 27 down 17-0 in the fourth quarter. Punting from the 36? The Bucs hadn't punted from that deep since 2010. Carolina took one modest risk, converting on fourth and inches from the Bucs 5 to set up its first touchdown. Smith's generally a low-risk coach. From 2010-12, his Bears converted just nine fourth downs, fewest in the NFL. Only two teams went for it on fourth down less in that span. And not trying a field goal from the 36? With rookie Patrick Murray seeking his first field goal, it's a tough spot. In nine years with the Bears, Smith punted five times from the opposition 36 and went for field goals three times, making two. Don't expect Smith to go for many longer kicks. Given a fourth down between the opposing 37 and 45, he has punted 88 times and tried a field goal once — making a 57-yarder in the fourth quarter of an overtime loss in 2011....

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