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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


Blog: Bucs Beat

Twitter: @GregAuman

  1. Doug Martin, Jameis Winston up for weekly NFL honors


    TAMPA — The Bucs' best offensive showing in 21 games under Lovie Smith has two players in the running for league-wide weekly honors after Tampa Bay's 38-31 win over the Jaguars.

    RB Doug Martin, who rushed for 123 yards and scored three total touchdowns, is one of six finalists for the NFL player of the week. Martin has back-to-back 100-yard games for the first time since his rookie year, and is tied for second in the league with 405 rushing yards after five games....

    Bucs running back Doug Martin rushes for 4 of his 123 yards in Sunday’s game against the Jaguars.
  2. Spurrier prepared a young college journalist for future career


    In so many ways, I was spoiled to have the chance to cover Steve Spurrier for three years as a student at the University of Florida in the mid 1990s.

    His Gator teams were ridiculously successful, of course. The three years I covered were all SEC championship teams, and my senior year, I covered a Heisman Trophy winner. My first issue as editor of the Independent Florida Alligator in the spring of 1997 commemorated the Gators’ first national championship....

    Staff writer Greg Auman's college years weren't so shabby considering he covered a Heisman ceremony and SEC championships.
  3. Bucs Cannon Fodder podcast: Listen to Episode 5 ...


    Another week, another episode of our Bucs Cannon Fodder podcast -- Times Bucs writer Rick Stroud and I talking about the team's long-awaited home win against the Jaguars, the bye week ahead and even the Redskins after that. Thanks to those who are already making it part of their Bucs week -- you can also download and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, but here's a link. Thanks and enjoy ...


    Bucs linebacker Danny Lansanah celebrates a tackle with his teammates during Sunday's win over the Jaguars.
  4. What they're saying about Bucs' win against Jaguars


    Plenty of links to share from the Bucs' 38-31 home win against the Jaguars, and we'll start with our own Times content right here ...

    -- Taking the pressure off rookie QB Jameis Winston worked again, with a strong running game from Doug Martin, Rick Stroud writes. There's a two-minute video of Stroud and Tom Jones discussing the win in postgame as well....

  5. Bucs' Doug Martin tied for 2nd in NFL in rushing


    Lots of leftover notes to get to from Sunday's Bucs win -- a home win, I can report for the first time in 22 months -- against the Jaguars, but we'll start with a few Bucs players ranked among the NFL's best as Tampa Bay heads into a bye week.

    -- RB Doug Martin, who rushed for 123 yards and scored three total touchdowns, is now tied for second in the NFL with 405 rushing yards, traililng only Chicago's Matt Forte. Martin has back-to-back 100-yard games for just the second time in his career -- he'll have a chance to get three straight for the first time when the Bucs return in two weeks at the Redskins....

  6. Bucs vs. Jaguars: 5 things you might have missed


    TAMPA — The Bucs won at home for the first time under coach Lovie Smith, but here are five things you might have missed:

    1 Even with three starters out with injuries, the Bucs offensive line continues to emerge from a preseason concern to a source of confidence, helping a rushing attack that piled up 183 yards in Sunday's win against Jacksonville.

    The line already had two rookies starting, along with two players signed as injury replacements since the start of training camp, so why not replace injured Pro Bowl player Logan Mankins with backup tackle Kevin Pamphile, who hadn't played guard in a game since he was a sophomore at Purdue in 2011?...

    Bucs defensive end Howard Jones (95) celebrates a first-half sack of Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  7. Bucs convert fumble into TD to seize momentum (w/video)


    TAMPA — In a seesaw game full of big plays, the Bucs' defense seized the momentum — and the lead for good — when DE George Johnson forced a fumble by Jaguars rookie RB Corey Grant and DE Jacquies Smith recovered the loose ball for the Bucs' first defensive touchdown of the year.

    "We said coming off the sideline that we needed a big play," said Johnson, who lost his starting job two weeks earlier but came through with a huge takeaway. "You see what happened. It changed the whole game. That's our main goal is to try to score on defense, and we actually did that."...

    GOOD RETURN: Connor Barth is 3-for-3 on field goals and extra points in his first game back.
  8. Home win: Bucs rally to beat Jaguars, 38-31


    TAMPA -- For the first time under coach Lovie Smith, the Bucs got a win at Raymond James Stadium, with everything coming together as Tampa Bay rallied to a 38-31 win Sunday over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

    The Bucs (2-3) had seen a 13-point lead turn into a four-point deficit late in the third quarter, but a flurry of 11 points on back-to-back plays changed the game in a hurry. Doug Martin went over 100 rushing yards and had three touchdowns and rookie Jameis Winston played mistake-free football on the offensive side.

    The Bucs got their first defensive touchdown of the season, as George Johnson forced a fumble from Jaguars running back Corey Grant, with defensive end Jacquies Smith falling on the loose ball, then stretching into the end zone for the lead. Tampa Bay went for two and converted for a seven-point lead, adding another Martin touchdown in the fourth quarter.

    Jacksonville made things interesting late, converting a fourth-and-18 with a 59-yard pass play to set up Blake Bortles' fourth touchdown with 1:05 left. But Bucs receiver Vincent Jackson recovered the Jaguars' onsides kick to seal the win.

    New kicker Connor Barth went 3-for-3 on field goals and 3-for-3 on extra points, a reliable debut after the Bucs had cut Kyle Brindza after missing five field goals in the last two games. The 38 points scored is the Bucs' most in 21 games under Smith.

    Martin went over 100 yards for the second week in a row, scoring three touchdowns -- a 10-yard catch from Winston and two on the ground. Backup Charles Sims had more than 100 total yards, including a 56-yard catch that set up a field goal and sparked the Bucs' late rally.

    Jacksonville had scored 17 straight points to rally from a 20-7 deficit to a 24-20 lead late in the third quarter, with Blake Bortles setting a career high with three touchdown passes. Then the Bucs took over to close out the win.

    The Bucs offense had stalled until Winston found Sims for a 56-yard gain on third down, setting up a Barth field goal to pull within one point. On the next play, the Jaguars fumbled and the Bucs scored for the lead.

    Tampa Bay's offense had gotten a spark with some short fields in the first half, getting a 58-yard punt return from Bobby Rainey to set up a score, and a diving interception from safety Bradley McDougald to set up another.

    The Bucs now have the upcoming week off with a bye, then return with a winnable game at the Redskins on Oct. 25....

  9. Guard Mankins among six out with injury for Bucs


    Left guard Logan Mankins is inactive for today's Bucs game against the Jaguars, with backup tackle Kevin Pamphile pressed into his starting role as injuries continue to impact Tampa Bay's offensive line.

    Five other Bucs are inactive due to injuries -- CB Johnthan Banks (knee), TE Luke Stocker and WR Russell Shepard for a second straight week, C Evan Smith (ankle) and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder) for a third straight week. No. 3 QB Ryan Griffin is the final inactive and only healthy scratch this week....

    Left guard Logan Mankins is inactive for today's Bucs game against the Jaguars.
  10. Bucs-Jaguars lineups


  11. Mankins out? Bucs tweak line depth to add Fragel


    In a move that suggests Logan Mankins will miss Sunday's game against Jacksonville with a groin injury, the Bucs have tweaked their offensive line depth, waiving guard Matt Masifilo and promoting tackle Reid Fragel from the practice squad.

    The Bucs had worked backup tackle Kevin Pamphile at left guard after Mankins' injury, but if he starts there, the Bucs would have no backup tackles on the active roster. Fragel would be the team's backup tackle if Pamphile played left guard -- if he were to play, it would be his NFL debut. He was on the active roster briefly last week but was cut before the Panthers game....

  12. Bucs show love for small-school talent (w/video)


    Bucs general manager Jason Licht finished his college football career at tiny Nebraska Wesleyan, and his small-school roots can be seen on the Bucs' roster, which will have two players from Division III this weekend as receiver Donteea Dye makes his NFL debut, joining rookie guard Ali Marpet.

    Dye played at Heidelberg in Ohio, while Marpet played at Hobart College in New York — there were only nine Division III players on NFL rosters at the start of the season, and the Bucs are one of two NFL teams with more than one, joining the Redskins....

    Buccaneers wide receiver Donteea Dye (17) runs the ball after making a catch during training camp at One Buc Place in Tampa on Monday, August 17, 2015. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
  13. Blake High's Ryan Davis returns home with Jaguars


    There are only a handful of NFL players from Tampa, but one makes a proud homecoming this weekend as Jaguars defensive end Ryan Davis, a 2008 Blake High graduate, is back to face the Bucs.

    "It's definitely going to be exciting for me, and emotional," said Davis, who has emerged as a playmaker in the past year for the Jaguars. "I'll have my family there. This is my first time playing in my city professionally, so it's going to be a good experience."...

    Sunlake linebacker Xavier Johnson, who was injured in a jet ski accident in mid-May, visits a Jacksonville Jaguars practice recently. The players, from left, Eric Crume, Ryan Davis, Michael Bennett and Tyson Alualu, are "throwing the bones" for X, a movement that has become popular on social media since X's accident. 

(Photo courtesy of Brooks Rehabilitation)
  14. NFL in Florida, a sad state


    The state of the NFL in the state of Florida has seen better days.

    The Bucs, Jaguars and Dolphins are all 1-3. Miami just fired coach Joe Philbin, Jacksonville's Gus Bradley may be next, and it's telling Lovie Smith is in the best position of the three coaches in the state.

    It's hardly just this season, of course. None of the state's three NFL teams has been to the playoffs since 2008 — the Jaguars actually have the most recent playoff win after the 2007 season, with the Bucs winless in the postseason since their 2002 team won the Super Bowl. The Dolphins don't have a playoff win since 2000....

    Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, left, speaks to officials during the NFL football game between the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins and at Wembley stadium in London, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland) WEM141
  15. Bucs aim to take advantage of kick coverage opportunities (w/ video)


    TAMPA — For four games they have dutifully lined up and sped down the field, knowing each time it was likely the Bucs' kickoff would result in a touchback.

    Only five times in those four games did an opponent attempt to bring out a kickoff, getting past the 22-yard line just once, to the 31.

    But with Kyle Brindza released Monday and Connor Barth taking over kickoffs, there's a greater chance Sunday against the Jaguars that Barth won't kick the ball through the end zone and Jacksonville will bring it out. The players on the Bucs' kickoff coverage unit say they won't change their approach....

    New/old Bucs kicker Connor Barth, left, won’t be putting his kickoffs in the end zone like released Kyle Brindza did in the season’s first four games.