In the summer of 2013, Greg Dent was preparing for his senior year at Florida State, competing for a starting role as a receiver on what would be a national championship team.
He was charged with felony sexual assault, suspended from school and the football team, though a jury trial in March 2014 found him only guilty of misdemeanor battery and not the more serious charge. A missed court date before the trial resulted in him being in jail for two months, but he was sentenced to time served and six months of probation....
In the summer of 2013, Greg Dent was preparing for his senior year at Florida State, competing for a starting role as a receiver on what would be a national championship team for the Seminoles.
He was charged with felony sexual assault, suspended from school and the football team, though a jury trial in March 2014 found him only guilty of misdemeanor battery and not the more serious charge. A missed court date before that trial resulted in him being in jail for two months, but he was sentenced to only time served and six months of probation....
We reported on three Bucs signings Thursday night, but the team confirmed four player signings on Friday, including former Arizona State and Cowboys defensive tackle Davon Coleman.
Coleman, 25, has played in four NFL games over the last two seasons, with three total tackles. The 6-foot-2, 295-pound Cleveland native played two years with the Sun Devils, totaling 15.5 tackles for loss, including seven sacks. He's one of three defensive linemen in the Bucs' first signings since Dirk Koetter was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach. The other three, previously reported:...
When Carolina has the ball
QB Cam Newton (left) accounted for 50 total touchdowns, but Carolina's strength is the NFL's No. 2 run game, averaging 142 yards a game. Newton is at his best in the red zone, where the Panthers scored touchdowns a league-best 70 percent of their trips inside the opposing 20.
That lines up with Denver's strength — the NFL's No. 1 total defense, No. 1 pass defense, No. 1 in sacks, No. 3 run defense. The Broncos had a league-best 52 sacks, so for Newton to play well, tackles Michael Oher and Mike Remmers must keep Pro Bowl outside LBs Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware from getting to Newton with any consistency....
The Bucs have made their first signings under new coach Dirk Koetter, with former Lakewood and Toledo receiver Bernard Reedy, former LSU and Packers linebacker Jermauria Rasco and former Falcons defensive end Cliff Matthews signing futures contracts with Tampa Bay on Thursday.
Reedy, 24, spent a year with Koetter in Atlanta in 2014, signing as an undrafted rookie and spending the season on the Falcons' practice squad. He was also with Atlanta in preseason last fall, and will have a chance to compete for the return jobs as well as at slot receiver. Rasco, 23, took a pre-draft visit to the Bucs in April but signed with the Packers as an undrafted rookie, spending almost the entire season on injured reserve before he was waived in Week 17. Matthews, 26, played under Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith (with Koetter) from 2010-14....
Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin is in the San Francisco area leading up to Sunday's Super Bowl, and he took a few minutes to talk with SiriusXM NFL Radio on Thursday, addressing everything from his pending free agency to Dirk Koetter's promotion to head coach and his pick for Sunday's game.
Martin continues to speak very positively about the potential for him returning to the Bucs as an unrestricted free agent, just as the Bucs have reiterated publicly that the team would like to keep Martin in town with a new deal....
TAMPA — For the first time in eight years, the Bucs are raising season ticket prices, with an average increase of about 24 percent for next season at Raymond James Stadium.
The team sent an email to season-ticket holders Wednesday announcing the changes.
The Bucs — who had the second-most expensive average ticket in the NFL in 2008 after their last change — were second lowest in 2015 with an average price of $62.35. The average next season will increase to $77.30, still in the bottom third of the NFL....
ORLANDO -- Derrick Henry led the nation in rushing, won a Heisman Trophy and led Alabama to a national championship this past season, but he's still working to prove himself as he prepares for April's NFL Draft.
"Quickness, lateral quickness," the former Crimson Tide star said Tuesday before a workout at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, where he's one of 28 draft hopefuls training this spring. "I'm just trying to get better each and every day. That's what we're working on."...
The Bucs not only ended up with a large Pro Bowl contingent with five players in Hawaii, but Tampa Bay was well represented on the scoreboard as well, with Doug Martin rushing for a touchdown and rookie quarterback Jameis Winston throwing for two scores.
Martin, who led "Team Rice" with 20 rushing yards on seven carries and a touchdown, also caught five passes for 20 yards -- on his first carry, he was wrapped up for no gain by Bucs teammate Lavonte David, who had five tackles for Team Irvin in their win....
MIAMI — Patricia Webster went to her boss a month ago with a list of requested days off, including all of this coming week in full anticipation of her son Kayvon playing in the Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos.
The boss raised an eyebrow, not at the number of days she wanted off but reminding her that the Broncos were going to lose to the Patriots.
Sure enough, Webster is in his second Super Bowl in three NFL seasons, in part because of his mother's hard work and her confidence to bet on her son's future, to expect and embrace what many would say is unexpected success....
Among the mentors that new Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter has thanked for helping shape his coaching career is former college and NFL coach Dan Henning, who worked with Koetter in 1994-95 at Boston College. Henning said last week that he and Koetter continue to talk regularly, and he has high expectations for him continuing his success as an NFL head coach.
"I think he's going to do a really good job down there," said Henning, now 73 and retired on the east coast of Florida. "He's well ready to be a head coach in the NFL."...
CORAL GABLES — If you beat Duke enough times, eventually it isn't even an upset anymore.
No. 15 Miami, nailing 3-pointers early and nearly everything late, gave a sellout crowd at the BankUnited Center an 80-69 win over No. 24 Duke on Monday night.
"I don't think (Monday night) was some big upset," said Miami coach Jim Larranaga, whose players hit their final eight shots from the field after Duke cut a 14-point lead to five with 5:13 to play....
The Bucs have announced a finalized coaching staff for 2016 under new coach Dirk Koetter, with only seven new hires out of 22 total coaches on the new Tampa Bay staff.
Sunday brought the addition of new offensive coordinator Todd Monken and defensive backs coach Brett Maxie, who will join defensive coordinator Mike Smith, special-teams coordinator Nate Kaczor, defensive line coach Jay Hayes, linebackers coach Mark Duffner and secondary coach Jon Hoke among the new hires....
The Bucs' presence at the Pro Bowl has doubled to four players, with LB Lavonte David and LG Logan Mankins announced as replacements for Super Bowl-bound players on Sunday night.
Denver's victory in the AFC Championship means that OLBs Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware can't play in Sunday's Pro Bowl in Hawaii, and David, selected as an alternate, is now headed to Hawaii for the first time in his four-year career,. Carolina's win in the NFC title game means Trai Turner can't go, so Mankins replaces him for his seventh career Pro Bowl appearance....
TAMPA — The Bucs' presence at the Pro Bowl has doubled to four players, with linebacker Lavonte David and left guard Logan Mankins announced Sunday as replacements for Super Bowl-bound players.
Denver's victory in the AFC Championship Game means outside linebackers Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware can't play in Sunday's game in Hawaii. David, selected as an alternate, is headed to Hawaii for the first time in his four-year career. Carolina's win in the NFC title game means Trai Turner can't go, so Mankins replaces him for his seventh Pro Bowl appearance....