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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. Ex-Buc Dexter Jackson still savors MVP day at Super Bowl

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    It was 12 years ago this week that safety Dexter Jackson earned MVP honors in the Bucs' Super Bowl win over the Raiders, and as dominating as Tampa Bay's defensive dominance was that day, he swears he saw it coming.

    "I predicted what was going to happen. I saw it, clear as day," Jackson said by phone Thursday, recalling the Bucs' five interceptions -- three for touchdowns -- on the way to an easy 48-21 win against Oakland. "They always kept telling me: Prepare yourself for when the opportunity presents itself and be successful. The idea that 'preparation + opportunity = success' has always been instilled in my head."...

    Derrick Brooks, left, and Dexter Jackson clown around during the Bucs' final walkthrough of Qualcomm Stadium in preparation for Super Bowl XXXVII.
  2. New Bucs QB coach Bajakian gets high marks

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    TAMPA — Dan LeFevour left Central Michigan in 2009 as the NCAA career leader with 150 total touchdowns, and he remains the only player in Division I-A history with 12,000 passing yards and 2,500 rushing yards. His offensive coordinator for his last three years was Mike Bajakian, who was announced Thursday as the Bucs' new quarterbacks coach.

    "I always felt very prepared," LeFevour said Friday. "He's very detail-oriented, made sure I was prepared for every game. I trusted his ability to evaluate an opponent and get me ready to play."...

    "He's very detail-oriented, made sure I was prepared for every game,'' former Central Michigan QB Dan LeFevour said of Mike Bajakian. "I trusted his ability to evaluate an opponent and get me ready to play."
  3. Former player says Bajakian will have Bucs QBs prepared

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    Dan LeFevour left Central Michigan in 2009 as the NCAA career leader with 150 total touchdowns, and he remains the only player in I-A history with 12,000 passing yards and 2,500 rushing yards. His offensive coordinator for his last three years was Mike Bajakian, who was announced Thursday as the Bucs' new QBs coach.

    "I always felt very prepared," LeFevour said by phone Friday. "He's very detail-oriented, made sure I was prepared for every game. I trusted his ability to evaluate an opponent and get me ready to play."...

  4. Bucs hire Vols' Bajakian to coach quarterbacks

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    MOBILE, Ala. — Mike Bajakian, who has been the University of Tennessee's offensive coordinator for the past two years, agreed Thursday to become the Bucs quarterbacks coach.

    Bajakian, who has been Butch Jones' offensive coordinator at stops at Central Michigan, Cincinnati and Tennessee in the past seven years, was an offensive quality control coach on Lovie Smith's coaching staff with the Bears in 2004-06. His hiring had a minor holdup Thursday afternoon as he considered whether to pursue the head coach opening at Central Michigan. He'll join a new Bucs offensive staff led by coordinator Dirk Koetter....

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  5. Massive nose tackle Danny Shelton heads for first round

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    MOBILE, Ala. — Few draft prospects have generated as much buzz at the Senior Bowl as Danny Shelton, the mammoth 343-pound nose tackle from Washington who has solidified his position as a potential top-15 pick in April's NFL draft.

    "Hard guy to move," said Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt, whose staff is coaching the North team this week. "He has shown he can anchor and do a nice job. It'll be interesting to see how he responds in the game, and how he progresses this spring, in the workouts and the combine. He's been impressive, both as a person and a player on the field."...

    Washington nose tackle Danny Shelton, left, always wanted to play in the Senior Bowl: “It’s an awesome experience.’’
  6. Bucs hire Vols OC Mike Bajakian for QBs job

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    MOBILE, Ala. -- With one big opening left on Lovie Smith's 2015 coaching staff, a new name emerged Thursday, and the Bucs moved quickly to hire Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian as the team's new quarterbacks coach. 

    Bajakian, who has been Butch Jones' offensive coordinator at stops at Central Michigan, Cincinnati and Tennessee in the last seven years, was an offensive quality control coach on Lovie Smith's coaching staff with the Chicago Bears in 2004-06. His hiring had a minor holdup Thursday afternoon as the head coach opening at Central Michigan came up, but the Bucs were able to get him to agree to terms, and he'll join a new offensive staff led by coordinator Dirk Koetter....

  7. Koetter brings assistant Weidinger from Falcons to Bucs

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    New Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter will have a new quarterbacks coach to work with this fall, but he's also brought along a young assistant from the Falcons, as the Bucs have hired Andrew Weidinger as a new offensive quality control coach.

    Weidinger, 32, spent the last seven years with the Falcons, including three as an offensive assistant under Koetter. He was an assistant to the head coach before that, working the previous seven years at the University of Arizona, where he attended. Last year's offensive QC coach, former NFL tight end Ben Steele, will also be back as part of the 2015 coaching staff....

  8. Lovie Smith plays coy about Bucs' plans on offense

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    MOBILE, Ala. — What kind of offense will Dirk Koetter run this fall with the Bucs? As was the case a year ago, Lovie Smith is keeping details under wraps for now.

    "I've talked about having a balanced attack, and I'm going to say the same thing now," Smith said after a practice Wednesday at the Senior Bowl. "Dirk is running the offense, but what Dirk will say is that he's running our Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense that we're going to put together. It hasn't been run before."...

  9. Senior Bowl features first-round NFL talent

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    MOBILE, Ala. — Which Senior Bowl player will be drafted first? There could be three first-round picks on the North squad, which has Washington DT Danny Shelton (6-1, 343), Pitt OT T.J. Clemmings (6-5, 305) and Ohio State WR Devin Smith (6-1, 200), fresh off a national championship.

    The South team has a potential top-10 pick in LSU OT La'el Collins, with enough talent on both sides that the NFL coaches working with them are torn between showcasing players they especially like and exposing their talents to the rest of the league....

    Washington nose tackle Danny Shelton is among top NFL prospects at the Senior Bowl.
  10. Heavy-hitting Denzel Perryman is a possible Bucs pick

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    MOBILE, Ala. — The two things Miami linebacker Denzel Perryman hears about from critics are his lack of height and his pass coverage skills.

    He's not getting any taller, but the draft prospect — 5 feet, 10.5 inches, officially — is eager to show he can drop back in coverage this week at the Senior Bowl. If the Bucs go in a new direction at middle linebacker, Perryman could be there when they pick in the second round at No. 34 overall....

    Denzel Perryman, who could interest the Bucs in the second round, is questioned about his height and pass coverage ability.
  11. Miami linebacker Perryman working to show he can 'play big'

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    MOBILE, Ala. -- The two things Miami linebacker Denzel Perryman hears about from critics are his lack of height and his pass coverage skills.

    He's not getting any taller, but the draft prospect -- 5 feet, 10.5 inches, officially -- is eager to show he can drop back in coverage. If the Bucs go in a new direction at middle linebacker, Perryman could be there when they pick in the second round at No. 34 overall....

  12. Bucs' Lovie Smith dives into No. 1 pick evaluation

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    MOBILE, Ala. — Lovie Smith turned down a chance to have his staff coach at the Senior Bowl, but he said the Bucs will go everywhere they can to make sure they find the best use of the No. 1 overall pick in April's NFL draft.

    "We're going to hit the pavement hard," Smith said Wednesday. "Yeah, we missed actually coaching here, but we're seeing all the practices. Our frequent-flyer miles will really add up this offseason. I'm going to travel a lot."...

    Lovie Smith said the Bucs will go everywhere they can to make sure they find the best use of the No. 1 overall pick in April's NFL draft. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
  13. Lovie says Bucs will 'hit pavement hard' to find No.1 pick

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    MOBILE, Ala. -- Lovie Smith turned down a chance to have his staff coach here at the Senior Bowl, but said the Bucs will go everywhere they can to make sure they find the best use of the No. 1 overall pick in April's NFL draft.

    "We're going to hit the pavement hard," Smith said. "Yeah, we missed actually coaching here, but we're seeing all the practices. Our frequent-flyer miles will really add up this offseason. I'm going to travel a lot."...

  14. Baylor QB Bryce Petty using Senior Bowl to boost draft stock

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    MOBILE, Ala. — The quarterback conversation at the top of the NFL draft often begins and ends with Oregon's Marcus Mariota and Florida State's Jameis Winston.

    Bryce Petty would like to change that.

    The former Baylor quarterback, battling with UCLA's Brett Hundley as the best of the second tier of draft quarterbacks, is busy at the Senior Bowl this week, trying to show he's not just another product of a prolific passing offense....

    Bryce Petty put up impressive statistics in two seasons as Baylor’s starting quarterback and has been working on his footwork in the offseason.
  15. Auburn QB Nick Marshall moving to cornerback for pros

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    MOBILE, Ala. — Nick Marshall, who quarterbacked Auburn to the national championship game in 2013 and to No. 2 in the polls in October, made the switch back to cornerback Tuesday, saying it's where his future will be.

    "It's what I want, not what anybody else wants. I feel like corner's the best fit for me," said Marshall, who had been invited to the Senior Bowl as a quarterback but switched to corner, where he played as a freshman at Georgia in 2011....

    Nick Marshall was the starting quarterback at Auburn the past two seasons.