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Rick Stroud, Times Staff Writer

Rick Stroud

Rick Stroud covers the Bucs and the NFL for the Times. He joined the paper in 1983 after graduating from Arkansas St., where he played baseball. He has reported on national sporting events including more than 20 Super Bowls, the NCAA Final Four, and the Major League Baseball playoffs. While working as the beat writer assigned to the University of Florida at the Times, Stroud's stories documented NCAA rules violations by the football and basketball programs. He began covering the Bucs in 1990. Since then, the team has undergone seven coaching changes, the death of owner Hugh Culverhouse and the sale of the franchise to billionaire owner Malcolm Glazer and a stadium referendum and a Super Bowl XXVII victory. He co-hosts a sports talk show weekday mornings from 6-9 on WDAE 620-AM, 95.3-FM.

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  1. Documentary could be latest Winston element for Bucs to consider

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    TAMPA

    Jameis Winston doesn't look good on film. That isn't something you could say until now, given the Florida State star performed so well by losing only one game in two seasons with the Seminoles.

    Where Winston's reputation will take another hit is in The Hunting Ground, a documentary released Friday about sexual assaults on college campuses.

    The film features assault survivors who have faced retaliation and harassment for reporting they had been raped on campuses from Harvard to Cal. That group includes Winston's accuser, Erica Kinsman, a former FSU student and Pasco County resident who spoke publicly for the first time for the film....

    Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston talks with the media during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler) INDM130
  2. The last 1: Vinny Testaverde reflects on Bucs career

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    TAMPA — It has been 28 years since the Buccaneers last owned the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, when they targeted a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from a state powerhouse who was coming off a disappointing loss that ended chances for a national championship.

    Except then, there was no debate about who was the best player the worst team in the NFL should select. Not a single argument....

    29 Oct 1989: Runningback Bo Jackson of the Los Angeles Raiders sits on the sideline during a game against the Washington Redskins at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. The Raiders won the game 37-24.
  3. Winston, Mariota square off in drills at NFL combine

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    INDIANAPOLIS — Hopefully, there will be more duels between Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota on NFL playing fields, more shootouts with even higher stakes. But if the call to arms that took place Saturday at the league's scouting combine was any indication, this quarterback rivalry will be worth watching.

    The frontrunners to become the Bucs' No. 1 pick in the draft went throw-to-throw during passing drills, and neither disappointed....

    Jameis Winston, left, greets Marcus Mariota after the quarterbacks took part in drills at the NFL scouting combine.
  4. Winston, Mariota stand out in passing drills

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    Hopefully, there will be more duels between Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota on NFL playing fields, more shootouts with even higher stakes. But if the call to arms that took place at the league’s scouting combine was any indication, this quarterback rivalry will be worth watching....

  5. Where does truth lie when Lovie Smith talks about NFL draft?

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    INDIANAPOLIS — It might be going too far to call Lovie Smith a liar. Even if you follow that up by saying he's a nice one.

    That's what Greg Bedard of Sports Illustrated did the other day, saying essentially, that he's not buying Smith's defense of Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston.

    Bedard praised Smith for having great character and being a terrific leader of men. But he said "he's also one of the worst serial offenders when it comes to the liars' season that is the NFL offseason."...

    Coach Lovie Smith of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers watches from the sideline in the fourth quarter at Raymond James Stadium on December 28, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Cliff McBride/Getty Images) 507883167
  6. Jameis Winston shows no fear toward NFL or its best QBs

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    INDIANAPOLIS — He talked about winning the Super Bowl. Next year. Forget Marcus Mariota. He said he's coming for Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. He even mentioned wanting to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

    Jameis Winston says it's important for him to be the No. 1 overall pick and the face of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    But before that face is placed on the side of the building — Raymond Jameis Stadium? — Winston knows he has to earn the team's trust....

    Jameis Winston tries to shake off a myriad of concerns.
  7. Jameis Winston and associates seem unconcerned about shoulder

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    INDIANAPOLIS — First, it was concerns about Jameis Winston's weight. Now, it's his shoulder.

    The problem was detected during a routine medical examination at the NFL scouting combine. Winston had an Electromyography (EMG) to study a weakness in his right throwing shoulder, which often can be caused by a nerve problem that can be treated through proper therapy, according to a report by ESPN....

    Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston listens to a reporter's question during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine on Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.  Associated Press
  8. Winston: 'I'm here to win games and be the face of someone's franchise'

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    He talked about winning the Super Bowl. Next year. Forget Marcus Mariota. He talked about beating Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. He even mentioned wanting to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

    Jameis Winston wants to be the No. 1 overall pick and the face of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    Yes, he said, he's made mistakes. He's willing to earn the Bucs' trust. But he's even more into earning victories....

    Jameis Winston wants to be the No. 1 overall pick and the face of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  9. Report: Winston having weakness in throwing shoulder

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    The Bucs may have a reason to pump the brakes on Jameis Winston.

    The Florida State quarterback is undergoing medical tests to determine why he is experiencing weakness in his right throwing shoulder.

    The problem was detected during a routine medical examination. Winston had an Electromyography (EMG) to study a weakness in his shoulder, which often can be caused by a nerve problem that can be treated through proper therapy, if necessary, sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen....

    Jameis is undergoing medical tests to determine why he is experiencing weakness in his throwing shoulder, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
  10. Quarterback Josh McCown is one (season) and done after 18 turnovers.
  11. Jameis Winston's latest issue: weight

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    INDIANAPOLIS — Jameis Winston stepped on the scales at 231 pounds Thursday at the scouting combine. But the weight of public opinion about his physical conditioning might still be against him.

    That's because Winston ballooned to 245 pounds a few weeks after last month's Rose Bowl loss to Oregon.

    Winston's quarterback coach, George Whitfield Jr., said the former Florida State star aggravated a high ankle sprain in the national semifinal game....

    Quarterbacks Marcus Mariota, left, and Jameis Winston reunite this week at the NFL combine, their first meeting since Oregon routed Florida State in the Rose Bowl last month.
  12. Mariota says Bucs should draft him No. 1

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    INDIANAPOLIS — Marcus Mariota is arguably the best dual-threat quarterback to enter the NFL draft. He has a strong arm, is an accurate passer and can run like a wide receiver. All his talent and intangibles scream superstar.

    What he has to learn to do is speak up, starting in the huddle.

    At Oregon, Mariota never called a play. The Ducks signaled plays in from the sideline while players stood at the line of scrimmage....

    Marcus Mariota runs the ball for the Oregon Ducks in last month's national championship game in Arlington, Texas.
  13. Mariota making transition, believes he should go No. 1

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    Marcus Mariota never called a play at Oregon. He rarely played under center and was never even in an offensive huddle.

    Despite facing an enormous transition to the pro game, Mariota believes he should be the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft by the Bucs.

    “As a competitor, any person will tell you he’s the best. I truly believe that in myself,'' Mariota said Thursday at the NFL scoring combine. "We’ll see whatever decision is made but I’ve got to go in with that mentality....

    Despite facing an enormous transition to the pro game, Marcus Mariota believes he should be the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft by the Bucs.
  14. QB coach says Winston has 'alligator skin,' and not a risk

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    Jameis Winston already has endured the scrutiny and expectations of a rookie NFL quarterback and would not be an off-field risk if the Bucs make him the No. 1 overall pick, his quarterbacks coach said Thursday.

    George Whitfield, Jr., who has known Winston since he came to his quarterback camps at age 17, says Winston does not have a chip on his shoulder and is driven to become one of the best players in the game....

    Jameis Winston already has endured the scrutiny and expectations of a rookie NFL quarterback and would not be an off-field risk if the Bucs make him the No. 1 overall pick, his quarterbacks coach said Thursday.
  15. Bucs get first face-to-face meetings with Winston, Mariota

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    The Bucs had their first face-to-face meeting with quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota Wednesday night at the NFL scouting combine.

    Although neither participated in the team's 15-minute formal interview at the Crowne Plaza, they each spent significant time with members of the Bucs' coaching staff at the nearby train station that is a gathering spot for coaches, front office personnel and players....

    The Bucs had their first face-to-face meeting with Jameis Winston Wednesday night at the NFL scouting combine.