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Joey Knight - Bucs Reporter

Bucs Reporter

I'm a fourth-generation Floridian born at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, which makes me somewhat of a demographic outlier. My family arrived in Zephyrhills before McDonald's, and I've resided there most of my life. When I was a grade-schooler, my passions were sports and creative writing, in that order. Today I'm an old-schooler (don't be dissing on '80s hard rock), and that order has been flipped. I love telling stories, be they about first basemen or first responders. These days, I cover the Bucs, but I'll dabble in other stuff (Colleges, Rays, Gasparilla Distance Classic, etc.).

  1. Former St. Petersburg High standout Serrel Smith Jr. began his career at Maryland before transferring after his sophomore year to East Tennessee State. He indicated Friday he's transferring to USF.
  2. Ryan Fitzpatrick sported his prominent beard, and some of teammate DeSean Jackson's threads, during a postgame news conference following a Week Two upset of the Eagles in 2019.
  3. Rays right-handed starter Tyler Glasnow was pulled by manager Kevin Cash with two out and a runner on first in the eighth inning Monday night. To that point, Glasnow had struck out 14 Rangers batters.
  4. Rays left-hander Ryan Yarbrough allowed six earned runs on 10 hits in six innings Tuesday night against the Rangers.
  5. Rays 24-year-old left-hander Josh Fleming, 4-0 in five starts last season, is set to make his 2021 debut Wednesday at Tropicana Field.
  6. Like Clemson’s Travis Etienne, Alabama's Najee Harris (22) proved his reliability as a receiver but ranks slightly higher on most draft boards because of his size.
  7. Clemson running back Travis Etienne (9) runs for a touchdown during the first half of the ACC championship game against Notre Dame on Dec. 19, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. Etienne finished his college career with 4,952 rushing yards and 102 receptions.
  8. Former Bengals running back Giovani Bernard, 29, has signed a one-year deal with the Bucs.
  9. USF softball coach Ken Eriksen enters a weekend home series against Tulsa with 992 career victories.
  10. Wiregrass Ranch quarterback Rocco Becht has thrown for more than 3,500 yards over the last two seasons.
  11. USF coach Brian Gregory is starting to rebuild his roster after losing nine players since the end of the 2020-21 season.
  12. Bucs quarterback Tom Brady embraces Chiefs counterpart Patrick Mahomes after Tampa Bay's 31-9 victory in Super Bowl 55 at Raymond James Stadium. The pair reportedly shot a commercial at Carrollwood Day School on Tuesday.
  13. Bucs wide receiver Antonio Brown, who signed with the team last November, had one of his two playoff touchdowns against the Chiefs in Super Bowl 55.
  14. Former USF quarterback Jordan McCloud and the Bulls fell to then-No. 7 Notre Dame 52-0 last September in South Bend.
  15. USF women's basketball low-post standouts Shae Leverett (21) and Bethy Mununga (20) are taking an advantage of an NCAA COVID-19 waiver that grants senior winter sports athletes another season of eligibility.
  16. Offensive guard Logan Mankins, the No. 32 overall pick (by the Patriots) in 2005, made the NFL's 2010s all-decade team and earned second-team all-pro honors five times during his nine seasons in New England. He finished his career with the Bucs.
  17. Bucs quarterback Tom Brady will appear with head coach Bruce Arians at the seventh annual Arians Family Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic at Innisbrook on April 18-19.
  18. Bucs general manager Jason Licht celebrates with fans immediately following the team's Super Bowl victory boat parade along the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa in February.
  19. Bucs quarterback Tom Brady, seen with his former Patriots coach, Bill Belichick, throwing the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Boston Red Sox's 2015 home opener, was drafted in the 18th round by the Montreal Expos in 1995.
  20. Former Bucs wide receiver Michael Clayton (80) grabs a pass from quarterback Josh Freeman during a 2009 home game against the Packers. Tampa Bay hasn't worn its creamsicle "throwback" jerseys since 2012.
  21. Bucs owner/co-chairman Joel Glazer says future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady forged an atmosphere of unselfishness he previously hadn't experienced in his quarter-century with the franchise.
  22. USF 7-footer Michael Durr (4) greets players during team introductions prior to a game against Tulsa at the Yuengling Center in January. Durr reportedly has entered the NCAA transfer portal.
  23. Bucs running back Leonard Fournette, center, said Wednesday that he could have signed elsewhere for more money this offseason, but chose to re-join Tampa Bay in its quest for a second straight Super Bowl title.