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Traci Johnson - Assistant Sports Editor

Assistant Sports Editor

I was born and raised in Alabama, where not a soul alive can beat me in Crimson Tide football trivia or match me in houndstooth items owned. But I've lived almost as long in Florida; I'm what's known around these parts as a Times lifer. I was an intern back in the day at the St. Pete Times, then after graduating Troy University, felt the calling to come back south and be a permanent beach bum/assistant sports editor. My vast knowledge of mascots obviously makes me an expert at colleges and preps, but you can quiz me anytime on special event coverage as well (especially the Triple G of Gasparilla, Grand Prix and golf).

  1. Georgia State head coach Shawn Elliott is doused after defeating Tennessee in Knoxville.
    One thing we know after the first week of college football: The Vols are not back.
  2. Brylee Bartram, of Seffner Christian Academy, looks for an open teammate during a game against Carrollwood Day School. (MONICA HERNDON | Times)
    Brylee Bartram’s national 3-point prowess got us to thinking about other standout high school performances.
  3. USF Bulls quarterback Blake Barnett (11) is sacked by East Carolina Pirates tight end Johnny Bogle (84) during the first quarter Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 in Tampa. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
  4. Sebastian the Ibis was celebrating the last time Miami met Florida State, when the Canes held rallied for a 24-20 win in Tallahasse. They meet again Saturday in a 3:30 p.m. game at Hard Rock Stadium that will be televised by ABC. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
    Here’s the Tampa Bay Times' college football coverage team’s picks for Week 6.
  5. Florida State coach Willie Taggart is seen on the sidelines during the first quarter against Virginia Tech at Doak Campbell Stadium Monday, Sept. 3, 2018 in Tallahassee. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
  6. South Florida Bulls student section during the game against Georgia Tech at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Saturday, September 8, 2018.  OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
    Here’s the Tampa Bay Times college football coverage team’s picks for week 4
  7. Blake Barnett (11) and the USF Bulls face Illinois Saturday in Chicago. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
    The Tampa Bay Times Sports staff’s predictions for the top games from week 3 of the college football season.
  8. Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen runs out of the tunnel before the game against the Charleston Southern Buccaneers on September 1, 2018 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla.  MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
    Predictions for USF-Georgia Tech, Florida State-Samford, Florida-Kentucky and all the big games
  9. Alabama head coach Nick Saban watches a drill during a Peach Bowl NCAA college football practice in Atlanta, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016. Alabama and Washington will face off in the Peach Bowl football game Saturday. (AP Photo/David Goldman) GADG112
  10. Fans of the Buccaneers cheer their team on against the Falcons at Raymond James Stadium on Sept. 14, 2008 in Tampa.