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The five recruits who could help the state’s three football powers

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The freshman year is no longer for a football player to learn his way around campus. There is no more time for growth, no more time for learning. There is no more apprenticeship. These days, the best players play as freshmen, or redshirt freshman. They start as sophomores, and they star as juniors. These days, a player learns how to say hello. Given that, who are each team’s five players most likely to make a first-year impression. According to 247sports.com,…

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Bucs sign Brent Grimes, Josh Robinson to help pass defense

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The Tampa Bay Bucs are betting that Brent Grimes can play young. They are also betting that Josh Robinson can stay healthy. Such are the latest gambles on pass coverage for the Bucs, who signed Grimes from Miami and Robinson from Minnesota. The Bucs would like to improve their pass defense, which was 16th in the league a year ago. Tampa Bay also added pass rusher Robert Ayers and safety Chris Conti to help the unit. Grimes, who has made…

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Bucs lose personnel director Jon Robinson to Tennessee

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The Tampa Bay Bucs, desperately in need of more personnel, will have to find it with a new personnel director. Jon Robinson, the Bucs’ personnel director the past two years, has taken the general manager’s job at Tennessee. Robinson replaces Ruston Webster, another former Bucs’ scout. With the Titans, Robinson will once again have the No. 1 pick in the draft (he helped guide the team toward Jameis Winston last year). A coaching search begins Thursday. Robinson joined Licht in…

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Pondering the questions about college football’s upcoming games

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Ten questions for the upcoming college weekend: Can Florida slow down Kentucky’s passing game? At this point, who knows? The Gators certainly didn’t slow down East Carolina’s, did they? The Pirates were driving toward a tying touchdown when quarterback Shane Carden simply dropped the ball. Still, Carden threw 66 times and amassed 467 yards in the loss. Now comes Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles, who lit up Florida last year with 369 yards passing and three touchdowns. Wide receiver Garrett Johnson…

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