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Ex-Gator Caleb Brantley listed as a victim after being struck by a woman

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University of Florida defensive tackle Caleb Brantley is listed as the victim in a police report after an altercation with a Gainesville woman. Brantley said the woman, Chelsea Austin, struck him in the face. Austin admitted hitting Brantley, saying he had “disrespected” her. Brantley then pushed her away. Brantley is listed as 6-3, 307. Austin is 5-4, 110 pounds. She had a cut on her lip, but left with friends. Brantley had no visible injuries. Brantley was second team all-SEC…

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Bucs sign tackle Demar Dotson to a contract extension

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Demar Dotson is a rich man. But he remembers the journey that got him here. Dotson, a former basketball player at Southern Miss, did not play football in Pop Warner, or junior high, or high school. He played one year for South Miss, but that was on the defensive line. He was an undrafted free agent who caught on with the Tampa Bay Bucs. “Everything I have in life, I work for it,” Dotson said. “I came in as a…

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Bucs finish up draft with role players you’ve barely heard of

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The Tampa Bay Bucs finished up their work in the NFL draft, evidently looking for backups and special team players. The Bucs picked up Ryan Smith of North Carolina Central, who will compete for playing time at nickel back, in the fourth round. They picked up tackle Caleb Benenock of UCLA in the fifth. In the sixth, they drafted Oklahoma linebacker and Northwestern fullback Dan Vitale in the depth part of the draft. Smith is the fourth cornerback the team has…

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Tampa Bay goes back to drafting cornerbacks in the NFL draft

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Yeah, the Tampa Bay cornerbacks were as bad as you feared last year. Consider: The team signed Brent Grimes in free agency. And Josh Henderson. Consider: The team drafted Vernon Hargreaves in the draft. And Ryan Smith. Smith, from North Carolina Central, was the latest player the Bucs thought was worth taking in the NFL draft. One scouting report suggested that the big schools had really missed their evaluations of Smith. Now, he will have time to play special teams…

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Bucs look to former Colt Gosder Cherilus to be their new right tackle

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The Bucs needed a new right tackle. Gosder Cherilus needed a place to start over. The sides found each other Monday afternoon when Cherilus agreed to a two-year contract to replace the injured DeMar Dotson on the Bucs’ roster. Just two seasons ago, Cherilus was the highest-paid right tackle in the league, signing a five-year, $34 million contract with Indianapolis. But injuries slowed Cherilus, and last season, he was ranked 70th of 84 eligible tackles by Pro Football Focus. The…

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