TAMPA, Fla. Greg Schiano ended his first mandatory minicamp as head coach of the Tampa Bay Bucs on Thursday morning with a little surprise and it was as much a shock to offensive tackle Donald Penn as anyone.
Barely an hour had elapsed into the third and final practice session when Schiano called his team together and informed them of the high-stakes play about to take place: If the burly 6-5, 305-pound lineman with a penchant for talking up his athletic ability could catch a punt fired from a jugs-gun, the workout would end on the spot.
He could've given me a little warning," Penn quipped later. "I could've been talking to Preston Parker or Sammie Stroughter and gotten a little pointer. Everybody was all excited, and I was like, 'Calm down, calm down, I got it.'
And he did.
Penn successfully fielded the punt hurtling toward him from midfield and his grateful teammates erupted in grateful cheers the final official play before the Bucs reconvene July 28 for the start of trai...