By ERNEST HOOPER and ROGER MILLS
© St. Petersburg Times, published September 7, 2000
TAMPA -- The Bucs have lots of film on talented Bears receiver Marcus Robinson, and Robinson likely will figure prominently in their preparation for Sunday's game.
But they may have some extra help. Third-year receiver Jacquez Green played with Robinson at Peach County High in Fort Valley, Ga.
Green said he is well aware of what Robinson can do.
"He was big and fast back then (and still is)," said Green, who was an option quarterback in high school. "I credit being recruited to (the University of) Florida to Marcus. The recruiters from Florida would come to watch Marcus all the time, and they would see me. "Everybody would come to see (Robinson) since he was 6 feet 3 and over 200 pounds and could run."
Robinson was a year ahead of Green, and the two were on a state final team in Green's junior year. Robinson, who had 84 receptions for 1,400 yards and nine touchdowns, opted to go to South Carolina. NO PICKLE JUICE FOR YOU: The Eagles credit pickle juice for helping them deal with the 109-degree heat in Sunday's 41-14 upset at Dallas. But don't look for the Bucs or Bears to go that route for their game in Tampa.
"I can't tell you I know anything about the science of it," Bears coach Dick Jauron said. "The only thing I know is we're not going to drink pickle juice."
Bucs coach Tony Dungy joked that his team was willing to try anything, but when told the Bears were going to abstain, he said: "If they won't do it, then we won't do it, either. We don't want the advantage."
CHANGING OF THE GUARD: With the release of Brad Culpepper and the retirement of Paul Gruber, two locker stalls became vacant over the past two weeks. Both have been filled. Center Jeff Christy got Culpepper's locker, and running back Mike Alstott moved into Gruber's stall.)
Christy is now seated next to tackle Jerry Wunsch.
"I knew it was going to be open, and I asked about being able to move in there," Christy said. "I guess it goes on seniority; that's how it usually happens."
Gruber's former stall is one of the better locations, in a corner of the locker room.
"I asked Paul if I could take over his locker, and he said sure," Alstott said. "Now I can feel part of Paul and what he's been through his whole career. He said I could have it, and I was honored."
NO RING TO IT: The defense has a good reputation nationally, and the quest to find a nickname for it has broadened. Last week, in the Boston Globe, receiver Keyshawn Johnson described his defense as a bunch of Rottweilers. In a recent article in the New York Times, the phrase "brick wall" was used.
All-Pro defensive tackle Warren Sapp wasn't impressed.
"It's got no ring to it," Sapp said. "It's not catchy. When you think of brick wall, you think of something that's being built. We're established. You have to come a little flashier than that."
Said All-Pro linebacker Derrick Brooks: "We really don't need (a nickname) until we win a championship."
DON'T GIVE ME THE DANG BALL: At 6-3, 280 pounds, offensive guard Randall McDaniel is getting attention for his cameo role as fullback in short-yardage situations. McDaniel played the fullback position for four snaps against the Patriots in Sunday's win and should get in similar situations Sunday against the Bears.
The 13-year veteran, who played some fullback during his 12 seasons with the Vikings, apparently told quarterback Shaun King not to hand him the ball.
"I took the wrong steps, and I almost ended up getting the ball, and I was just making sure that he doesn't stick the ball (into my hands)," McDaniel joked.
McDaniel said he "took the wrong steps" blocking for Alstott in the fourth quarter, and the play ended in what is rapidly becoming a famous block on Patriots linebacker Ted Johnson.
"I was a little upset with (myself) for taking the wrong steps, so someone had to pay, and that was the end result," McDaniel said.
Dungy, who remembered McDaniel's fullback exploits with the Vikings, joked that McDaniel's salary demands may escalate if he continues to play two positions and smiled at the thought of the veteran actually getting a carry.
"If he gains 1,000 yards, it's going to cost us," Dungy said.
ALL-WEATHER BUCS: Wednesday's full-contact practice had a little bit of everything as far as nature was concerned. The players took the field around 2 p.m. with the temperature around 90 degrees. Then came lightning, which Dungy counted as being a safe 18 seconds between flash and thunder; then came humidity, high wind and a fairly thick dust storm.
Dungy, who often likes his team to deal with unpredictable conditions, seemed to welcome the atmospheric roller coaster.
"We got it all today," he said. "We got to practice in all the elements, which is good."
INJURY UPDATE: Safety John Lynch (right thigh bruise) sat out practice as a precaution. Dungy said he likely will practice today. Cornerback Floyd Young (left hamstring sprain), receiver Karl Williams (left shoulder sprain), running back Warrick Dunn (stomach flu), defensive end Marcus Jones (left elbow sprain) and right guard Frank Middleton (left wrist sprain) practiced and are probable for Sunday.