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For those who live and die Buccaneers football, the grueling seven-plus months without it is finally over!

And as an added bonus, the 2012 Bucs preseason kickoff tonight in Miami is packed with many intriguing storylines, as the Greg Schiano era begins.

Here are some things to keep an eye on:

Offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan: New Bucs' head coach Greg Schiano at least had success in his job at the college level. Sullivan, however, has never been an offensive coordinator. The New York Giants' quarterbacks coach last season, Sullivan had a huge voice in crafting the Bucs' new offense and will be calling plays.

LeGarrette Blount vs. Doug Martin: The running back battle is front and center for Bucs fans. Blount is being challenged by 2012 first-round draft pick Doug Martin, a seemingly more versatile back.

But a slimmed down Blount was named the starter for this game on the Bucs' official depth chart. Both will get their share of carries with the first team. How the Bucs use Blount might indicate how confident the team is in his passing and blocking skills.

Ronde Barber moves to safety: The Bucs' iconic cornerback has a new position... at 37 years old. While many pundits say it won't be a tough transition to safety for Barber, he told NFL Radio this week that there's a significant learning curve and he's approaching it methodically.

Gerald McCoy returns: McCoy was labeled by Bucs' management as"the face of the franchise" after being drafted in 2010. But the defensive tackle has been hurt for most of the past two seasons and was good but not great when he did play. For now, McCoy is healthy. Can he be a consistent impact player?

Vincent Jackson: Big No. 83 is the Bucs' new $55.55 million man. At 29 years old, Jackson is a legitimate elite wide receiver in his prime, something the Bucs haven't had in several years. Surely the Bucs will look to get him involved early to help build chemistry with quarterback Josh Freeman.

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