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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

CB Talib matches franchise record

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Cornerback Aqib Talib had a career day for the winless Tampa Bay Bucs on Sunday, matching a franchise mark held by Ronde Barber, with three interceptions.

But what the former Kansas University standout will remember isn’t his history-making performance in a 16-13 loss to the Washington Redskins.

“I'm going to remember this 0-4 start,” Talib said.

That's largely because Talib was on the wrong end of the Redskins’ biggest play of the day — a 59-yard bomb from Jason Campbell to Santana Moss in the third quarter that gave Washington the winning touchdown.

Talib, who has been featured in man-to-man coverage this year, made a mistake against the veteran receiver. After the snap, Moss used a double move to confuse Talib, and it had the intended result.

“I turned the wrong way, and, against a guy like Santana Moss, you can’t do that,” Talib said.

Talib offset that with his three picks. None of them seemed like easy catches. In fact, on his second, he not only had textbook position against Malcolm Kelly, he also went up and made a leaping catch.

That was preceded by a diving interception across the middle in which Talib appeared to snatch the ball from Kelly. He hopped off the turf and peeled off a 16-yard return.

Comments

KGphoto 10 years, 3 months ago

All-Pro.

Just get that social behavioral disorder under control.

NebraskaJayhawk 10 years, 3 months ago

I think the Bucs have probably already learned that you have to live with the good and the bad when it comes to Talib. Heck of an athlete that makes spectacular plays. However, he will get burned occasionally which will result in huge plays. I remember several of those instances while he was at KU when he would make a decision to go for something extraordinary, but ended up being a bad decision. But his intensity, competitiveness, and athleticsm he brings to the table are intangibles that you can't necessarily coach. More often than not, he was a "shut down" corner though.

Kansas really misses a guy like this in their secondary and I hope as the season continues to progress that someone will emerge as a playmaker for us at the cornerback position. I really thought Chris Harris was going to be that guy watching him as a Freshman. He's had a decent start to the season...I'm anxious to see how the season unfolds for him.

ajs10 10 years, 3 months ago

Too bad the Bucs force 4 turnovers and they still can't find a way to score more than 16.

kranny 10 years, 3 months ago

Even Mangino said that living with Talib is "high risk, high reward".

Derek McDonnell 10 years, 3 months ago

Nice of you to post his mug shot with the story in the paper.

tdub 10 years, 3 months ago

Nebraska, You're spot on. I remember him getting burned badly by Jordy Nelson. However, he offsets that with the pick-6 in the Orange Bowl.

Adam Evans 10 years, 3 months ago

Even with the behavior issues, having someone perform at this level in the pros will only help to get stronger and stronger recruits. Who would have thought KU would put out pros that are putting up pro-bowl material? I mean, that happened with us once every 10 or 15 years. If we can keep this up, higher profile recruits won't be timid about KU.

waywardJay 10 years, 3 months ago

Seems like maybe he should beat up on more cabbies, don't ya think ?????

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