July 24, 2007

Talib backs it up on the field

Three years ago Aqib Talib took two official visits as a senior in high school to Kansas and Wyoming. It wasn't that way because he couldn't play, but not many of the big name schools took notice of him.

It was mid-December of his senior year that Talib committed to the Jayhawks. He never took another visit before signing. When he arrived at Kansas he wasn't even on the depth chart as a corner.

At 6-foot-2, 185 pounds he showed skills during his true freshman year, but the red shirt never came off. That didn't mean the coaches didn't notice his ability.

"We could have used him but didn't need him at that time," said Kansas head coach Mark Mangino. "He was playing safety for us. So at that time we didn't have a need for him."

In 2005 Talib arrived on the scene getting his first action of his career at safety. In the fourth game of the season against Texas Tech he started at strong safety. But the next week against Kansas State he saw his action as a cover corner.

He finished his freshman campaign with 54 tackles and two picks.

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