Bucs' Adjei-Barimah: Raiders' Mack 'a terror'
Most of the Bucs' roster will get their first look at Raiders DE/OLB Khalil Mack on Sunday, but nickel cornerback Jude Adjei-Barimah needs no introduction.
Long before Mack had 15 sacks in 2015 and made the All-Pro team at two positions in the same year, Adjei-Barimah has the misfortunate line up against Mack briefly when his Bowling Green team was facing Mack's Buffalo squad for the Mid-American Conference East division title at Ralph Wilson Stadium in 2013.
"I remember Khalil Mack, he used to stay out there on fourth down for the punt team, and I was kind of like the slot," Adjei-Barimah recalled Thursday. "They were in their safe defense, and he bullrushed me all the way into the punter. Luckily the punter got it off, but after that, I told Coach: 'Look, unless somebody's coming to help me block him, it was going to be a long day.' Khalil Mack was a terror for all four years we were at Bowling Green. He was always a guy you highlight before the game because he was such an exceptional talent. I'm actually happy to see him doing so well, because I like to see other guys from the MAC excel in this league."
Mack had 12 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss in that game, but Adjei-Barimah and Bowling Green got a 24-7 win, and would go on the MAC Championship game. where the Falcons would beat Northern Illinois for the conference title.
Good news for Adjei-Barimah: Mack still plays on special teams for Oakland, but only on the FG/PAT block unit ...