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BCS title game deja vu at Bucs camp: LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson, meet Alabama safety Mark Barron

LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson would like to forget about the last time he shared the football field with Alabama safety Mark Barron.

The Crimson Tide held Jefferson's offense to just 92 yards in a 21-0 win over the Tigers in the national championship game, the first shutout in BCS's 14-year, 62-game history. 

Jefferson piloted his team across midfield just once against Alabama, with 7:58 remaining in the game, and finished 11-of-17 passing for 53 yards and one interception.

But when the Bucs' minicamp began Friday, there was Jefferson under center as a tryout player and Barron beginning his NFL career as Tampa Bay's first-round draft pick.

Barron, who was credited with two tackles in the BCS title game, spent most of Friday on a separate field with West Virginia cornerback rookie Keith Tandy, the Bucs' sixth-round pick, learning technique and drills that will help him in OTAs and training camp.

"He was over there working separately,'' Barron said of Jefferson. "I think the quarterbacks were doing their own thing in the other deal, so I actually didn't have a chance to see him that much.

"He's a good player, a good quarterback, so I wouldn't mind having him (on my team) at all.''

Jefferson and the Bucs other undrafted free agents and tryout players were unavailable to the media. But Bucs coach Greg Schiano said he was intrigued by Jefferson and wanted to take a closer look.  

"He's a big, strong-armed athlete that we wanted to see just where he is in his development as a quarterback,'' Schiano said.

 

[Last modified: Friday, May 4, 2012 6:33pm]

    

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