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Bucs draft defense again with West Virginia cornerback Keith Tandy



The Bucs have added another defensive piece, drafting West Virginia cornerback Keith Tandy, who had 10 interceptions in his final two seasons with the Moutaineers.

The 5-10, 200-pound Tandy has played right and left cornerback and was the team's sixth-leading tackler in 2011, with 64. Tandy also led the team with nine pass breakups and four interceptions last season.

Tandy is not the fastest cornerback, but is seen as a player capable of supporting the run and tackling well. In a game this season against Maryland, he registered 10 total tacklers, including eight solo.

"I think one of my main things is reading the quarterback, playing off (receivers) and (playing) zone," Tandy said by phone. "I’m real physical with the receiver. I’m more of a bigger cornerback. I try to use that to my advantage."

After this selection, the Bucs have made five selections, four of which are defensive players.

Tandy revealed after his selection that he was roommates at West Virginia with Bucs fifth-round pick Najee Goode. Saturday was an emotional day for both.

" We started texting earlier today talking about how nerve-racking it was and how we couldn’t be still," Tandy said. "Every time we’d get a text message, we’d think it was a team calling. After (Goode) got drafted, I congratulated him. And after I got drafted, he actually called me while I was on the phone with Coach (Greg) Schiano."

The other thing both players have in common: The played against Schiano's Rutgers teams, meaning he's very familiar with them.

[Last modified: Saturday, April 28, 2012 6:58pm]


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