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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

The Cornhusker hero

This Zac Taylor fellow sure is a big hit.

The former Nebraska quarterback who went undrafted signed a rookie free agent contract with the Bucs last week and was featured in the St. Petersburg Times on Monday. Since then, Cornhuskers nationwide have been filling up the inbox with comments about their beloved quarterback. We had no idea the guy was so popular.

Many of those 'Husker fans were delighted to learn that their guy actually has a shot -- albeit an outside shot -- of sticking in Tampa. All he has to do is beat out backups Luke McCown and Bruce Gradkowski for the No. 3 emergency quarterback role. That sounds somewhat daunting, but consider that McCown hasn't played in forever after tearing up his knee last year and Gradkowski certainly has his shortcomings.

Also working in Taylor's favor is his familiarity with the Bucs' offense. His college coach, Bill Callahan, was Jon Gruden's offensive coordinator when Gruden coached the Raiders.

So, stay tuned Cornhuskers. Taylor made it through the weekend rookie camp and he'll soon get a chance against the big boys when offseason workouts begin again next week.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:45pm]


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