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Greg Schiano's not-so-fond memories of Amobi Okoye

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Defensive tackle Amobi Okoye was among the new players in attendance for the start of the Bucs' bonus minicamp on Tuesday, giving coach Greg Schiano and his staff their first look at the free-agent acquisition in pewter and red.

But Schiano, much to his chagrin, has seen Okoye before. In fact, he's seen more of him than he would have liked.

While coaching at Rutgers, Schiano's Scarlet Knights had to face Okoye's Louisville in a Big East matchup in 2007. Schiano's memories are vivid, but not fond.

"Certainly, he was a very good player coming out of college," Schiano said. "I had knowledge of him. We played against him. He kind of lived in our backfield."

With that as a backdrop, Schiano began analyzing Okoye's pro experience after the Bucs began taking an interest in recent weeks.

"When you have that memory of him, then you watch him on pro tape," Schiano said. "He’s done some good things, probably not lived up to the expectations of many, probably including himself. But he’s here to do that. And he and I talked before he became a Buc and talked about what he can become and what I believe he will become and he’s really excited to go out and play football.

"I believe it really bolsters our depth on the defensive line and is a great opportunity for all of us."

So, how did Okoye do in that 2007 matchup with Rutgers? He registered a sack and a tackle for loss. His team did all right, too, defeating Rutgers 56-5.

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 10:14am]

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