Aqib Talib To Forego Senior Season

Jan. 7, 2008

<?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas cornerback Aqib Talib, a consensus All-American, has announced that he will forego his senior season and declare himself eligible for the NFL draft. Talib has been projected as a second-round draft pick.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

This season the junior from Richardson, Texas, earned a number of national honors in helping Kansas to a 12-1 record, including a victory against Virginia Tech in the FedEx Orange Bowl on Jan. 3. After the game he was named the Orange Bowl MVP.

“I talked to my family and to (KU head) coach (Mark) Mangino and we all decided that if I wanted to get better, it was time to take it to the next level,” Talib said. “We had an excellent season and this is how I want to go out. It was a quick decision. Coach agreed and my family agreed and everybody felt like I was ready to play at the next level.”

“Aqib has had a great career here at Kansas and he has had a big impact on our program,” Mangino said. “I wish him the same kind of success at the next level that he had here in our program. I completely support his decision.”

Talib finished the 2007 season with 66 tackles to rank fifth on the team. He recorded a team-best 13 passes broken up and tied for the team lead with five interceptions. He returned two interceptions for touchdowns, including a 60-yarder for the first score against Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl.

In his three-year career, Talib registered 13 interceptions to rank second all-time at the school and added 45 passes broken up. This past season he became an offensive threat as well, pulling in eight receptions for 182 yards and four touchdowns as a part-time wide receiver.

“Kansas gave me a chance to get a good job,” Talib said. “Coach Mangino, (defensive coordinator) coach (Bill) Young and the team helped set me up so that I have a chance to get a pretty good job next year. It was an opportunity I needed to take.

“I do not regret my decision to come to Kansas,” Talib said. “I would not have my college career be anything different than it was. The class of 2004 came in when KU was struggling and we turned the program around like we planned on doing. Hopefully they can keep it going. I am going to feel like part of the team next year and anytime I can get back I will.”