August 10, 2007

Thorpe nominee says he can get better

As the cameras and reporters surrounded Aqib Talib on media day, the air was filled with talk of preseason awards and past accomplishments, but Talib hinted that Kansas fans haven't seen the best of the junior cornerback from Texas.

"If the best I can be is a 10, then right now I am about a five," Talib said. "Last year my footwork wasn't that good, I played too high. Once I start playing lower, and get out of my breaks a lot faster, that is when I will be in the 7 and the 8's," Talib said.

One such guy who has emerged on the scene to make sure Aqib achieves his goals is new cornerback coach Je'Ney Jackson. While this is Jackson's first season as a coach, he has already worked and helped Talib improve on his press technique, and has already gained Talib's respect.

"I really like Coach Jackson, he knows how to get me to the next level, not only has he helped me on my techniques, but he has improved my work ethic too," Talib said.

Talib will have all the time he wants to focus on being a better cornerback as Mangino hasn't had to tinker with moving Talib to the offensive side of the ball since the wide receiving corps has been doing better than expected.

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