Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Buccaneers' picks: Round 6/174 - Keith Tandy, CB, 5-10, 200, West Virginia...A roommate of Goode's at West Virginia, Tandy had a knack for making big plays and is good in zone coverage reading the eyes of quarterbacks. - The Sports Xchange
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Tandy's size and physicality hides the fact he is one of the more successful passers in Kentucky high school history (8,609 career passing yards, 90 touchdowns). WVU coaches saw his four interceptions as a senior, however, and thought his best chance to make an impact would be on the defensive side of the ball--a seemingly wise move after his play the past couple of seasons.
He learned the cornerback position while redshirting, then played six games (making six tackles) and earned a start in the team's bowl game in 2008. Tandy's game improved as a full-time starter in 2009, when he made 61 tackles, four for loss, intercepted four passes and broke up seven others. Big East coaches thought enough of his excellent junior season (57 tackles, two TFL, six INT, 11 PBU) to vote him first-team all-conference in 2010.
If Tandy continues his growth as a defender in 2011, NFL scouts will overlook his average height and speed to consider selecting him in the top half of the draft. His strong build, tenacity, and willingness to go to the ball (resulting in several interceptions coming off tipped passes) give him a chance to start, or at least be a reliable nickel corner, at the next level.
Positives: Best fit is in a zone scheme and lacks the vertical speed to shadow elite receivers. Keeps the ball and man in front of him in zone and might be a candidate to convert to safety. Thickly built for a corner and closes with intent, chasing laterally and is effective bringing down bigger targets.
Negatives: Zone-specific prospect who is likely only a fit in nickel or dime packages with predominantly man-to-man teams. Not consistent with his footwork, is a bit choppy in transition and is slow to find the ball on deep routes.
Started all 13 games … No. 1 in BIG EAST in interceptions and tied for No. 1 in passes defended … earned BIG EAST defensive player of the game for the USF game … named WVU defensive player of the game for the UNLV, USF, Cincinnati and Louisville games … major contributor on defense that ranked No. 2 in scoring defense, No. 3 in total defense and No. 11 in pass defense … used on more than 700 plays, including a season-high 75 at Pitt … saw action on 50 or more plays in nine games … fifth-leading tackler on the squad with 57 tackles, including 38 unassisted tackles, two tackles for loss, a team-leading six interceptions, a team-leading 11 pass breakups and a forced fumble … two double-figure tackle performances … five or more tackles in four games … two interceptions against UNLV … four tackles at Marshall and assisted on a tackle for loss … two tackles, two pass breakups and a seven-yard interception return at LSU … a solo tackle and a career-high two interceptions against UNLV, returning them for 30 yards … team-high 10 tackles against USF, including six solo stops, one forced fumble, one interception and assisted on a tackle for loss … tied his team-high mark of 10 tackles against Syracuse, including five unassisted tackles … five solo tackles, including one for loss, an interception and four pass breakups against Cincinnati … four solo tackles at Louisville, an interception returned for 11 yards and a pass breakup … team-high nine tackles at Pitt, including eight unassisted tackles and a pass breakup … finished with two tackles and a pass breakup against Rutgers … registered three tackles and two pass breakups against NC State in the Champs Sports Bowl.
Started all 13 games … tied for No. 10 in the BIG EAST in interceptions (3) and tied for No. 14 in passes defended (7) … WVU Defensive Champion: East Carolina, Syracuse … used on more than 760 plays, including a season high 85 plays against Colorado … used on 50 or more plays in 11 games … sixth-leading tackler on the team with 61 total stops, including 43 solo stops, four tackles for loss, three interceptions, a fumble recovery and four pass breakups … five or more tackles in six games … registered four tackles and a pass breakup against Florida State in the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl … finished with a team-high two pass breakups and three tackles, including two solo stops at Rutgers … team-high and career-high 10 tackles, including seven solo and a six-yard interception return against Pitt … three solo tackles and a fumble recovery at Cincinnati … finished with seven tackles, including six solo stops and a tackle for loss against Louisville … collected seven solo tackles, including one for loss at USF … career-high eight tackles, including six solo stops and an interception against UConn … three tackles, including two solo stops, a tackle for loss and a pass breakup against Marshall … posted six tackles against Colorado … finished with four tackles, including two unassisted and a tackle for loss at Auburn … registered five tackles, including three unassisted and his first career interception against East Carolina … solo tackle against Liberty.
Played in six games and started one … used primarily on special teams … saw action on more than 75 plays on defense, including a season-high 55 against North Carolina in the Meineke Car Care Bowl … 23 plays against Villanova … had six tackles, including four solo stops for the season … season-high three solo tackles against UNC … two tackles at Connecticut … assisted on a tackle against Villanova.
Redshirted … member of the scout team … scout team special teams champion: Louisville.
All-Kentucky defensive prospect from Christian County High ... first team all-district and all-conference for Coach Mike Whitaker ... holds almost every school passing record with career totals of 8,609 yards and 90 touchdowns ... top 10 among career passing leaders … season record 32 touchdowns ... set two school records with 528 yards and eight scores in a game ... collected four interceptions and rushed for 1,007 yards as a senior ... helped lead Christian County to a 7-4 record overall and a 4-1third-place finish in the league as a senior … helped lead the Colonels to an 8-5 record and advance to the first round of the state playoffs as a junior … also a baseball and basketball letterman ... president of Beta Club.
Birthday is Feb. 12 … son of Joyce Jordan ... one of four children … majoring in forensic and investigative sciences.
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12/18/12 - S Keith Tandy had to rely on his experience as an accomplished high school quarterback in Kentucky where he rushed for more than 1,000 yards as a senior. Perhaps that's why he was chosen to handle a fake punt that resulted in an 18-yard gain against the Saints.
12/16/12 - S Keith Tandy had the first rushing attempt of his career when he ran 18 yards for a first down on a faked punt.
04/30/12 - Coach Greg Schiano knows the Big East and never beat West Virginia during his 11 seasons as the head coach at Rutgers. So it's no surprise he used his familiarity with opposing players to his advantage in the draft Saturday. But talk about a small world. The Bucs took Mountaineers linebacker Najee Goode in the fifth round when the draft resumed Saturday. About an hour later, they took his roommate, West Virginia cornerback Keith Tandy, in the sixth round. "We started texting earlier today about how nerve-wracking it was and how we couldn't be still and every time we get a text message, we think it's a team calling," Tandy said. "After he got drafted, I congratulated him. Then after I got drafted, he called me while I was on the phone with coach Schiano." - The Sports Xchange
04/30/12 - A closer look at the Buccaneers' picks: Round 6/174 - Keith Tandy, CB, 5-10, 200, West Virginia...A roommate of Goode's at West Virginia, Tandy had a knack for making big plays and is good in zone coverage reading the eyes of quarterbacks. - The Sports Xchange
01/04/12 - Scouting the West Virginia pass defense: WVU lived off the pass rush of DE Bruce Irvin, who found himself a marked man after having 14 sacks a year ago, and Julian Miller, who was injured for much of the year, playing with a high ankle sprain that slowed him. Irvin had 7.5 sacks this year and Miller had six. WVU also does a lot of blitzing, the rarely used 3-3-5 defense allowing them to come from almost anywhere with linebackers, safeties and occasionally cornerbacks. All-Big East CB Keith Tandy is the best defender, but the other corner, Brodrick Jenkins, came on late in the year, took Pat Miller's starting job and played. Miller, challenged by the demotion and used in the third-down package, had a huge interception return for a touchdown in the final regular-season game against South Florida. - The Sports Xchange