Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Rutgers reunion in Tampa Bay?
By Pat Yasinskas
BRADENTON, Fla. -- The NFL world doesn’t yet know a lot about Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano, so let’s turn to someone who does.
Let’s turn to Mohamed Sanu, who spent the past three seasons playing wide receiver for Schiano at Rutgers, for a scouting report.
"He helped my career tremendously," Mohamed Sanu said of Greg Schiano. "He always got the best out of me every day."
“They’re going to get a real resilient coach that never lets up on an opponent,’’ Sanu said Tuesday. “He’s just a tough coach. He’s going to want the best out of you every single day in practice and out on the field on Sundays. He’s very energetic. He’ll get up in your face. He’ll crack a joke here and there. But he’ll get on you if he needs to.’’
Sanu had 115 catches for 1,206 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior last season. After consulting with advisers about where he might land if he entered the 2012 NFL draft, Sanu decided to skip his final year of eligibility. Sanu wouldn’t say exactly what the advisers told him, but most draft gurus and publications are projecting him to go in the first two rounds.
Sanu has been working out at IMG Football Academy since January and will go to the scouting combine in Indianapolis next week. Sanu, who made his decision to pass up his senior year before Schiano left Rutgers said it’s ironic his college coach will be one of the NFL coaches watching him next week.
“He helped my career tremendously,’’ Sanu said. “He always got the best out of me every day. We had a very tight relationship, so he didn’t have to demand it out of me because he knew that I was going to give it all every day.’’
Schiano knows plenty about Sanu, which leads to an obvious question: Could the coach and player be reunited in the NFL? Anything is possible. Sanu could be available when Tampa Bay picks early in the second round and it’s not like the Bucs had stellar play at wide receiver last season.
“That would be awesome to be able to play for him again,’’ Sanu said. “He’s just a great coach and I just love being around him. But I can’t really control that. I just want the opportunity to get the chance just to go prove myself and play the game I love. We’ll see what happens.’’