LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Touchdown Club of Columbus has honored a pair of Jayhawks with their end of the season awards. Junior cornerback Aqib Talib received the Jack Tatum Award, for the best defensive back in college football, while KU head coach Mark Mangino was selected as the Woody Hayes Award winner as the best coach in college football.
Talib, a junior from Richardson, Texas, intercepted four passes in 2007, returning one 100 yards for a touchdown. He has recorded 61 tackles and 13 passes defended this season to help the KU defense rank fourth in the nation in scoring defense and 14th in total defense.
Mangino, in his sixth season at Kansas, led the Jayhawks to the first BCS Bowl berth in school history and a No. 2 ranking in the Bowl Championship Series standings during the season. KU set the school record with 11 victories in 2007 and became the first Jayhawk team to reach the FedEx Orange Bowl since 1969.
Both Mangino and Talib will be honored at the 53rd annual Touchdown Club of Columbus Awards Banquet on Feb. 9, 2008.
The eighth-ranked Jayhawks (11-1) will play No. 3 Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on FOX.