Sunday, October 23, 2016

Catching up with Keith Tandy of the Tampa Bay Bucs

Keith Tandy gets congratulated after intercepting two passes vs Miami. -

Keith Tandy gets congratulated after intercepting two passes vs Miami. –

After Keith Tandy’s trip to Honduras to visit U.S. Troops during Super Bowl 50, we had an opportunity to catch up with Mountaineer and current Buccaneer safety, Keith Tandy and ask him about his days at WVU, in the NFL, and more.

Tandy played for the Mountaineers from 2008 until 2011. He finished his WVU career with 13 interceptions, and 183 total tackles. In 2010, Tandy led the Big East in interceptions with six.

In high school, Tandy was a multi-sport star. He holds almost every school passing record at Christian County (Kentucky) with career totals of 8,609 yards and 90 touchdowns.  His school records include 32 touchdowns in a season, 528 yards and eight scores in a game.

At WVU, he switched to the other side of the ball, and his knowledge of what goes through a quarterback’s head helped with that transition.

“Being a former QB allows me to understand what the QB that I’m facing are thinking and reading,” said Tandy. “It allows me to play a little faster and have better anticipation.

Tandy had many memorable experiences while at WVU. “It’s hard to pick one [favorite experience]. The overall experience from the fans to my teammates and to campus was unbelievable. I can’t choose one but the series of events my senior year (2011) is near the top,” says Tandy.

“We needed like ten thing to happen to make it to the Orange Bowl and they all happened. We had come from behind wins vs Rutgers, Cincinnati, Pitt, and USF to end the season” he said.

The Mountaineers went on in the bowl season to face Clemson in the Discover Orange Bowl winning 70-33.

In 2011, once his senior year was finished, Tandy entered the NFL draft and was selected by the Buccaneers in the 6th Round of the NFL Draft.

“The NFL Draft experience was exciting, exhausting, stressful and a grind,” Tandy said. “I didn’t get invited to the combine so I used that as motivation throughout my workouts, then at Pro Day I even surprised myself with my numbers.”

As the draft progressed into its later rounds, Tandy started to have doubts about getting selected. “The actual draft was stressful sitting around the TV waiting for my name to be called,” he said. “After a couple of rounds you start having second thoughts and trying to figure out where can I get a job because football isn’t working out, but then when your name finally gets called, you feel like you’re on top of the world.”

Tandy just completed his fourth season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “Tampa has been a great time,” he said. “Of course, it’s rough when you’re losing as much as we have the last couple of years but I see so many people come and go every year I realize it’s just a blessing to make it four years.”

When the free-agency period begins this offseason, Tandy will be one of the players looking for that second NFL contract.  “This is my first time experiencing free-agency so I’m just doing what I always do.”

In his time away from the football field, Tandy likes to do his part to give back to the community. Recently Tandy got to visit Honduras and visit the troops stationed there.

“The Honduras trip was amazing. Who would have ever thought a little country kid from Hopkinsville, KY would be in Honduras boosting the morale of troops. It was a great way for me to reflect on where I’ve come from and also where I want to go.”

If you would like to read more on Tandy’s Honduras trip, you can read our article here.



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