The breakout star of the 2011 NFL season? Could be Houston Texans linebacker Connor Barwin, who has already registered a career high in tackles and sacks in his third year in the league. A former second round pick, Barwin joined Shutdown Corner for a "nickel's worth" of questions.
Q: Two weeks ago in Jacksonville, you suddenly had four sacks against the Jaguars — a career high. Where did that come from and did you feel like you were in the zone that day?
CB: I had been paying well, been getting more comfortable in the linebacker position. I had a tackle for a loss early in the game, and that started things well. I guess you can say I was sort of in the zone that day. After I got the first and second sacks, I said 'Man this is just special day.'
In the weeks leading up to that, I had been playing well and I was growing in confidence. It just came together nicely on that day. It was special, something I hope to carry into the rest of the games this season.
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