Dantzler on Defense?

Former Clemson quarterback Woodrow Dantzler was told earlier this week that he would have to do more than just star as a kick returner in 2003 if he was going to make the Dallas Cowboys' roster.

Former Clemson quarterback Woodrow Dantzler was told earlier this week that he would have to do more than just star as a kick returner in 2003.

Saturday afternoon he found out just what's in store for him- a move to free safety.

After taking snaps as a quarterback during the first day of minicamp late last week, head coach Bill Parcells decided to give Dantzler a chance on defense.

The Cowboys signed free-agent quarterback Tony Romo, the Division I-AA player of the year at Eastern Illinois, to be their fourth quarterback and compete with reserve Clint Stoerner for a roster spot, so Dantzler had to find another position.

"I walked in here and saw a blue jersey hanging in my locker," said Dantzler. "I thought they had made a mistake."

Dantzler scored a touchdown one of the most electrifying plays of the season last year on a 84-yard kickoff return for the Cowboys. After catching the ball on the16-yard line, he cut to the middle of the field, weaved through traffic, broke a couple of tackles, and danced up the sideline for the score.

"A lot of people come out for the knockout hit," Dantzler said after the score. "I'm one of those guys that you're going to have to wrap me up. If you hit me, I'm just going to bounce off. I don't feel like I can be tackled. You can't just knock me to the ground. I take pride in that."

Despite his impressive performance on special teams in 2002, new head coach Bill Parcells has indicated that he expects much more from Dantzler then just being a kick return specialist.

The former Clemson star was the first quarterback in Division I-A football to rush for 1,000 and pass for 2,000 yards in one season back in 2001. He was then signed to the Cowboys' practice squad as an undrafted free agent.

He spent most of the year there, but was activated for the last 4 games of the season where he saw the field mostly as a kick returner.

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