""It's a pretty big deal to not have any bills come in. Those guys have worked hard in our program. Tyler has been on the field for us more that Nick. Nick has been with us for several years and has been a great contributor in practice for us. Each guy that's a part of our team has an impact on our success. Some of them don't play as much on Saturday as others, but we can't do it without all of them. Nick is a guy that has worked really hard and has earned the right to be put on aid."
Johnson started out using his deal from pro baseball with the Angels to pay his school bills, but going on scholarship will save him that money. Both Johnson and Rockwell have earned it off the field as well as they are good students deserving a reward.
The snappers will be Andrew Suter on punts and Connor Sinko on PAT/field goals. Wes Harlan will hold. Justin Gilbert will be the lead return specialist with several other prospects working at it.
The Cowboys also have a graduate assistant in Ty Linder that is doing a lot of the organization and work on special teams. "Ty is doing a lot of our special teams," said Gundy. "He's not necessarily the special teams coordinator, but he's working on several of our units."
Linder was serving in a similar capacity last season at Texas Tech.
"There's always similarities between certain teams when they have new quarterbacks," said Gundy. "When your quarterback is new, I think everybody feels the same way. With Wes Lunt being out there and being inexperienced, parts of our football team are similar to that season."
So what about expectations? "I think that happens every year except for when you're preseason top 10 or top 20," added Gundy. "Then, people kind of have certain expectations for what you should accomplish. Every other year is just about the same."