Sam Wren, DE
6-2, 255, Jr.
Palestine, Texas/Arizona Western C.C., Ariz.
You know it really is appropriate that Sam Wren is from Palestine. I know that is Texas and not the place in the Holy Land but Wren's father is a preacher and Sam is a very devout individual who leaned on inspiration from the Lord while battling home sickness and boredom at Arizona Western.
I know the Westerns on the big screen make Yuma sound exciting, but the 310 to Yuma was really about the most exciting time of day in the desert town. Fortunately, for Mike Gundy, Glenn Spencer, Joe Bob Clements and the Cowboys, Wren dealt with the slow times by lifting weights and studying.
Then in the spring, after needing a few weeks to acclimate and gain some confidence, the 6-2, 255-pound Wren began getting off blocks and making plays, making a lot of plays.
Wren improved so much that a normally reserved during practice Mike Gundy began grabbing anyone close by to brag and point at Wren during his breakout two weeks at the end of spring drills.
Not exceptionally tall, Wren is cat quick for his size and he can get to the quarterback quick. He often can sidestep and juke an offensive tackle to get a mostly clean takeoff from the line of scrimmage. When he gets to his target, ball carrier or quarterback, he is capable of making them feel his presence.
Wren has had a good summer and is on track to help solidify a position that wasn't as productive as need be last season and is still clouded by the uncertainty of veteran Tyler Johnson coming off an injury and subsequent surgery and a lot of youth.
Cowboys fans need to be hoping that Wren works out just as well as last season's key junior college transfer in defensive tackle Calvin Barnett. In attitude the two players are similar, and if Wren can match Barnett on the field in contributions then the Cowboys defensive cup will runneth over.