Players In New Positions Strike A Blow

You can always tell more when the pads go on and they did this spring for the first time on Sunday, March 6. The Cowboys went through a near three hour workout that still featured a lot of teaching but added the contact. The best way to report this is probably just taking individuals that stood out during the practice that included inside work, seven on seven, and some full speed team work.

Calvin Roberts is a player to watch, and one that the coaching staff will have to find a way for him to get on the field. He is 6-1, 213 pounds and ran a 4.42 at the end of off season workouts. He stood out the first day in pads playing tailback and making some nice runs. He runs tough inside and on several plays was able to get loose on the outside and really go.  

      Donovan Woods still was taking the first reps at quarterback and finished the first weekend of the spring as the most accurate of the quarterbacks throwing the ball. Woods was right on in drills featuring slants and out routes. He also hooked up on a long connection on a down out and down with his older brother D'Juan Woods, but give D'Juan big credit on the play as he went up and took the ball away from the defender.  

        The offensive line was thinned out with only 10 players suited up for practice, but guards Doug Bond and Sam Mayes had solid performances. Bond has really come on and it is easy to tell that Mayes is the veteran of the group. Both came in for plenty of positive comments from offensive line coach Chuck Moller. Another offensive lineman to mention is David Koenig, the younger Koenig still needs to put on some more weight, but he is very good with his hands and had some good blocks. Meanwhile the tackles and backups found some new additions on the defensive line that they had problems with. Maurice Cummings at defensive end is making rapid improvement and was better in the scrimmage situations and successful more times than not in one on one drills.  

        A new addition on defense that you won't likely see returning soon is Tremayne Standberry. The former tight end out of Lewisville may have found a permanent home at defensive end. In one on one work he showed several impressive moves and great speed in coming off the edge on pass rush. Projected starter Jerry Don Bray simply overwelmed his opponent on several reps in the pass rush drill. Bray has got a chance to be really good. Darnell Smith has moved inside to work some at defensive tackle. He is a little light, but has great quickness for a defensive tackle.  

        The defense was the big winner in scrimmage work, and that is usually the case this early in spring as defense typically comes together faster than offense. Roberts had a couple of nice runs for the offense and there were several completions, but highlights included a big hit by safety Vernon Grant that drew ooohs and aaaahs from his teammates and the crowd. Paul Duren came up with a hit, strip, and fumble recovery and Brad Girtman broke lose for a four-yard tackle for loss in the backfield.

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