As the son of a former NFL player, and the teammate of numerous Texas Longhorns who went on to the NFL, DE Kalen Thornton knew that playing at the highest level was nothing like college.
Sure, playing college football in Austin is big. He was on a team full
of high school All-America players, he played his home games in an
enormous stadium, his team was in one of the best conferences in the
nation and expectations for the Horns were high every year.
But although he'd never admit it, there were those games that basically
were decided before the Horns got off the bus. Not that he expected it,
but there is no Baylor or North Texas on his schedule this year.
Thornton, who made the team as an undrafted walk-on out of UT over the
summer, is still in the learning process. He is a spot player who comes
in during some situations when it's clear a pass rush is needed. He has
caught the eye of head coach Bill Parcells, but knows that every
opponent he faces will be tough.
"That's the thing about playing in the NFL," Thornton said. "EVERY
offensive line is outstanding -- every one of them. They're all big,
they're all strong. That's the biggest difference between this and
"In college, if you beat your man with your first move, you're pretty
much there (to the quarterback). When you get here, though, there's
always someone else there to chip you -- a running back, a tight end …
the lines are bigger and better here, and even if you get by one guy,
there's always someone else there to pick you up."
Going Back to School
CowboysHQ Top Stories
On Eve Of Cowboys OTAs, Witten's 'All In'Jason Witten talks of a commitment to make his community better, a commitment to making the Dallas Cowboys' present chances of competing for a Super Bowl better, and a commitment…
Cowboys 1st+10: Dallas and Kaepernick? NoIn this edition of Dallas Cowboys 1st and 10, we wrap up the week with some Colin Kaepernick talk, and why the Cowboys likely aren't interested in him.
CowboysHQYesterday at 6:43 AM
'Cowboys Fit': Off To The Rooftop Pool!The Dallas Cowboys this week unveiled “Cowboys Fit,’’ a fitness center at The Star in Frisco that’s open to the public. Let’s go inside … and then let’s go upstairs to the roof-top…
CowboysHQFriday at 2:48 AM
All Cowboys Zeke Elliott Wants After 4? More!All Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott Wants After '4'? 'More'
CowboysHQWednesday at 8:38 AM