No Surprise: Barber's Success

Cowboys head coach says strong college coaching paved the way for rookie running back.

It may be a surprise to some people to see rookie running back Marion Barber rush for 222 yards the last two weeks, including 127 yards Sunday against the Cardinals.

But don't tell that to Cowboys coach Bill Parcells.

Parcells credits Barber's college training and his pedigree as the son of an NFL player, calling him one of the most ready-to-play rookies he's ever had at running back.

"As much as any player our expectations for that player coming here were pretty high," Parcells said. "I know his college coach well. I know he is well-prepared player. Plus his experience of having pro football in his family was another thing that kind of made me think this kid will be down the road further than the average rookie.

"And really he is. It just took a little while to get it all going. Fundamentally he was a very good player. He does everything required of the position. Now, he is not perfect. But there are a lot of kids who don't know how to do what he knows how to do. That is a credit to Glenn Mason and his coaching staff and whatever else his dad might have been able to relate to him."

Barber, who was drafted in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft out of Minnesota, is expected to to continue to see a significant role in the Cowboys offense, even with the return of starting running back Julius Jones.

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