Cowboys Coach Conducts Private Workout

With three solid running backs on the 2006 roster, the Dallas Cowboys are still exploring the possibility of bringing more competition at the position this off-season.

Recently, the Dallas Cowboys held a private workout with Fresno State RB Wendell Mathis, has learned.

As an All-conference performer during his senior season, Mathis is an excellent pass-catcher with great vision and decent speed.

During his senior season with the Bulldogs, he rushed 248 times for 1,313 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also added 19 receptions for 156 yards and another score through the air.

Mathis, who worked out for Cowboys running backs coach Anthony Lynn, is currently projected as a late-round draft pick.

The Cowboys signed two former Bulldogs as undrafted free agents after last year's draft, including K Brett Visintainer and DE Claude Sanders. Neither player made the 53-man regular season roster.

Mathis, who orginally signed with UCLA out of high school before transfering to Fresno, is projected by most experts to be a late round draft pick, but he could also be a free agent possibility. currently ranks Mathis as the No. 22 overall running back available in the 2006 NFL Draft.

Full Name: Wendell Mathis School: Fresno State

Ht: 5-11.5 Wt: 210 40: 4.53 Year: 5Sr

Bio: All-Conference selection as a senior totaling 248/1,313/15 on the ground and 19/156/1 as a pass catcher. Junior totals included 995 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns when he started two of 12 games. Began his college career at UCLA.

Pos: Quick, explosive back with a developing game. Sets up blocks, finds the cutback lanes and quickly gets through the open seams on the field. Displayed improved patience as a senior.

Neg: Does not run with great pad level, balance or strength. Lacks creativity and the ability to gain yardage when nothing's available.

Analysis: Consistently improving, Mathis is a solid late-round choice who could develop into a third back on an NFL roster.

Fresno State: Transferred to Fresno State from UCLA during the 2003 season and was a huge boost to the Fresno State rushing attack last year ... finished just five yards shy of 1,000 on the year ... really came on when starting RB Dwayne Wright went down with a season-ending knee injury in the second game of the year ... an explosive runner who hits holes very quickly ... combined with Bryson Sumlin to form one of the best two-headed rushing attacks in the nation ... with the return of Wright this year, the Mathis-Sumlin-Wright threesome at running back should make the Bulldogs' ground attack one of the best in the nation.

2004: Played in 11 games, starting two ... rushed for 995 yards and 12 touchdowns ... ranked 36th nationally in rushing yards ... had six 100-yard rushing games, including a 126-yard performance in the bowl win over Virginia ... he eclipsed the 100-yard barrier in the last four contests ... scored eight TDs in the last four regular season games ... scored a touchdown in seven of the 11 games he played ... his best statistical game of the year came against Louisiana Tech when he had a career-high 191 yards on 28 carries ... finished fifth in the WAC in rushing yardage ... teamed with Bryson Sumlin to form one of only two duos to rank in the top 50 nationally in rushing yards ... led the WAC in average yards per carry (6.6). (2003) Sat out in accordance with NCAA transfer rules.

UCLA: (2002) Saw action in nine games ... gained 50 yards on 18 carries for the season ... also appeared on the kickoff and punt return units of special teams ... had four carries for 14 yards in the season opener against Colorado State ... had two carries for seven yards against Oklahoma State ... had eight attempts for 22 yards in the game at San Diego State ... had one attempt for a yard at Oregon State ... carried the ball three times for six yards at Arizona. (2001) Did not see action in his first year in the program.

High School: Earned three letters in football at Merced High ... PrepStar All-American (No. 7 running back in West) ... SuperPrep All-Far West/California (No. 52 prospect) ... all-state honorable mention (Cal-Hi Sports) ... Las Vegas Sun Super 11 honorable mention ... as a senior running back, he rushed for 2,026 yards and 26 touchdowns on 227 attempts, averaging 8.9 yards per carry ... also made 11 receptions for 189 yards and three scores ... returned one punt for a 57-yard touchdown and one kickoff for a 91-yard score ... had one passing touchdown ... set single-season and single-game (288 yards) school rushing records ... selected his league's Offensive Back of the Year ... also selected All-Regional and All-League ... as a junior, he rushed for 1,466 yards, caught 16 passes for 308 yards and scored 23 touchdowns overall ... also played basketball and ran track ... named first-team all-league in basketball at the point guard position as both a junior and senior ... earned honorable mention as a sophomore ... as a senior, averaged 13.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists ... averaged 9.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game as a junior ... served as captain of the basketball and football teams as a senior ... named team MVP of both sports as a senior ... in track, he had a best of 10.47 in the 100 meters as a senior and 10.73 as a junior.

Personal: Born Sept. 28, 1983 ... parents' names are Wendell Mathis and Deana Deen ... has three brothers, Michael, Dion and Stephon, and one sister, Reva ... lists his biggest athletics thrill as a last-second dunk in a game against Turlock High which helped clinch his coach's 400th career win ... says the athlete he most admires is Gary Payton ... the cousin of Merced native and former UCLA basketball star Gerald Madkins.

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