Cowboys Workout RB

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Sure, it's easy to make the case that the Dallas Cowboys are set at running back with the lethal combination of Julius Jones and Marion Barber.

Both running backs performed well at times last year. Both are young. And both seem to have the respect of head coach Bill Parcells.

However, the team is continuing to scout running backs available for the 2006 NFL Draft. Today, TheRanchReport.com first reports of another running back recently given a private workout by the Cowboys in former Utah running back Quinton Ganther.

Ganther was an All-Conference selection as a senior, recording 205 carries for 1,120 yards and seven touchdowns.

He's also a versatile back with excellent hands. Adding to his rushing total mentioned above, Ganther brought in 25 catches for another 314 yards and a touchdown during his final year with the Utes.

Scout.com currently ranks Ganther as the No. 14 overall running available in this year's draft. Most experts have him penciled in somewhere between the fourth and fifth rounds.

Ganther is one of four running backs confirmed by TheRanchReport.com that has seen significant interest from the Dallas Cowboys. For a complete list of all draft prospects who had private workouts, visits, or extensive interviews by Dallas, please check out TheRanchReport.com Premium Message Board.



Full Name: Quinton Ganther School: Utah Pos: RB

Ht: 5-9.5 Wt: 218 40: 4.56 Year: 4Sr

Bio: All-Conference selection as a senior after totaling 205/1,120/7 on the ground and adding 25/314/1 as a pass catcher. Posted 654 yards rushing in two starts as a junior.

Pos: Strong, multi-purpose back who overcame a difficult childhood to get where he is today. Aggressive and gives effort in every facet of the game. Follows blocks, has a burst through the hole and breaks several tackles during a single run. Solid receiver with consistent hands. Removes defenders from the play as a blocker.

Neg: More of a straight-line back who has difficulty around the corners. Safety valve as a receiver rather than a true downfield threat.

Analysis: One of the more underrated ball-handlers in the draft, Ganther is a competitive ballplayer with multi-dimensional skills. Solid prospect that could develop into a number three runner with the right team.

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