Continuing a trend documented by TheRanchReport.com in recent years, the Dallas Cowboys continue to interview defensive linemen at the 2007 NFL Combine.
Daniel Bazuin, a former standout defensive end at Central Michigan is another player the Cowboys have shown significant interest in recent days, TheRanchReport.com has learned.
Bazuin, who was a three-time all-MAC selection and an academic All-American during his senior season with the Chippewas has spoken the Cowboys on several occasions in the past few days.
Bazuin is currently the No. 15 overall defensive end available in this year's draft according to scout.com.
Bazuin, a 2006 preseason All-American, is a three-time first team all-conference selection. He holds CMU career records for tackles for loss (60) and sacks (33) and single season records for tackles for loss (26.5) and sacks (16). His 16 sacks in 2005 tied what was then a MAC single-season record. He ranks eighth in MAC history in tackles for loss and fourth in sacks. His eight sacks in 2006 are tied for the third-most in a season at CMU, and his four forced fumbles are currently the second-most in Division I-A.
He finished his senior season by recording 67 total tackles, including 15 for loss and 10.5 sacks.
TheRanchReport.com will have extensive reports on many of the top prospects interviewed by the Dallas Cowboys at the NFL Combine, including Bazuin, in the coming days and weeks.
2005: Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year … honorable mention All-America selection by SI.com … CollegeFootballNews.com MAC Defensive Player of the Year … Academic All-MAC selection … ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV first team honoree … member of the Nagurski Trophy and Lombardi Award preseason watch lists … led the nation in tackles for loss (26.5) and ranked second in sacks (16) … 16 sacks tied a MAC single-season record … set school records for tackles for loss and sacks … recorded at least one sack in eight different games and had at least two sacks in five contests … named MAC West Defensive Player of the Week twice.
2004: First team All-MAC and Academic All-MAC selection … started all 11 games … posted 20 solo and 30 assisted tackles for 50 total stops … tied for second on the team in tackles for loss with eight for 46 yards … had three QB sacks for minus 20 yards … led the team with four blocked kicks … had one pass breakup and one fumble recovery.
2003: Named second team Freshman All-America by The Sporting News … started all 12 games as a redshirt freshman … led the team in tackles for a loss with 14 for 53 yards and tied for the team lead with six QB sacks for minus 37 yards … finished fifth on the team in tackles with 70, including 38 solo.