Loggains Headed To Dallas Cowboys

FAYETTEVILLE -- In the past two years, Arkansas has had three players selected in the first round of the NFL Draft (Shawn Andrews, Ahmad Carroll and Matt Jones), five others pulled off the draft board and 11 more found their way to NFL training camps by inking free agent contracts.

That impressive list of former Razorbacks in the NFL grew a little longer last week.

Quarterback/holder Dowell Loggains was hired by the Dallas Cowboys to work on coach Bill Parcells' staff as a personnel assistant. The Abilene, Texas native, who finished his eligibility at Arkansas last season and worked as a volunteer coach in the spring, is scheduled to report to Dallas on June 27.

"I feel blessed to have this opportunity," Loggains said. "It will be tough just because my time here at Arkansas has been so much fun and working with (Arkansas) coach (Houston) Nutt and the staff has been a blessing. This couldn't have happened without coach Nutt and those guys, the situation they put me in.

"I'm excited about it and looking forward to a new challenge."

Loggains became a well-known Razorback largely because of his small stature, which, at 5-foot-5, 165 pounds, was uncommon among Southeastern Conference quarterbacks. The former walk-on completed just 1 of 1 career passes for 11 yards, but saw action in 50 career games as the holder on extra points and field goals.

In addition, he signaled offensive plays into Arkansas' quarterbacks the past two seasons and was regarded as a coach in pads. In fact, the first sentence in his bio in the 2004 media guide describes Loggains as "a future coaching prospect."

The Cowboys saw that potential in Loggains, giving him a full-time job. He'll reunite with former Arkansas and current Dallas assistants David Lee and Kacy Rodgers.

Loggains isn't sure what his job with the player personnel department will entail, but believes he'll dabble in a "little of everything" for a franchise owned by another former Razorback Jerry Jones.

"It still hasn't set in," Loggains said. "I feel like I'm kind of playing out of my league a little right now and just kind of feel like I fell into something. But sometimes you get lucky and you get a break here and there.

"That's how it starts. You've just got to find a spot to get your foot in the door."

Loggains turned down two offers to become a graduate assistant last season, opting to remain at Arkansas after being awarded a sixth year of eligibility. His playing career ended in December and Loggains turned down another GA job -- this time at an SEC school -- in hopes of earning a spot as a GA at Arkansas.

Loggains said he maintained contact with the Cowboys throughout Arkansas' spring practices, but didn't think he had a realistic shot of being hired. Shortly after Loggains was informed he wouldn't get one of the two GA positions at Arkansas next season, he was offered the Dallas job.

"It's been a slow process and in the back of my mind, I kept thinking, well, do you really have a shot at this? You've got to be realistic," Loggains said. "Then, (the Arkansas GA position was) a situation that it just didn't work out like we thought it would. So I was fortunate that this spot opened up.

"I don't think it's hard to see that a full-time position in the NFL is actually a step up from being a GA."

Tube Time

CBS Sports announced last week it will televise next season's Arkansas-LSU game, which has been slated for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff on Friday, Nov. 25. This week, the network also set aside three more Arkansas games -- against Alabama (Sept. 24), Auburn (Oct. 15) and South Carolina (Nov. 5) -- for tentative broadcast plans.

The network hasn't committed to broadcast any of the three games next season and isn't expected to make any decisions until the season begins. But CBS did tag three other Arkansas as potentials for television and must make its broadcast decisions 12 days before kickoff.

For now, two Arkansas games will be televised. LSU and its Sept. 17 date against defending national champion Southern Cal (Fox Sports Net at 9:30 p.m.).

Roasted Nutt

Arkansas coach Houston Nutt will endure some good-natured ribbing on July 19 when he is the honoree at the 31st annual Toast and Roast at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. Arkansas State basketball coach Dickey Nutt, Craig O'Neill, Paul Eels and David Bazzel will have some fun at Nutt's expense during the event, which will benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Arkansas.

Tickets are on sale for the event, which begins with a reception at 6 p.m. and is followed by dinner and the program at 7.

For more information, contact Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Arkansas at 501-374-6661.

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