Cowboys Fan Club Spotlight: Las Vegas Dallas Cowboys Family

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Club Name: Las Vegas Dallas Cowboys Family
Your Name: President Daniel Gomez, Vice President Darryl Gariglio, Treasurer Monique Gomez, Secretary Kathy Freeman, Public Relations Greg Freeman
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Website or Contact Info: lasvegasdallascowboysfamily@weebly.com
Greg Freeman,  Public Relations 702-910-1776

1. What encouraged you to start your Dallas Cowboys Fan Club?
One of the most important things we feel is that, loving the Dallas Cowboys should be a family thing. The places we use to go to watch the Boys play never allowed kids (usually at bars), so we said lets start a club and have it somewhere that’s kid friendly. That’s why we chose Las Vegas Dallas Cowboys Family as our name. Las Vegas; the city we love, Dallas Cowboys; our favorite team, and Family; because that’s what it’s all about, FAMILY. You would be surprise how many die hard Cowboy fans are in Las Vegas.

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2. Tell us what it’s like at one of your club meetings or watch parties?
Yelling, screaming, partying, cheering, and sometimes some boos, but mostly a lot of fun. Our giveaways are awesome. We have some of the best members around, diverse crowd of die hard fun loving devoted Dallas Cowboy fans. We love our members, they’re the ones who make this fun. Packed crowd, terrific atmosphere, high-fiving, club handshake, TD flag run, our after game cheer. From whistle to whistle nothing but a party.

3. How can an interested fan join your club or learn more about you?
Contact any member or admin directly or visit or FB/TWITTER/MEETUP

4. Do you get to go to any games during the pre-season / regular season?
Because we are in Vegas we don’t get a chance for the Boys to come here with no pro team. So, any chance we get to go see them we’re there. Oxnard training camp, any games in San Diego or AZ. Plus our annual pilgrimage to AT&T Stadium for the Thanksgiving game. This year we will be putting several travel packages together.

5. What is your most memorable Dallas Cowboy moment?
Recently it was Witten making the play without his helmet; classic would be anything with the Triplets.

6. What are your closing thoughts on the 2013 season and what are your expectations for the 2014 season?
Disappointment we finished 8-8, we’re a better team than that. Hoping with the revisions that we made we can finish strong this year and take it all the way.

7. Who are your favorite players, past or present?
Roger Staubach, Randy White, Michael Irvin, Dez Bryant, Cole Beasely

8. Do you have a Facebook page and a Twitter account you wish to share with our readers?
www.facebook.com/groups/lasvegasdallascowboysfamily/
twitter.com/LVDCF

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9. Is there anything you would like to add?
Our club is the best around, not because what we do at our events but because of our members. They’re the ones that make this fun. This year we will be more then a club we will be putting in time with our community for charities and fundraisers, and we currently became a non-profit organization. We love our city and our goal is to stand out and prove that the LVDCF is better then any other team fan club here.

If you have a Dallas Cowboys fan club and would like to be featured on our website,  feel free to fill out our Fan Club Questionnaire here or for more information please contact us.

Lone Star Struck joins Google Sports Network

I just wanted to share with our fans some pretty cool news.  First, it’s not everyday you get an email from a Google employee about a pretty awesome opportunity.  Google contacted us in regards to a recent partnership with the NFL to engage fans even better than before.  They created the Google Sports Network so that Google can reach out to sites like us for opinions and other fan-related stuff.  Right now, we are the ONLY FANSITE that represents the Dallas Cowboys within the Google Sports Network.  From the discussions I’ve had with Google, we were essentially hand-picked.

Like I said, you don’t get an email from Google and pass up an opportunity like this.  What we will be doing is beefing up our Google+ (Google Plus) usage and eventually will be starting a Google Plus hangouts as well.  If you are already on Google Plus and have us added to your circles, great.  Share us with your friends!  If you haven’t added us yet or haven’t checked out Google Plus, you definitely should.

Click on the G+ Icon in the top-right area of our page!

New to the Silver and Blue: Brandon Carr

When the Cowboys picked up free agent, corner-back, Brandon Carr, I knew nothing about him.  When they signed him to a 5 year, $50.1 million contract, I was shocked to say the least. After letting Newman go, we knew he would fill his spot on the roster. I was wondering if he would be able to. So far his preseason I’ve been extremely impressed with his talent. He seems to be fitting right in to the defense.

I also liked his comments on the Dallas Cowboy organization soon after signing. “From the moment they came and got me, to the moment I got to the stadium, it was just red-carpet treatment,” Carr said. “They showed me they wanted me. They were genuine with their words. That played a part in the process and my decision-making. The stadium is phenomenal-the best in the world. I’m excited to get in the uniform, get in the stadium and get to work.” Carr also said  he was ecstatic after signing his contract. “It’s been a long, long time, and I’ve been waiting for the opportunity.” Carr said, “To not only secure myself financially, but also to elevate my game to be at the highest level, which is the Dallas Cowboys. Now it’s time to turn my game up another notch.”  I think the work effort he put in at camp and his efforts in this pre-season so far proves he meant his words.

Carr was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round in the 2008 draft. On the final play of the chiefs 2011 season, Carr intercepted a Tim Tebow pass, not a bad way to end your season and career in KC.

John L. Carr and Kathy Robinson Carr brought Brandon Carey Carr into this world May, 19th 1986 in Flint, Michigan.  He attended Grand Valley State starting 41 of his 49 games. He helped the Lakers win back-to-back NCAA Division II national championships.  Brandon also received the Defensive Back of the Year honor by the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference his senior year.

I think Brandon will improve the Dallas Cowboy defense and will be a stand out player for us for years to come. Newman was a solid player for many years. I hope Brandon Carr can be as large part of the team as Newman.

What do you think of Carr so far in this pre-season?

Harvey Martin needs to be the next player into the Cowboys Ring of Honor

I’m not sure how Jerry Jones decides on who goes into the Cowboys Ring of Honor, but the fact that Harvey Martin hasn’t been enshrined yet is a huge disloyalty to him. Martin is the best defensive end in Cowboys history and deserves to have his name displayed in Cowboys Stadium with the other great players.

Harvey Martin was drafted by the Cowboys in the third round of the 1973 draft out of East Texas State. Martin became a full time starter at defensive end in 1975 and became one of the most feared players in the NFL. Playing besides players like Randy White, Jethro Pugh and Ed (Too Tall) Jones they formed one of the best defensive units in the league.

Although the NFL didn’t start keeping track of player sacks until 1982, the Cowboys have their own record books and show Harvey Martin having a total of 114 sacks in his eleven seasons with the Cowboys. Martin is still the Cowboys sack leader, but DeMarcus Ware is closing in fast with 99.5 sacks going into the 2012 season. Martin was the Cowboys sack leader for seven of his eleven seasons with his career high coming in 1977 when he recorded 23 sacks in only 14 games.

In his rookie season of 1973 he only played on passing downs as a pass rushing specialist. Even in his limited playing time he still led the Cowboys with nine sacks. After his record 23 sacks in 1977, he followed that with 16 sacks in 1978, 10 in 1979, 12 in 1980, 10 in 1981, 8 in the strike shortened 1982 season and he finished his career with only 2 in 1983.

Some of the honors Harvey Martin received in his career were four Pro Bowl selections in 1976-79. He was a first team All-Pro selection on 1977, as well as second team All-Pro selection in 1976, 1979 and 1982. In 1977, which was his best season with the Cowboys he was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Martin was also selected to the NFL 1970’s All Decade Team.

In Super Bowl XII, Martin along with Randy White and Ed (Too Tall) Jones dominated the Broncos and harassed both Craig Morton and Norris Weese all game. Martin had two of the Cowboys four sacks in the game to go along with constant defensive pressure. For his efforts Martin was named the game’s Co-MVP along with Randy White as the Cowboys beat the Broncos 27-10 to earn the teams second Super Bowl Championship.

Twenty nine years have passed since Martin retired in 1983. That is too many years to wait to see Harvey Martin’s name in the Cowboys Ring of Honor. Unfortunately if the time ever comes that Martin is put into the Ring of Honor, he won’t be able to enjoy his enshrinement. Martin passed away on December 24, 2001at the young age of 51. By his side when he died was best friend and teammate Drew Pearson.

As I’ve said before, I don’t know how Jerry Jones determines who goes into the Cowboys Ring of Honor, but I think he needs to give special consideration to making Harvey Martin a member. No disrespect to Larry Allen and Charles Haley, but I don’t think they should have even been a thought for the Ring of Honor before Martin. Although Martin is no longer with us he deserves to be honored by the Cowboys organization, an honor that is well past due for a player who gave so much to the Cowboys. I hope that Jerry Jones does the right thing and make Harvey Martin the next player that goes into the Cowboys Ring of Honor.

Victor Butler: A rising star in Dallas

When it came time for the Cowboys to make their selection in the 4th round of the 2009 NFL Draft they choose defensive end Victor Butler out of Oregon State. Thoughts were to convert Victor Butler to outside linebacker in the Cowboys 3-4 defense. Three years after being drafted Butler has made a successful transition to outside linebacker and also contributes to the Cowboys special teams.

Victor Butler was born on July 29, 1987 in Rialto, CA. His father Sylvester, a truck driver and mother Janis, a social worker had their hands full with eight children. Victor is the fourth child out of the eight. He attended Eisenhower High School where he was a three-year letterman as a receiver, safety, defensive end and kick returner. He played defensive end only as a senior due to team needs and was two-time all-league and all-county as a senior. Butler graduated from Eisenhower high school with a 3.50 cumulative GPA and was a regular on the school’s honor roll.

After high school Victor Butler attended Oregon State. As a junior in 2007 Butler compiled 10.5 sacks for the Beavers at defensive end.  In his senior season of 2008 he totaled 12 sacks. He earned MVP honors in the Sun Bowl as he registered four sacks and 11 tackles, which included five tackles for a loss and a forced fumble as Oregon State defeated 18th ranked Pittsburgh.

In Victor Butler’s collegiate career at Oregon State he totaled 26 sacks and 110 tackles, which included 39.5 tackles for losses.

While playing outside linebacker for the Cowboys as a rookie in 2009 Victor Butler registered his first career pro sacks. In a game against the Carolina Panthers he took down quarterback Jake Delhomme twice as the Cowboys beat the Panthers 21-7. On Butler’s second sack of Delhomme he also forced his first career fumble. Butler finished 2009 with three sacks and 17 tackles. His three sacks were the most amongst Cowboys rookies in 2009 and also fifth most on the team. Butler played in all 16 games in 2009 while starting one for the Cowboys.

In 2010 Butler totaled 24 tackles and two sacks for the Cowboys while also forcing a fumble and pressuring the quarterback four times in his 15 games.

In 2011 Butler contributed 23 tackles and three sacks for the Cowboys in new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan’s defense. His first sack came in the Cowboys 18-16 victory over the Redskins in the Cowboys season home opener on Monday Night Football. His second sack came against the Redskins in their second matchup in Washington. It was Butler who sacked Rex Grossman in overtime on third down as the Redskins were in Cowboys territory. The sack forced the Redskins to attempt a 52 yard field, which of course they missed. His third sack came on Thanksgiving against the Dolphins on third down. The sack forced the Dolphins to attempt a field goal which they also missed. In the first meeting against the Giants it was Butler who tipped a pass by Eli Manning which resulted in an interception by Sean Lee late in the game.

I recently had the opportunity to ask Victor Butler a few questions and he was nice enough to take some time out of his busy schedule to answer them for me. 

– What were your thoughts when you were drafted by the Cowboys in 2009?

Victor Butler: I was so excited. I had been a Cowboys fan my whole life. I had a little kid Dallas Cowboys uniform from a Halloween contest I wore for a while. All Cowboys, Cowboys underwear, Cowboys socks, Cowboys boots, sleeping bag, toothbrush, Troy Aikman lunch pale, so I was excited to be on board with Cowboy Nation.

– Were you a Cowboys fan growing up?

Victor Butler: Oh yeah, I was a mega Cowboys fan. I played Cowboys and Indians and ate Troy Aikman Wheaties. Just everything Cowboys.

– What kind of feeling is it wearing the star on your helmet?

Victor Butler: It’s a tremendous feeling of pride.

– Was it hard going from defensive end in college to linebacker in the NFL?

Victor Butler: It was very hard, but I worked very hard to make it look easy.

– Who would you say has helped you the most in your three years with the Cowboys?

Victor Butler: Captain Planet, just really watching a lot of Captain Planet, ha I’m just joking. DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer taught me how to be pros and the whole different way of watching the game, watching the films, prioritizing my time, getting a schedule and sticking to it. Whether it’s a diet or what I’m doing from time after practice to when I go to sleep. And Bradie James too, really all the veteran linebackers.

– How is Rob Ryan’s defense different for you compared to Wade Phillips defense?

Victor Butler: Rob Ryan’s defense is a player friendly defense. Lot of moving around, lots of moving pieces, kinda incorporates everyone as far as if you’re a 1st round pick to a 4th round. If you can help the team and be a productive member on the field on defense then you will have a part in his defense. Makes everyone feel like they are part of something bigger.

– You have developed a large following among the Cowboys fans. How does it make you feel knowing so many fans are out there talking about you and wearing #57?

Victor Butler: Is great! Dallas is one of the most recognizable organizations after Manchester United and the NY Yankees, so to have a great following and a great group of fans follow you and respect what you do and like how you’re performing. It’s a great feeling.

– What are some of the things you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Victor Butler: Watch film, a lot of film, I like to be one step ahead of the opponent.  I also like cartoons and I’m a big movie buff.

 

My own thoughts about Victor Butler are that he needs to be a bigger part of the Cowboys defense. It seems as though every time he is on the field he is around the ball and is making something happen. I love his motor on the field and how he is always causing problems for the opposing team. The Cowboys defense can only benefit with Victor Butler becoming a bigger part of their game plans

I would like to thank Victor Butler for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions. I wish him continued success in the NFL as a Dallas Cowboy.

New to the Silver and Blue: Kevin Kowalski

If you are a Dallas Cowboy fan, you know that a lot of the most productive players current and past aren’t drafted, but undrafted free agents.

Another free agent added to the team this season is rookie center Kevin Kowalski.

Kevin is 6’2″ weighing in at 200 lbs. and playing behind center Phil Costa. Kevin has played in five games so far this season. His first snaps with Tony Romo was in a pre-season game against Minnesota, in which he handled himself amazing well since Tony had barely met him before Kevin learned he was going to play in that pre-season game.

Our offensive line coach said in a past interview ” He’s is a guy that’s always prepared, If there is anyone that’s going to come off the bench and do well it would be the guy that’s in there doing extra work and studying the tape. That’s exactly what Kevin is. Always prepared, always knows what to do.”

Kevin Kowalski, #60, was born in Macedonia, Ohio on January 2, 1989 and attended Nordonia High School where he was named to the first-team Division II All-Ohio team as a senior.

Kevin attended Toledo College and earned a degree individualized Studies. He played right guard as a freshman and was part of an offensive line that allowed just 16, sacks, tying for 19th best in the nation. He was moved to center his junior year, starting all 12 games, and anchored an offensive line that ranked 16th in the nation in total offense and 18th in passing offense. As a senior he started all 13 games at center and was invited to play in the 2011 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.

Kevin wasn’t overwhelmed when he had to come in against the Giants after Costa suffered from concussion like symptoms. Since Tony and Kevin don’t practice during the week there where a few communication issues in the game. Kevin commented “It’s just something that’s kind of been expected since I’ve been here, from what happened in the preseason to early on in the season; I know that I’ve been in situations where I have had to be prepared.”

“He did a great job coming in, not having had reps with me,” quarterback Tony Romo said. “I was proud of him.”

Cowboys Third Rounder DeMarco Murray Is Ready For Prime Time

The Dallas Cowboys drafted running back DeMarco Murray in the third round of the this year’s draft.  I was surprised and pleased.

DeMarco attended the University of Oklahoma.  In his first game in 2007 he rushed for 201 yards and five touchdowns. He became the first player to score four touchdowns in a half in his Soomer debut.  He also entered the OU record book when he had a touchdown run of 92 yards.   Let me put it this way, he tied Adrian Peterson’s freshman touchdown record in 2007 with 15, that should sum up how talented this young man is.

  • All-Time Leader in Points scored (390)
  • All-Time Leader in Touchdowns (65)
  • All-Time Leader in All Purpose Yards (6,718)
  • All-Time Leader in Receiving Yards for a Running Back ( 1,571)

Most importantly with no fumbles!

He said in a recent interview,  “I also got to see Adrian Peterson for a year there. And he demonstrated how hard he worked – even when he wasn’t getting the ball. It’s just about hard work and that mind-set of competing”

DeMarco grew up being a Dallas Cowboy fan.  He was born February 12, 1988 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Murray attended Bishop Gorman High School, where he was an all-conference pick three consecutive years.  While he played at Grandview his team was 3-time Conference Champions. DeMarco earned All-state honors and Sunset Region Offensive Player of the Year award.  He was considered on of the top running backs in his class.

“Everyone overthinks it sometimes or at some point or another. You just have to relax, slow down and let the game come to you. You have to trust your eyes. Your eyes won’t lie to you. Trust your eyes; trust your keys and trust your technique and it all takes care of itself. The more reps you get can also helps. But for me it’s film that helps me the most. Even mental reps can help you see others’ mistakes so you don’t make them.”

Sounds to me like DeMarco does his homework and will give 100 percent to the team.

When asked about  injuries he replied:.

” Some say you use your thighs or hamstrings more because your knee hurts. I just think it’s all a part of God’s plan. We have no control over injuries. Its just part of life; you can walk down the street and twist your ankle. I’m just blessed to have had the career I’ve had. “

When asked what he learned most playing in college:

 ” That playing the position of running back is not just about running with the football. You have to be able to protect the quarterback. That’s one of the biggest things that was coached at Oklahoma and we worked on it all year as well as catching the football. You want to be an every-down back and not just a first-, second- or third-down back. You want to be a player that the coaches have trust in you to carry the ball as well as catch and block.  I just continue to work hard and take pride in blocking for the quarterback and catching the ball.”

The Dallas Cowboys signed Murray on July 29th to a four-year contract worth $2.97 million including  signing bonus worth $622,000.

We wish the best of luck to DeMarco and I know he will be a asset to the Cowboys!

Check Out Undrafted Free Agent, Orie Lemon

Another Oklahoma State player agreed to terms with our Dallas Cowboys.  His name is Orie Lemon.  Yet another undrafted free agent!!  

Orie, a coverted quarterback, is an inside linebacker, and for those that don’t  know I live in Oklahoma (Yes I am a Okie!) and I watched Lemon play and explode in his Senior year.  This young man is talented. I can’t believe some of the good players that went undrafted this year.

A first-team All-Big 12 honoree as a Senior in 2010.  Lemon’s calling card was productivity, as he ranked among the national leaders with 133 tackles and had 101 solo stops. He garnered Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Orie stands 6’1′, 243 pound-er a good size for a linebacker.  I would like to see Bradie James take this young talent under his wing.  Orie reminds me a little of Bradie.  He’s averaged 10 tackles a game, but he also has speed – running a 4.87 in the 40 yard dash.

As a senior at Yates High School, Lemon, who played quarterback,  passed for 1,214 yards and 14 touchdowns while rushing for 600 yards and 12 touchdowns. He made the Dallas Morning News Top 100 list and was recruited along with OSU by  Arkansas, Houston, Tennessee, LSU and USC.

Best of Luck in camp and I think we will be seeing this young man stick anif he can stay within himself and do his thing. 

I wonder what his nickname will be?

The Battle Is On!

The Dallas Cowboys are known for signing undrafted free agents and making them Superstars.  They may have another  in the making when they signed former Oklahoma State standout kicker Dan Bailey.

The 2010 Lou Groza Award winner as the best kicker in college football, Bailey was tabbed as the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year.

Dan Bailey wears the #5, and was born January 26, 1988 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He attended Southwest Covenant school in Yukon, Oklahoma.  His frame is a good size for a kicker at  6ft and weighing in at 197 pounds.

He entered the OSU program as a walk-on and left as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 370 career points. He set a single season school record with 27 field goals.  Bailey ranked second in the nation in scoring his Senior year and set a school record by hitting his first 182 extra point attempts.

After not being drafted and months of down time he is now in training camp with the Dallas Cowboys trying to win the starting spot for the teams placekicker.  Bailey, who missed only two extra points during his career at OSU, appears ready to take on the challenge. ” I am excited,” Bailey said ” I think it is a good opportunity.”

With Brown being being cut that leaves Bailey and David Buehler.  Buehler struggled at times last season with field  goals inside the 40 yard line.

“If it works out, great,” Bailey said. ” If not, it’s still a great experience.”

In his first practice, he made 4 of 4 , but his 35 yarder hit the left upright and  went in when a rusher flew at him.

We all know kickers don’t get all the fanfare the other players get, but they suddenly become the single most important person in the stadium when the game is tied with seconds left on the clock.

Is Dwayne Harris Ready To Start At # 3 WR?

With the Cowboys releasing Roy Williams and Sam Hurd, that officially makes Dez Bryant the starter opposite Miles Austin.  So who will fill the #3 spot? 

Many Cowboys and East Carolina  Pirates are hoping it will be the Cowboys 6th round draft pick rookie Dwayne Harris.  Of course he will have to compete against and beat out Cowboy veteran Kevin Ogletree first.

Harris signed a four year deal with the Cowboys.  Terms of the contract have not been disclosed.

The former ECU receiver finished his career with 268 catches and 3,001 yards, which are standing school records.  Dwayne had 101 receptions his senior year for 1,123 yards.  He scored ten touchdowns and was named Conference USA player of the year.

Harris played quarterback at Tucker  High School, where he led his team to a 10-1 record and a Regional 6-AAA Championship in 2006. He also was an All-State selection by the Georgia High School Coaches Association as a Senior.  He was named MVP in the North-South All Star Game.  Coach Bill Billard had to of been pleased to see his quarterback also run for 524 yards and score seven touchdown’s.  It is easy to see why he was the teams’ Captain. Of course he lettered in football, but also basketball and baseball.

Dwayne Harris was born September 16, 1987 in Atlanta, Georgia.  He enjoys following basketball and credits his family, and his mother most of all, as the most influential people in his career.   If he could spend one day with anyone it would be Jackie Robinson.

Dewayne is 6 ft tall and weighs in at 205 lbs.  His fans say he is a exceptionally athletic, speedy, talented and a multi-purpose athlete.   One fan says she can’t wait to hang a poster of him in a Dallas Cowboys uniform on her bedroom wall.

It will be interesting in training camp to see who gets that number three wideout spot.

I am looking forward to seeing his amazing talent this pre-season and watch Harris compete with Ogletree for the job.  

Welcome to the Cowboys!

New To The Silver & Blue: Tyron Smith – OT

By now, every Cowboys fan knows that the team selected offensive lineman Tyron Smith with their 1st round draft pick earlier this year, but did you know that it had been 30 years since the last time the Cowboys drafted that position with their first round pick? It’s true, the Dallas Cowboys selected offensive lineman Howard Richards with their first round selection 1981. That was the year that we were all was introduced to Indiana Jones and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” topped the box-office.

Whenever I write something about the newest Cowboy, Tyron Smith, I’m tempted to type in all caps because he is such a monster when it comes to his size!  The young tackle out of Southern California checks in at 6’5  and weighs 307 pounds.  Tryon’s hands were each measured at 11 inches.  The former USC star acknowledges his size as one of his main assets:

” My strength is my size,” I intimidate other guys because I’m big and I’m working on getting bigger. I want to work on my footwork. Since I’m so big, sometimes I get off balance.” 

Tyron was born December 12, 1990 in Moreno Valley California. He attended Rancho Verde High School where he played offensive and defensive line.  He earned numerous honors.  Even as a kid, Rivals.com listed him as the #1 offensive tackle prospect in the nation.  They nailed it on this one.

The analysis from USC pro-day reported that his pass blocking is his best trait,  saying he’s quick off the snap and can catch and turn his opponent away from the play. His athleticism enables him to explode out of the gate and make down-field blocks.

In his last season at USC, the Trojans allowed only 18 sacks, and averaged 189 yards per game in 2010, both were conference bests.

At Pro-day he ran the 40 yard dash in 4.91 and just as impressive for his size was his broad jump at 9-1 and his vertical at 29 inches. The ground must have shook when he landed. 🙂

Smith is very comfortable blocking in an open space.  He can sink his hips to counter the bull-rush. He moves his feet well to shadow quicker speed rushers. 

It’s no wonder Smith was by far the number one offensive tackle in the draft – nobody else even came close. Romo must have been doing cartwheels on Draft Day! (Don’t strain yourself Tony!) 

Blessed with the prototype combination of size, balance and agility, he has the potential to develop into a top-flight left tackle in the NFL. He emerged as a standout in the Pac-10, winning the Morris Trophy as the conference’s top offensive lineman as voted by the league’s defensive linemen.

Among his weaknesses (hey, nobody’s perfect!) some experts say he needs to develop his football instincts, so that he won’t easily be baited by stunts. He must also key in on recognizing the blitz.  Right now, they seem to think he can be beat by speed to power  rushing moves.  But with that said, let me add that the Cowboys defense is known for their speed, so working against them in camp will help him improve on defending against a speed/rush offense. (It’s all good!)

Here are some highlights…

  • Smith was the country’s highest-ranked offensive linemen. 
  • Smith made a huge impact in his two seasons as the Trojans starting offensive tackle, before declaring early for the 2011 draft.
  • Consensus All-Pac 10 first-team choice, named the Trojans’ Offensive Lineman of the Year
  • The only player in the Pac-10 Conference to register 100 knockdowns for the season, receiving first-team all-league honors.
  • Smith had thirteen touchdown-resulting blocks and allowed only one quarterback sack in his final season. He had 23 blocks for touchdowns in his two years as starter.
  • Tyron was the recipient of the Pac-10 Morris Award, given to the league’s top lineman.

After watching video of him, and with Coach Ryan coming in, it will be interesting to see if the coaching staff can help him with his football IQ and quickly get Smith up to speed and make the improvements that will make him a starter. I believe they will.

There’s a lot to like here!

40 Bill Bates – Special Teams – 1983-1996

Bill Bates started his career while playing as a safety for the University of Tennessee. While he was there he was named second-team All-Southeastern Conference his junior and senior seasons, and developed a reputation as the team’s hardest hitter and quickest tackler.

Bill Bates was much smaller than other safeties in the league and for that reason he was not drafted in the NFL Draft. However, the Cowboys were so impressed with his sheer determination and heart that he displayed in college, that they decided to sign him as an undrafted free agent in 1983… Great move!

Bill immediately became a visible figure on the field with his ferocious special teams play. It was due to his amazing season as a fierce special teams player that the NFL changed the rules and added a spot on the Pro-Bowl team for a special teams coverage player. In 1984, Bill Bates became the first NFL player to be so honored.

Bill was also an inspirational leader both on and off the field, and in 1990 Head Coach Jimmy Johnson named him the Cowboy’s Special Team’s captain. He held that position for the duration of his career with Dallas Cowboys, a career that spanned from 1983-1996.

Bill was a big part of the 1992, 1993 and 1995 Super Bowl Champions team, and has been a long time favorite of Cowboys fans.

While playing linebacker, Bate’s last minute interception at Chicago’s Soldier Field preserved Dallas’ 17 – 13 win in the team’s triumphant return to the playoffs after a six year absence. That play was one of the signature moments in a new era of Dallas Cowboys NFL supremacy.

Bill was selected to the All-Madden Team for twelve years in a row, and was named the winner of the Bob Lilly Award four years in a row, from 1990 – 1994. This award is selected by a vote of the fans and annually goes to the Cowboy player who displays leadership and character on and off the field.

One of the all time great Cowboys, Bill Bates now enjoys life as a high school coach in Knoxville that won the Florida State Championship in 2005. He is also a successful motivational speaker and has released an autobiography entitled “Shoot for the Star”.