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?

Cowboys Reach Deal With Dez Bryant

According to the Associated Press, the Cowboys announced they agreed to terms with first-round pick Dez Bryant on Thursday.

Although financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but a press conference has been scheduled for 6:45 PM CST by Stephen Jones and full details of the deal should be revealed at that time.

Some rumors have suggested an $11.8 million dollar, 5-year deal including an $8.5 million dollar signing bonus.

Bryant, the 24th pick of the draft, is now expected to report on time for Cowboys training camp on Saturday in San Antonio, and any talk of a hold out has now been extinguished.

I know many were getting uptight about his signing, but check this out. Bryant actually becomes the first first-round pick to agree to a contract. Sam Bradford, who was the No. 1 overall pick, has yet to agree to a deal.

The only draft pick unsigned by the Cowboys is second-rounder Sean Lee, a linebacker from Penn State.

New To The Silver & Blue: Sean Lee

Sean Lee, a Pittsburgh native, has gone from rooting against the Dallas Cowboys to wearing the Blue and Silver, and getting private tutoring in rookie mini-camp as he is the only linebacker in camp.

In a recent interview Lee admitted being from Pittsburgh there was no option but to root against them.

” I’m trying to recruit as many Cowboys fans as I can. As soon as I got the call from Mr. Jones, we went out and bought all the Cowboys gear we could find in  Pittsburgh-which wasn’t very much.” 

Sean Patrick Lee was born on July 22 1986. His older brother Conor, was the placekicker for the University of Pittsburgh from 2005-2008 and was the 2008 Big East Football Scholar-Athlete of the year. 

Sean began his High School career at Upper St. Clair High School. A school known for its renowned linebacker corps, playing for head coach Jim Render. Sean ‘s high school team had a terrific record of 31-4 during his three years as a starter. In Sean’s senior year they recorded a record of 11-1. He had 95 tackles and four interceptions his senior year.  In the tailback position he ran for 1,240 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also returned a punt for 75 yards for a touchdown. He was a first-team Associated Press Class AAAA All-State selection and was Male Athlete of the Year in 2005.

Sean graduated from Penn State in December 2009, with a degree in Finance, attaining a 3.09 grade point average. He is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten Conference choice and added Academic All-District honors from ESPN in 2007. Sean was the 23rd pick in the second round of the 2010 draft.

Sean was the most versatile of the team playing all three linebacker positions.

  • Freshman – left outside linebacker
  • Sophomore – middle line-backer
  • Junior – right linebacker
  • Senior – left outside linebacker.

He was one of the hardest hitters on the team and ranked in the top seven players for tackles per games in the Big Ten.

Sean seems to be an all around athlete that can become a play-maker for the Dallas Cowboys.

He is known to be a leader and one of the nicest players on the team. He lends his free time to the Make a Wish foundation, Habitat for Humanity and the Special Olympics.

It seems he is a good fit for the Cowboys, but of course only time will tell.

Sean, welcome to the Dallas Cowboys!

Many Interesting Scenarios to Watch For As Draft Nears

Draft weekend is finally here. The day(s) that die-hard fans like myself liken to Christmas morning. Cowboys fans have come to expect the unexpected from Jerry Jones on draft day. His uncanny ability to wheel and deal on the clock is loved by some, and hated by others. Let’s go through some scenarios that could unfold over the next three days.

1. The Cowboys stand pat in the first round and draft the best player on their board. That means that players like Jared Odrick, Maurkice Pouncey, Taylor Mays, Devin McCourty, or Sean Weatherspoon could be Dallas Cowboys by the end of tonight. The reality of the matter is that the Cowboys have very little need at any single position this year and that will enable them to take the best player available should they choose to stay at #27.

Players to watch for in this scenario:

  • Jared Odrick – Defensive End, Penn State
  • Maurkice Pouncey – Guard/Center, Florida
  • Taylor Mays – Safety, USC
  • Devin McCourty – Cornerback, Rutgers
  • Sean Weatherspoon – Linebacker, Missouri


2. A player the Cowboys like drops considerably in the first round and they trade up to get him. I would not expect Jerry to move up a great deal in the first round since the Cowboys do not have many picks to give away in this draft. With that being said, if a player like Earl Thomas, Dez Bryant, or Mike Iupati were to slide into the late teens or early twenties, it would not be surprising to see Jerry trade up to get them.

Players to watch for in this scenario:

  • Earl Thomas – Safety, Texas
  • Dez Bryant – Receiver, Oklahoma State
  • Mike Iupati – Guard, Idaho


3. The Cowboys do not see anyone they like in the first round and trade out of the first to stockpile some picks. I would think Jerry would demand another second round pick and possibly even a fifth (Dallas does not own a fifth rounder this year) to move out of the first round. The early second round is a spot where the Cowboys would likely draft someone like Sean Lee, who they are very high on. I could see them using their original second rounder on someone like Nate Allen or Morgan Burnett if they are still on the board. Personally I do not see the Cowboys trading down much this year because of the high number of picks they had last year. When you start to stockpile mountains of picks, keeping those players on the roster starts to become an issue.

Players to watch for in this scenario:

  • Sean Lee – Linebacker, Penn State
  • Nate Allen – Safety, South Florida
  • Morgan Burnett – Safety, Georgia Tech
  • Arrelious Benn – Receiver, Illinois


4. Dallas trades away current players for draft picks. Remember that the Bengals reportedly offered a second round pick for Martellus Bennett before the trade deadline last season. Many mock drafts have Cincinnati drafting Jermaine Gresham with their first round pick, so it is not a far stretch to think that they may offer Dallas a second rounder again for Bennett. Another player who could be on the block is Marcus Spears, who likely will only warrant a fourth or fifth round pick. Some “experts” say that Marion Barber should be on the trade block, but I just cannot see the Cowboys dealing him.

Players to watch in this scenario:

  • Martellus Bennett
  • Marcus Spears


5. Dallas trades a draft pick for a player currently on an NFL roster. There are a handful of NFL players who could find new homes on draft day, and it would not be a far stretch to think that Jerry may pull the trigger on a current player if the price is right. There have been reports that Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Jared Gaither is on the block, and I think the Cowboys may be interested in him if the asking price was a second round pick. Recent reports have also surfaced about New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Jammal Brown being potential trade bait in this year’s draft. I could also see the Cowboys being interested in him for a price similar to Jared Gaither’s. Brown is also from nearby Waxahachie, Texas, so he has personal ties to the Dallas area.

Players to watch in this scenario:

  • Jared Gaither – Offensive Tackle, Baltimore Ravens
  • Jammal Brown – Offensive Tackle, New Orleans Saints


Finally, Ware Gets His Money!

The Cowboys are making the announcement in a press conference as I type this, the DeMarcus Ware deal is done!

Cowboys fans around the nation celebrate!!

Nick Eatman reports on his blog:

While the Cowboys are expected to announce the contract extension of DeMarcus Ware here at 4:30, it’s believed the outside linebacker will receive $40 million guaranteed over the six-year extension that will keep him with the Cowboys through 2015.

Overall, the deal is expected to be $78 million, averaging right at $13 million per season.

Follow Up On Jason Williams; And Romo’s Hot Seat?

-Last week I did a piece “Know Your Cowboy” on Jason Williams, the rookie Linebacker from Western Illinois. It was something just to help the casual fan learn a bit on one of our up and coming players. Like most rookies the transition from college to pro takes time so Jason struggled in training camp and in the first preseason game against the Raiders.

Coach Wade Phillips attributes the slow start to “because he was thinking instead of playing”. However in his second preseason game against the Titans he started playing more instinctively, which forced an intentional grounding penalty in the end zone and resulted in a safety.

The Cowboys are not trying to overload the young player by putting too much on his plate. They like his physical style and his ability to run, so for the time being they want him to concentrate on special teams and become a “Good special teams player”, and take the time to learn the defensive side of the game a bit slower. Once they see his confidence building then they will incorporate him a bit more into the regular defense.

-Tony Romo on the hot seat? According to Dan Fouts of CBS Sports Tony is one of a few Quarterbacks this year on the hot seat.

“The pressure is really going to fall on Romo now, but that’s the way it should be. When you’re the Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback, with that tradition and history, it adds pressure. Deal with it.”

As Cowboy fans know, Tony Will be able to handle this pressure Fouts speaks of. He will just have to play and make everyone else shut their mouths. Seems like Romo and Roy Williams have got a lot of people to put in their places this season, and I cant wait to see them do it!

Breaking Camp And Ready For Some Football

The Boys have left the Alamodome and are now preparing for some football in their new home. The consensus among the players is that this years camp was much tougher, and more focused than years passed, especially after last years circus.

Gone are the likes of Terrell Owens, and Adam “Pacman” Jones who always brought their own distractions wherever they went. And lets not forget about Jessica Simpson … or actually maybe we should. With her around it was clear to every fan that Romo’s head was never truly in the game. Hopefully this year he has his priorities straight, and his focus on the Lombardi Trophy. Oh yea and I almost forgot that other distraction that followed the entire team around last year, the HBO show “Hard Knocks”. It was fun to watch as a fan but if you think what it must of been like for the players being followed around all the time and every detail filmed. “It was a drama-free three weeks in San Antonio” reports, which is what we like to hear.

“This camp has been like two of the other camps put together. I haven’t heard anyone call this one cupcake,” linebacker Bradie James said.

Coach Wade Phillips wanted to push the team a bit more this camp, making sure they stay focused and to help them get stronger as a team.

“I am trying to do what helps this team. It’s a long season and the mental toughness is part of it,” Phillips said. “I say the mental part of it. When you get tired, that’s when the mental process comes in. I thought it was good for our guys. I think they have come through it well.

Phillips will have even more on his plate this season as he is also the teams defensive coordinator.

With camp ended the Cowboys stayed fairly healthy. They will be without Fullback Deon Anderson for some time after he had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee last week. But both corners Mike Jenkins and Terence Newman who have been a little banged up returned to practice and are set to go. Roy Williams wrist is improving and barring any set backs he should be fine as well.

Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett will have a three headed monster in Marion Barber, Felix Jones, and Tashard Choice to get the ball to. The idea is that Barber with use his brute strength to soften and beat down the defense, then have Felix use his speed to fly by and around them. Choice will get a few carries a game as well to give Barber and Jones a break. Garrett is looking to get the ball to Felix 12-15 times a game and doesn’t care if its by air in the passing attack or handing it to the speedster.

With so many weapons, and as long as everyone can stay healthy, the tougher camp and the time spent together could push the Cowboys back into the elusive playoffs, then watch out!!


Free agency started overnight and for a lot of us fans the new season has just begun.

The bad taste that has been in my mouth since the Cowboys lost in Philadelphia is slowly disappearing. Even though the Cowboys are not projected to make any big signings, this is what being a Cowboys fan is all about. You know what I mean don’t you?

Debating who should back up Tony, or  looking for a veteran safety, corner, or inside linebacker… Cowboys talk is just great!  

Then we have the draft.

The draft is probably my favorite weekend of the year. Mock drafts followed by mock drafts, and even more mock drafts, I just cant get enough!

Then OTA’s, mini-camps, and talking about how players are looking, and  what our chances are in 09. 

I just cannot get enough Cowboy chatter. Then before you know it its July and we are talking training camp which I will be attending for the first time in my life! And just like that we are breaking down our first matchup in week one. 

Isn’t this is what being a die hard Cowboys fan is all about.

Football On My Mind…….

Hey guys, just a few things to discuss. First, I would like to congratulate the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers on reaching Super Bowl 43. Much props to both teams. Honestly, I am pulling for the Cards on this one. On a side note as well, Imagine if Terrell Owens would of pulled that Boldin Act yesterday after they won. ESPN would of been all over that. On to the Boys………..

First I would LOVE to say that Demarcus Ware was, to put it eloquently, ROBBED. I will give James Harrison as much props as the next guy but he is nowhere near Ware’s capability. In Harrison, you get a great passrusher. In Ware, you get the complete package. This just goes to show the unwavering Bias that is thrown, or has been thrown for decades at your Dallas Cowboys. I was quite honestly shocked that Emmitt Smith won the league MVP in 1995 and thats when I thought girls were still icky!! Demarcus, you dominated the defensive side of the ball all year long. You deserved it more than anyone in the football land. Kind of ironic that Ware wins the Dick Butkus award for the NFL’s best linebacker. I thought that was Harrison, oh wait….

Second, Terrell Owens is one of my favriote players on this team. I honestly believe ESPN is on a witch hunt to make T.O. a cancer. He is the only guy all year that showed any emotion on the field when this went wrong. For you Cowboy fans out there wanting T.O. out i can only say this. If T.O. is gone next year and we dont replace him, this team doesnt win 8 games next year. Easy as that. Yes, T.O. is getting old by NFL standards but the guy is still the best receiver on this team. Unless Dallas releases T.O. and then signs a Pro Bowl reciever somehow then I would probably be ok with it, but quite honestly it aint happening. Terrell Owens will be a Dallas Cowboy next year. I would be shocked if he isnt. I just got my authentic T.O. jersey this year too. Damn It!!

Third, Ray Lewis is gonna be a free agent and there is talk Jerry Jones is gonna go after the guy big time. I say, I LOVE IT. Ray Lewis is exactley what this defense needs. I know I am gonna get alot of slack for this but I really love the Ravens defense. Its a punch you in the mouth and point and laugh at you in the face kind of defense we need. They are nasty, mean and play as one unit. Thats all due to Ray Lewis. The guy plays with alot of emotion and wears his heart on his sleeve. He makes average players around him great. I would honestly as well be shocked if Baltimore lets him go and doesnt franchise him, but I would love to see the guy in a Cowboy uniform. Hey Mosh, get those Ray Lewis jerseys orders ready for just in case.

Fourth, Brian Stewart was fired. Big Deal. I believe the real problem of the Cowboys awkward 2008 season is deeper than Brian Stewart. Wade Phillips for one should not be coaching this team. Wade Phillips is an awesome defensive coach but when it comes to Head Coaching the guy sucks. With this many Stars on this team, you have to have a disciplinarian. A Jimmy Johnson / Bill Cowher type of coach. Its very sad, frustrating, depressing and everything else x100 the way our season went. And every week after a loss, Phillips just sugar coated everything. I would love to see the Cowboys bring in Mike Martz to see if he can recreate the Greatest Show on Turf. The guy also doesnt take bullcrap from anybody. Thats not gonna happen cause Garrett wasnt offered a head coaching job anywhere.

And Fifth, finally, I am ecstatic the Boys will be in San Antonio for training camp this year. I will be there for a whole week. Can’t wait for that to happen. Thats all for now.  

Injury Update: Ellis, Newman to Return to Practice

Cornerback Terence Newman and linebacker Greg Ellis both plan to return to practice on Wednesday. The Cowboys defense surely suffered with the absense of these two players last Sunday.

If and when Greg Ellis returns, you will definitely see a more productive DeMarcus Ware. We all know what a "sack" machine Ellis is, and Ware had a record breaking season last year. With those two  healthy and on the field, our defense will be virtually unstoppable!

Terence Newman, arguably one of the best corners in the league, is needed back desperately. He is a crucial part of the Dallas "D". There were many plays that would have been stopped if he were on the field Sunday night. Of course, we all knew his shoes would not easily be filled. Then there was the cut of his backup, veteran Aaron Glenn, that confused everyone.

We are hoping for good news this week. Get well soon Ellis and Newman! Go Cowboys!

Legends of the Star – Darren Woodson

Darren Woodson was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys as a converted linebacker in the second round of the 1992 NFL Draft out of Arizona State University.

He played at safety for the Cowboys and was a five time Pro Bowl selection who developed a reputation as an effective run-stopper and was a feared and ferocious hitter. He was leader both on and off the field and was a mentor to many of the younger players, including Roy Williams.

Besides chasing and tackling ball carriers in the secondary, Woodson also was very relentless at chasing down and stopping kick returners on special teams. For many years, Woodson dominated at his position and was a threat to anyone carrying the ball within his range. Many of his tackles were so ferocious that he drew many fines from the NFL during his career.

However, doing all those things for all those years finally took a toll on Woodson’s body. After missing most of the season after having back surgery just before training camp, the hard-hitting safety announced his retirement in December of 2004. It was the end of an era for the Dallas Cowboys. Darren Woodson was the last player left from the 1992, 1993 and 1995 Super Bowl champions and he was also the last player drafted by Jimmy Johnson. His 1,350 tackles are the most-ever in Cowboys history. 

Just the mention of Woodson’s name can still make opposing wide receivers and kickoff returners cringe.

Legends of the Star is an exclusive weekly feature found only on StarStruck. Each week we will profile one of the many interesting personalities that have played for the Dallas Cowboys. 

Who Dat?

Dat Nguyen is back at the ranch! He has been named assistant linebackers/defensive quality control coach. Nguyen, a former linebacker, played for Dallas for seven seasons (1999-2005) before being forced into retirement due to a neck injury. He was one of the best who ever played at Texas Stadium and the first Vietnamese American to play for the NFL. He lead the team in tackles three seperate times in 2001, 2003, and 2004. Nguyen finished his career with 516 tackles in sever short seasons, which includes being sidelined 2 different times for half the season because of seperate injuries.

It will be nice having Dat back with the team. Its a wonderful thing when a professional athlete can return to the sport that they love and be a part of that team’s success. Nguyen is the second former player to be added to the coaching staff this offseason. He will join Jason Garrett, who was hired as an offensive coach.

 Welcome Back Dat!