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Rookie Safety Impresses During First Practice

In had been quite a while since Akwasi Owusu-Ansah had dawned the football pads, but the Cowboys’ fourth round pick from this past April was out to shake off the rust. According to the Cowboy coaches, he did just that. Owusu-Ansah impressed, not only his coaches, but his teammates during yesterday’s camp practices. Owusu-Ansah had been reduced to playing the game through in his mind since he had surgery on his injured shoulder. Things were complicated even more for the rookie when he tweaked his hamstring durning workouts at Valley Ranch.

Owusu-Ansah made his return to the field and was noticed right away. Trying to crack the lineup as a safety, Owusu-Ansah will more likely need to earn his keep on special teams, a spot he is very comfortable with. “That’s one thing I’m real natural at is returning kicks,” Owusu-Ansah said after his first day. “So when I had that opportunity I just wanted to show my talent, and show it’s real natural, and not something I have to pick up.”

Coming from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Division II school, many people were wary of whether or not Owusu-Ansah will be able to make an impact. After his first practice the coaches liked what they have seen. “He didn’t show any signs of being injured and he really understands the defense,” secondary coach Dave Campo said. “He’s been here for a long time, and he’s been paying attention.” Campo has coached his share of defensive-backs and knows when he sees talent.

While Owusu-Ansah will have a small role, the Cowboys do like his speed in the kick return game. He will have competition their with former CFL standout and speedster Titus Ryan also vying for the same position, not to mention rookie first-rounder Dez Bryant.

For Owusu-Ansah he was just happy he was able to get back on the field. Although, with the lack of practice time, it is unlikely we will see him in the game Sunday night against Cincinnati, I am sure we will get plenty of chances in further preseason games. That is, as long as he can stay healthy.


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2 Responses to “Rookie Safety Impresses During First Practice”

  1. Russ Loede says:

    “Born On Sunday” Oh, what a name!

    Wanted my Bears to select this kid.

    Going to be a player, right away —he should, and will.

    How long will it take for him to earn the “Center Fielder” role?

    One of my main concerns with the team and its defense is safety play. Would love to see him be their starting free safety.

    http://www.nflgridirongab.com/2010/08/06/nfl-gridiron-gab-pre-camp-division-previews-nfc-east/

    Athleticism/ability is second to none. Sky’s the limit. No doubting his skill set.

    Let me go out on a limb to say he will have a Louis Delmas impact rookie year. Couple of defensive/return touchdowns.

    -Alex:

    How do you feel the loss of DE Marcus Spears affects the Dallas DL, and unit as a whole? Who replaces him, and more importantly does the 11-man squad suffer much? He’s out 4-6 weeks with a sprained MCL.

    I’m really enamored by your ‘Boys. Such an enticing team to follow. Games against NFC East rivals, Vikings, and Saints —All eyes on America’s Team!

    Felix Jones: NFC’s Version of Chris Johnson.

    Tony Romo: This is “his” year -he wins MVP honors.

    NFC Title Game: Dallas vs Minnesota.

  2. Alex says:

    Hey Russ,

    yeah, he was a good pick, but I wouldn’t count on him playing in the defence much, if at all, this year. He is a guy to keep our eyes on in the future though. As for Marcus, you’ll have to read my most recent post that should go up today. I don’t think it will be a major loss with the rise of Jason Hatcher and Stephen Bowen on the ends.

    As for the rest, we’ll have to see. Being good on paper and being good in reality are two different things. Go Boys!!!

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