Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Jonesin' For Some Felix

Quick trivia: Who is the only player in Dallas Cowboys history to score a touchdown in their first 3 games?
The same guy who is very quickly gaining popularity around North Texas, rookie running back Felix Jones.
In just 3 short games in the NFL, Felix has racked up 148 rushing yards in just 18 carries. That comes to an average of 8.2 yards per carry! Let us not forget what is becoming his specialty, kick returning. Not since Deion Sanders wore the infamous star on his helmet have we had a true kick returner call Texas Stadium home. Special teams was one weakness on the team last season, and having a special teams weapon in Felix will make Dallas all the more talented.

The thing that really makes one scratch their head is the fact that Felix Jones has not started in a football game since when he was a high school phenom at Booker T. Washington High in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It wasn't even until he was a freshman at the school did he know that football could be part of his future. Basketball was always his passion ever since he was a young child, and his parents believed basketball would be the way they could afford to get their child into a good college. Many mid-major colleges were interested in the young Felix Jones to be a part of their basketball program, until the football coaches at Booker T. Washington got a hold of him. His sophomore year, the starter was suspended for violating team rules. Felix was given the starting spot and never looked back. He had 120 yards that night and started the rest of his high school career. As the rest of the state began to take notice, Jones gained 2,282 yards with 48 touchdowns in leading his team to the state championship game. Over 11 yards per carry earned him "Mr. Football" in the state of Oklahoma and college offers from all over.

Felix chose Arkansas, despite the fact that coaches told him he might never get to start a single game. This shows just how unselfish Jones is. Despite playing in the permanent backup role behind the two-time Doak Walker award winner Darren McFadden, Felix Jones was named to the All-American team as a kickoff returner in just his first year. In all, he rushed for 2,956 yards and 20 touchdowns, including 8.7 yards per carry as a junior. Despite playing in McFadden's shadow, Felix was still drafted in the 1st round by Arkansas-obsessed Jerry Jones.

It's a rare treat for a player as young as Felix Jones (just 21 years old!) to make such an impact in his first few games as a rookie. Felix has done just that, despite once again playing the role of backup. Jones just enjoys playing the game of football, and we here at DallasDedicated are just going to sit back and watch the Cowboys running game take control. While Marion Barber uses his power and contact to get past defenders, Felix Jones uses his speed and agility to get to the end zone. Both backs are game changers, and it is just one great weapon the explosive Cowboys offense has.

In random news that is unrelated: A crazy thing happened following the Sunday night game last week in Green Bay. As you may know, NBC uses a overhead camera that is run on a wire over the field. As the NBC crew began to pull the camera back up to the rafters, a cameraman on the field got tangled in the wires and began to rise up to the rafters with the camera. The operators in the truck outside Lambeau Field were not aware of the situation. Before they realized, the cameraman fell from over 30 feet in the air and was badly injured. We here at DallasDedicated can't get the image of a man strangled to wires above Lambeau Field looking like Peter Pan. Too bad we couldn't get a press pass for that!

Later this week we will discuss Terrell Owens, where despite having just 2 catches for 17 yards last week against Green Bay, we believe it was his best game. Also, is wide receiver Roy Williams heading to Dallas this offseason? Explanation coming soon!


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