News: DMN | Cowboys sign free agent lineman

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  1. Shuttemdown41

    Shuttemdown41 Member

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    Didn't see it posted here on the board. Sorry if it's a repost.

    Cowboys sign free-agent lineman

    01:39 PM CDT on Thursday, May 20, 2004

    By MATT MOSLEY / **************

    The Cowboys have signed rookie free-agent guard Thomas Herrion, who played at Utah. Herrion (6-3, 334) was one of seven players the Cowboys brought in for a weekend tryout during last month's rookie minicamp.

    The weekend tryout players are usually brought in to provide extra bodies, but Herrion appeared to have a solid three days.

    Herrion had his head buried in a thick Cowboys playbook when he wasn't practicing. He'll have an outside shot at making the team because the Cowboys need depth behind left guard Larry Allen and right guard Andre Gurode.
  2. Shuttemdown41

    Shuttemdown41 Member

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    Saw it on another board, didn't see it here, originally posted by BlueFinTuna.

    Here's a pic, let the head jokes begin: :D

  3. Carlito

    Carlito New Member

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    Thanks for posting the info!! I don't know much about the "heady" play of this guy?
  4. LeonDixson

    LeonDixson Illegitimi non carborundum

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    I don't think I want to make jokes about this man! :)
  5. Lord Sun

    Lord Sun New Member

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    Hometown: Ft. Worth, Texas
    High School: Polytechnic HS (Texas)
    Last College: Kilgore JC
    Height / Weight: 6-3 / 315
    Position: OL
    Birthdate: 12/15/1981

    UTAH: Honor candidate has loads of potential … will start at left tackle after starting at right tackle last year … selected to 2003 Utah Football Leadership Committee (dependable, team player, strong academics and discipline, team spokesman).

    2002:played in 10 games and started the last three at right tackle … showed most improvement of any offensive lineman.

    PRIOR TO UTAH: Honorable mention juco All-American … first-team all-conference … Most Outstanding Lineman for Kilgore JC, which finished 2001 season ranked No. 2 in nation with 12-0 record … 126 decleaters in 2001 … graded out at 90% for both run and pass blocking … Kilgore was 2000 conference champ and won Red River Bowl … played high school ball at Polytechnic HS (Texas) … chose Utah over West Virginia, Southern Mississippi and Iowa.

    PERSONAL: Son of J.C. and Janice Herrion … plays drums in his church band … enjoys jazz, hip hop and blues … sociology major … born Dec. 15, 1981.
  6. Shuttemdown41

    Shuttemdown41 Member

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    Let's hope BP and Co. can coach him up into at least a decent addition to the OL, goodness knows the kid isn't light in the back pocket.
  7. Lord Sun

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    Herrion Aims to Continue Gross' Legacy

    By Michael C. Lewis
    The Salt Lake Tribune

    Ute Football Notes

    Thomas Herrion knows he is going to have a hard time measuring up to the man he's replacing along the Utah offensive line. After all, it isn't every day that the Utes lose a player to the first round of the NFL Draft.

    But that doesn't mean Herrion is not going to try to be just like Jordan Gross. "I'm going to do whatever I have to do," Herron said. "I'm going to let his legacy live on [and] I'm going to be like a Jordan Gross. Follow his footsteps, because he was a good lineman. Follow his footsteps and just punish people like he used to."

    The Utes would love to see that.

    Faced with a hole where Gross used to play, new coach Urban Meyer and his staff moved the 6-foot-3, 315-pound Herrion from right tackle to left -- a crucial position for protecting the quarterback on pass plays.

    And though Herrion has not made anybody forget about the All-American Gross, who is certain to be taken in the first round of the NFL Draft later this month, Herrion has done well adjusting to his new spot in spring drills.

    Herrion is not exactly unfamiliar with his new position.

    He played left tackle at Kilgore College in Texas, but split time at right tackle with senior-to-be Sean Souza last year because Gross was so good on the left side. He said Gross taught him the importance of proper technique, and he's learning more now about leadership and preparation.

    "In this offense, the left has a lot more responsibility" than the right, he said. "He's like the head man. You have to be able to make the calls, you have to be smart. You have to be real smart."
  8. Lord Sun

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    Herrion's change of heart turns into Eagles' loss

    By Tim Doherty

    MEMPHIS — Thomas Herrion nearly became a Golden Eagle two years ago. Wednesday, Utah's starting left guard will be lining up against them.

    A junior college standout at Kilgore (Texas) Junior College, Herrion actually had signed a letter-of-intent to play for Southern Miss. But while waiting for his mother to sign, Herrion had a change of heart.

    "My mother really didn't want me to go (to USM) because she really liked (former Utah) coach (Ron) McBride, but she told me to make my own decision," Herrion said.

    "I was leaning toward Southern Miss, but then just decided at the end that I wanted to go to Utah."

    The affable Herrion, a huge human being at 6-foot-3, 319 pounds, sounded downright remorseful Sunday afternoon about the situation. He said while he didn't regret his choice at all, he did feel bad about leaving USM hanging.

    "I know I would have been (mad) at me," Herrion said. "They probably are still kind of (mad) at me.

    " ... I thought I'd never see them again my whole life,and now it's like, (durn). It's very weird. Talk about deja vu."

    Herrion started three games at right tackle last season. This year, he was regarded as the Utes' top lineman.

    With an infectious smile and never-met-a-stranger manner, it's little wonder that Herrion is listed as Utah's "unofficial spokesman" in the Utes' postseason media guide.

    That personality was on full display Sunday. After a post-practice interview at Rhodes College, Herrion gave a nod and a grin to the Shelby County deputy providing escort for the bus back to the team hotel. Moments later, Herrion hopped in the front seat of the cruiser.

    - Tackle Thomas Herrion, Sr. - How do you replace a top ten caliber draft pick? That'll be what Thomas Herrion has to do moving over from right tackle to the left side to provide some experience to the key spot in place of Jordan Gross. The new coaching staff thinks the former JUCO transfer could become a one of the new stars of the Mountain West with an athletic 6-3 and 320 pound frame.
  9. Avery

    Avery The Dog that Saved Charleston

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    I watched him play this year. He's a solid guy who will push for a roster spot. Don't expect him to start anytime soon though.
  10. Skeptic

    Skeptic New Member

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    I like his sh_tlocks.
  11. woobycat

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    Isnt that the dude from that 80's band PM Dawn.......I am ashamed that I know the name of that band......Offseason is truly brutal....
  12. trickblue

    trickblue Not Old School...Old Testament...

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    Apparently BP liked this kid alot... told him to keep it under raps so no other teams would pursue him... but he was too excited to do that...

    But we did get him into camp... I rate this a nice signing...
  13. Eskimo

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    Found this from a 2002 draft site.


    Offensive Guard/Tackle

    Alabama State University Hornets


    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    Former defensive lineman who was a two-year starter at Texas A&M before transferring to Alabama State for his senior year… Uses his great upper body strength to dominate as a pass protector…Collegiate tackle whose trap blocking ability could see him shift to guard at the pro level…Shows very quick movement skills…Hits aggressively on contact, staying low in his stance with a quick arm rise to rock the defenders back…Does a fine job of getting position on the defender, using his hands effectively to turn and wall off…Simply mauls people with his straight-ahead blast in run blocking…Fluid in his retreat and kick-step, reaching and extending his arms properly to sustain and finish his blocks.

    2001 SEASON

    All-American first-team selection by The National Sports Bureau…All-Southwestern Athletic Conference first-team choice…Manned the strong side offensive tackle position, registering an impressive 120 knockdowns while grading 84.5% for an offense that averaged 474.8 yards per game.

    Alabama A&M…Cut blocked linebacker Cadarric Collins on QB Darnell Kennedy’s 15-yard touchdown toss to Chris Coleman and later opened a hole used by Kennedy for a 1-yard scoring run as the Hornets totaled 543 yards.

    Arkansas-Pine Bluff…Leveled defensive end Lorenzo Akins to spring Kennedy for a 5-yard touchdown run as the team gained 426 yards.

    Mississippi Valley…Posted 18 knockdowns, clearing a path used by tailback Larry Bias for a 3-yard touchdown run and then upended defensive end Rufus Williams to give Kennedy time to find Coleman with a 12-yard scoring strike as the team amassed 604 yards.

    Alcorn State…Blocked defensive end Marcus Evans to the ground on Cortez Mitchell’s 1-yard touchdown run as the ground game piled up 173 yards.

    Clark-Atlanta…Made 16 knockdowns, including one on linebacker Reggie King on Kennedy’s 66-yard touchdown pass to Eugene Johnson as the Hornets picked up 531 yards.

    Grambling State (SWAC Championship)…Took down linebacker Robert Taylor with a roll block on Kennedy’s 62-yard touchdown toss to Floyd Tigers as ASU totaled 400 yards.

    2000 SEASON

    Started every game at the demanding left offensive tackle for the Texas A&M Aggies…Was the cornerstone of an offensive line that allowed only 10 quarterback sacks as the team averaged 381.6 yards per game and scored 307 points…Graded 82.1% for blocking consistency and posted 84 knockdowns.

    Texas-El Paso...Made seven knockdowns in the first half, clearing a path for tailback Joe Weber’s 16-yard score and also contained rush end Rick Fette to give QB Mark Farris time to lob a 6-yard touchdown pass to flanker Robert Ferguson as the offense gained 414 yards.

    Baylor...Added eight knockdowns and graded 88% as he teamed with fullback Ja’Mar Toombs to lead the way on a 15-yard reverse for a touchdown by split end Bethel Johnson and also returned the favor to Toombs by opening a hole used by the Aggie fullback for a 1-yard scoring plunge as A&M collected 414 yards.

    Iowa State...Again teamed with Toombs, this time to take down defensive end Reggie Hayward on Farris’ 5-yard scoring run, finishing the day with eight knockdowns to help the offense pick up 469 yards.

    Kansas State...Graded a career-high 93% as he delivered seven knockdowns during his heated battle with Mario Fatefehi, taking down the massive defensive tackle with a cut block on a 2-yard touchdown run by Toombs and later leveled defensive end Monty Beisel as Toombs raced around the left side for an 8-yard touchdown run to cap a day where the Aggies’ ground game accounted for 171 yards in a 26-10 victory.

    1999 SEASON

    Appeared in eight games, starting the Baylor, Kansas and Oklahoma contests at left tackle for Texas A&M…Made 28 knockdowns and graded 78% for blocking consistency as the team gained 415 yards.

    Baylor...Blocked linebacker Rod Smith to the ground to clear a path used by Joe Weber for a 7-yard touchdown run as the Aggies gained 417 yards.

    1998 SEASON

    Saw action as a backup offensive tackle after switching from defense to offense during fall drills.

    1997 SEASON

    Redshirted as a freshman.


    5.32 in the 40-yard dash…31-inch vertical jump…8’8” broad jump…Bench presses 225 pounds 25 times…410-pound bench press…32 3/4-inch arm length…10 ¼-inch hands.

    Height Weight Bench 10 20 40 Shuttle 3Cone VJ BJ
    6033 304 29 1.83 3.06 5.32 4.78 7.90 31.0 8'8"

    PROJECTED DRAFT ROUND: 7th round/Undrafted

    Found this on another website:

    Troubled past: The Cowboys took a character risk in signing Tango McCauley, a Canadian League guard. Former Texas A&M coach R.C. Slocum dismissed McCauley from the team before the 2001 season because of a violation of team rules. In 2000, McCauley served a two-game suspension after being arrested for public intoxication while celebrating his 21st birthday.
  14. Lord Sun

    Lord Sun New Member

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    Set adrift on memory bliss of u...
    Baby u send meee...
    LOL @ wooby...and Lord Sun :confused:
  15. jdnalls

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    Wasn't this the UDFA that really impressed coaches at the mini camp?
  16. mcnuttz

    mcnuttz New Member

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    Don't you mean dookie braids?
  17. Juke99

    Juke99 ...Abbey someone

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    Plays drums in a church band....

    I like him already....hope he makes the team just to see how he gets along with LA. :)
  18. BrownSugar

    BrownSugar One Classy Lady

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    He looks like he could be James Brown's long lost son [​IMG]

    Wonder what his nickname might be, they already nicknamed Bickerstaff as Radio. :)
  19. Cowgal

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    Maybe they still have some of those XXL helmets they made for Robert Thomas. :D
  20. Hollywood Henderson

    Hollywood Henderson Benched

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    Call me crazy, but lets hope our Oline is vastly improved...Who knows what will become of Allen, but with Flo back and ready to dominate, Johnson being MUCH better at C then soon to be cut Lehr...

    New depth and talent in Peterman, Rogers and everyone having time in the new offense to go along with new weapons in Key, Jones, and a soon to be start in Witten...Maybe we can score some major points this year!

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