The big news in the off season for the Cowboys Football program was of course Craig Bohl being named the new head coach.
But with that comes a new scheme for all the returning players.
252 tackles and 18 sacks are coming back to the Cowboys D-line. Eddie Yarbrough had 89 of those tacks and 6 and a half of the sacks. He and the whole D-line had to learn a whole new defensive scheme but having people you've been to battle with makes it easier to transition
"Everybody that is playing or probably going to play this year, Either they've started or they've shared reps so everybody has played with pretty much everybody that's going to be playing this year. So to look over and see a familiar face, It never hurt anybody so I'm excited about it," said Junior Defensive End Eddie Yarbrough.
Uso Olive, Yarbrough, Sunny Puletasi, Siaosi Hala'api'api and 6th Year Senior Patrick Mertens had no problem with learning the system of new defensive coordinator Steve Stanard.
"Regardless of what scheme they've played or what success they've had, the important part of having returning guys is they've been on the field when the bullets are for real," said Cowboys New Defensive Coordinator Steve Stanard.
"Some of us has been playing together for 2 maybe 3 seasons so it kinda helps the cohesiveness of the group," Patrick Mertens, who is a 6th year Senior Defensive Tackle, about being on the D-Line with people he has played with for multiple seasons.
And Yarbrough promises one thing for the upcoming season
"I'm going to try. Don't think for 1 second that's not in my mind that I NEED to taste the end zone so I am going to put my best foot forward and we're going to see what we got," Yarbrough said about scoring a touchdown. He had 2 chances to score a touchdown off fumble recoveries last season.
Your First Chance to see the new but experienced D-Line is August 30th at home vs Montana.