3rd Position The Charm: Cowboys' Woods Transitions to Defensive End
Laramie, Wyo. -- The Cowboys like the depth that has developed at running back in their pre-season workouts.
How much do they like it? Enough that Trey Woods, who began his freshman year as a linebacker and finished it as the top running back on the team, is moving the transition to defensive end.
"We think he’s got some really good athleticism," said head coach Craig Bohl. "I think that is where he’ll end up staying, but we want to give him a good hard look as we go through the rest of camp.
“We think Trey has great promise as a defensive player. He’s more of an outside linebacker, and a lot of times that is what we play with there (at defensive end). Sometimes they will have their hand in the dirt, and sometimes they’ll stand up."
Bohl said part of the decision has been the development of redshirt sophomore Kellen Overstreet, senior Nico Evans, freshman Jevon Bigelow and redshirt freshman Xazavian Valladay.
Bigelow rushed for 1,535 yards and 16 touchdowns on 185 carries for Fresno Central High School last year.
“There is real promise with him," said Bohl. "He’s got good quickness and good vision. He’s got good size. I think he’s about 215 right now, and those are the type of tailbacks we like."
Overstreet, who has been limited by injury last spring and in pre-season camp, was second on the team in rushing last year, and really emerged in the final two games of the season. He rushed for 139 of his regular-season 481 yards at San Jose State in the final regular-season game,and added 85 yards against Central Michigan in the Famous Potato Bowl.
Evans was primarily the team's third-down running back a year ago, where an emphasis was on his blocking ability, but his role will be expanded in 2018.
“Nico Evans has had a great offseason and it’s showing," said Bohl. "We’ve seen some good things from him in scrimmages when he’s had the ball in his hands, and he does a nice job in pass protection.”