Notes, Quotes

The Sports Xchange

April 29, 2018 at 10:44 pm.

–The Cowboys continued their Boise State connection with the selection of linebacker Leighton Vander Esch in the first round and receiver Cedrick Wilson in the sixth round. Cornerback Orlando Scandrick started it in 2008 when he was taken in the fifth round. They then took defensive end Tyrone Crawford in the third round in 2012. In 2014, they traded up to get defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence in the second round. The Cowboys like the edge that the players from Boise State bring to the table.

“There is something about that program that grows them the right way,” head coach Jason Garrett said. “It is competitive; it is hard working. A lot of those guys are a little bit under the radar as they are coming out of high school, and so there is a hunger to them. We had that with Orlando Scandrick, Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence, Kellen Moore. You could keep going. We’ve had a lot of success with those guys and it just seems like Leighton is exactly like the rest of them. He loves ball, has a chip on his shoulder and is a driven guy in everything in his life. We are excited about that part of it.”

–Guard Connor Williams overcame weight issues and bullying as a child.

He recalls classmates picking on him, verbally and physically, whether it was being called “fat” or jokes about a speech impediment. He remembers having weekend plans with “friends” falling through often, leaving him and his dad going to the movies together.

Williams plans to use his platform as a member of the Cowboys to serve as an inspiration for any children going through similar bullying issues.

“People need to hear it,” Williams said. “There was a story on NFL Network a couple of months ago, there was so much positive feedback; kids who actually went through the adversity or parents reaching out saying, ‘My kid is going through this adversity.’

“It shows them how to help them through it. If there’s people who need help like that, I’m going to do it all day long to help them.”