The rookie season has not been the one Chidobe Awuzie envisioned back in April.
When the Dallas Cowboys used their second-round pick on Awuzie, they knew they had a versatile playmaker for this secondary. The biggest strength of Awuzie is that he was able to play all over the secondary with his versatility on the football field. He played every position in the secondary at the University of Colorado. Whether it was in the slot or outside, Awuzie seemed to have the advantage
After suffering a hamstring injury during his first NFL training camp, the former Colorado star never got going. He would reinjure that hamstring in week two at Denver, and miss the next two games. He has missed a total of six games, but got his first start this past Thursday against Washington.
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Injuries were not a common thing for Awuzie in college. As a matter of fact, he never dealt with the injury bug in college. Therefore, these six games he has missed have been very frustrating for the young cornerback (via Star-Telegram).
“I felt like I made an impact on the game, that’s all you can try to do in this league, especially as a rookie,” said Awuzie, who was among a handful of players at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth on Monday as part of the team’s annual holiday hospital visits.
“Just try to make a positive impact on the game. Hopefully I can build from there.”
In his first start as a pro, Awuzie was nearly perfect. He allowed zero receptions to his man, along with getting his hands on a pair of passes intended for Josh Doctson of the Redskins. He also forced an incompletion to another WR, making him the second Cowboys player to have three passes defensed in the same game this year.
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The young rookie felt like his first start in the league went well.
“I though things went pretty decent,” Awuzie said. “Obviously we got the win, that’s all you can really wish for. Hopefully we can keep this train going.”
How do you think the rookie’s first start went on Thursday?