Emmitt Smith never played at Cowboys Stadium, but Cyrus Gray still thought of his hero during Dallas Day workouts there.
"Emmitt Smith was my guy," Gray said Thursday. "Seeing Emmitt Smith and what he did for the Cowboys was a blessing, and getting the opportunity to stand in the middle of the star and perform in front of the guys there was awesome."
The Texas A&M running back was among the local invitees to Dallas Day workouts Thursday. He was joined by A&M receiver Jeff Fuller, Oklahoma cornerback Jamell Fleming, TCU linebacker Tank Carder, TCU defensive end Braylon Broughton, LSU cornerback Ron Brooks and Tarleton State quarterback Nick Stephens, among others.
The Cowboys could use a third running back. DeMarco Murray won the starting job after being a third-round pick last season, but he is coming off a fractured right ankle that ended his season early. Felix Jones has an injury history and enters 2012 in the final year of his contract. Phillip Tanner made the roster last year as an undrafted free agent, but ended up on injured reserve after 22 carries.
It is unlikely, though, that the Cowboys would draft a running back as high as Gray might go. He is projected as a third-round pick. But it would be a dream come true for him if it happened.
"I've been hearing different things like that [that they need another running back]," said Gray, who is from DeSoto. "It would be special to obviously come back and represent Dallas. At the same time, you never know what's going to happen."
-- Charean Williams