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November 11, 2012

Dwayne Harris, grabbing punt-return job in style, knew he was going to get past McBriar

Dwayne Harris is making a convincing case with his punt returning.

Last week against Atlanta, he almost broke the first punt return of the game.

Sunday against Philadelphia, he did. He returned a punt 78 yards for a touchdown. He is averaging 18.9 yards on eight returns, and his sure hands have given the Cowboys confidence in him ever since he took over for Dez Bryant.

“Oftentimes, he is described as a guy who is back there that is pretty solid with the ball, that you can trust him in catching the football, but I think he showed all of us he can do a little more than that,” head coach Jason Garrett said. “He is a strong runner, he has good vision, and he is an outstanding returner. Obviously, a huge play in the game for us.”

The 78-yard return put the Cowboys ahead 24-17 on the opening series of the fourth quarter, moments after the Cowboys had tied the game on Bryant’s 30-yard touchdown catch.

Harris said he knew right away the return could go for a touchdown.

“As soon as it left his foot, I seen Orlando block his man inside, gave me the sideline,” Harris said.

From there, Danny McCray did the rest, sealing off punter Mat McBriar, a former teammate.

“I just know Mat,” Harris said. “He’s not the type of guy who will come down and make a tackle. A lot of kickers aren’t really tacklers. He was just trying his best to get in the way.

“Danny just fought him, let me have the sideline. From there, it was the end zone. Six.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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The Young Brigade such as Hanna, Cole Beasley, Harris & Dunbar need to see the field much more often. Cole Beasley bought energy to the team straight from the first drive when Romo led a TD drive but then Garrett seemingly ignored him. Garrett needs to understand that these young players can help the team win most of the remaining games against teams with a deficit record.

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