Defensive end Ben Bass started only one game as a senior at Texas A&M last season. Yet, the longest of long shots has made it to an NFL roster.
The Cowboys promoted Bass from the practice squad Wednesday to take the place of defensive end Kenyon Coleman, who had season-ending surgery on his left triceps Tuesday.
"Great example of a guy who came in and just took advantage of an opportunity," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said of Bass. "You try to draft guys as well as you can draft them, and then you sign guys as well as you can sign them afterwards, and I think you know a lot more about some than you do others. He was a guy that we liked, but literally from Day 1, he came in and showed us that he belonged here in some way shape or form. He really took advantage of opportunities. He learned. He grew before your eyes. He just made a lot of plays, both defending the run and rushing the passer. He was a guy who kind of came from nowhere, certainly from obscurity and showed us that he deserved to be on this football team. He did a really good job."
Bass had 26 tackles, two sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss last season. The Plano native was not drafted and no team offered him a free-agent contract. But a tryout during the Cowboys' rookie mini-camp earned him a shot at training camp.
The Cowboys have promoted three players from the practice squad this season. Linebacker Orie Lemon and cornerback Vince Agnew are previous practice-squad players called up, though Lemon now is on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.
The Cowboys signed former Arkansas linebacker Jerry Franklin and former Hawaii defensive lineman Tevita Finau to the practice squad. Franklin had been with Carolina and Finau with Philadelphia.
-- Charean Williams