Maybe even a backup quarterback could return kicks for the Cowboys right now.
“They opened a hole anybody could run through,” kick returner Dwayne Harris said of his 90-yard kickoff return, one of the special teams plays he made to help the Cowboys in their 31-16 victory against the Washington Redskins. “Kyle Orton came up and told me he could have run through it.”
Harris chuckled. “I said, ‘Alright.’ So I definitely could have run through it.”
Harris ran through it, certainly, and got the ball to the 15-yard line, where two plays later, Tony Romo hit Terrance Williams for a touchdown that put the Cowboys ahead 21-9 in the third quarter.
Harris took care of another touchdown by himself. He scored on an 86-yard punt return in the second quarter that became the fifth-longest such play in team history. It also topped a 78-yarder he returned for a touchdown last year in Philadelphia.
“Well, the guys up front, they did a great job,” Harris said of his punt return. “Brandon Carr, I seen him pushing the guy outside the numbers, and Orlando Scandrick – all the other guys, they did a great job of blocking. Like I say, I don’t do nothing but run the ball. They open up the lanes for me.”
Harris’ punt return average went to 23.6 on eight returns for the season.
On kickoff returns, his average went to 34.7 on nine returns.
“I was a great returner in college, so I embrace this role,” Harris said. “Whatever I can do to help this team win, if it’s going out and making tackles on a kickoff or punt or returning the ball on a kickoff or a punt, that’s what I’m going to do.”
-- Carlos Mendez