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Saturday, April 30, 2011
David Arkin plays with chip on shoulder

By Calvin Watkins

IRVING -- Cowboys fourth-round pick guard David Arkin said he plays with a chip on his shoulder and has a bit of a mean streak.

Arkin, born in Wichita, Kan., wasn't highly recruited coming out of high school and was disappointed bigger schools such as Kansas and Kansas State didn't come after him.

Arkin got only one Division I scholarship offer and that was from Missouri State.

"It's something that definitely helped put a chip on my shoulder coming out of high school that I didn't get offers from any of these local teams," Arkin said. "It worked out for the best, but it was something that motivated me."

Arkin, who said he can play guard and tackle, but prefers the play inside, was redshirted his freshman season in college so he can gain weight. During that season he was named the team's Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year award.

In 2010, his senior season, Arkin earned first-team all-conference honors and graded out at 87 percent for the season with 82 knockdown blocks.

"I think I was a decent player coming out of high school but I was a late bloomer physically," he said. "I got bigger and stronger and I kind of grew into my body."