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Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Cowboys to work out punter David Harrington

By Calvin Watkins

The Cowboys are expected to try out 10 to 12 players at this weekend's rookie minicamp. Punter David Harrington is one of them.

Harrington punted for two seasons at Idaho State, where he was a two-time first-team all Big Sky selection. He averaged 46.2 yards a punt in two seasons and in 2011 averaged 48.7 yards.

Chris Jones is the only punter on the Cowboys' roster and last year's regular punter, Mat McBriar, is still on the free-agent market. McBriar is recovering from offseason leg surgery and at some point has to show NFL teams he can punt on a consistent basis.

But with McBriar not here, the Cowboys might want to bring in some competition for Jones. He had only 10 punts on the season filling in for an injured McBriar, but he averaged 42.6 yards per attempt and had four land inside the 20.

McBriar was placed on injured reserve prior to the regular-season finale at the New York Giants. Jones punted six times in that game and averaged 42.3 yards, including a 54-yarder.

Harrington's final season at Idaho State was strong. He had 29 punts of 50 or more yards and 17 land inside the 20.