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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Senior Bowl notes: Memories of Ware


MOBILE, Ala. -- When you coach for a long time, which is the case for Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, you have quite a few memories.

Kiffin had one when he was coaching the defense in the 2005 Senior Bowl as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers staff.

Ware
There was this defensive end named DeMarcus Ware, who was playing in the game from Troy, and former Cowboys' coach Bill Parcells made a request of Kiffin.

"I was on the sidelines, and Rod (Marinelli) had a hip replacement," Kiffin said Monday. "So I had to do the defensive line, too. Parcells was here and a long time ago, he was at Texas Tech and I was at Arkansas when we were college coaches. He asked me, 'Do you mind standing one guy up and rush a couple of times?' I said that's OK. We stood him up and the rest is history."

Interesting to note that while Parcells did draft Ware in the first round for his 3-4 scheme, he turned him into a outside linebacker. Kiffin, in his first year with the Cowboys, moved Ware back to a defensive end in the 4-3 scheme.

LSU safety is Cowboys fan: LSU safety Craig Loston, a Houston native, said he's a fan of not only the Cowboys but the Baltimore Ravens as well. Loston returned for his senior season to not only graduate but to improve his skills as a free safety. He finished the 2013 season tied for the team lead with three interceptions and finished sixth with 57 total tackles. "I thought about coming out but I had personal goals I wanted to experience and I just wasn't ready to leave LSU," Loston said. "I love LSU and I wanted to experience my last year and I wanted to reach personal goals and graduate, so a lot of reasons why I stayed. I enjoyed my last year." Loston said he had a meeting scheduled with the Miami Dolphins on Monday night. With the Cowboys in need of upgrading the defensive back position, specifically safety, Loston might be someone to look at. Loston is listed as 6-2, but measured at 6-foot at the Senior Bowl.

New practice facility update: Jerry Jones said the new $115 million practice facility in Frisco hasn't set a groundbreaking date just yet. Jones said there is still more planning to do for the 20-acres of land which will house a 12,000 seat indoor stadium, two outdoor practice fields, the training headquarters plus various other buildings which includes a hotel.

Notes: Former Cowboys' receivers coach Jimmy Robinson is attending practices this week after taking a year off from coaching. Robinson coached the receivers for two seasons before leaving for personal and health reasons. ... Tennessee defensive tackle Dan McCullers, 6-6, 348 pounds, had the longest wingspan, 85 1/2 inches and measured 10 5/8 hand width with a 35 5/8 arm length. ... Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who will be compared to Tony Romo, measured in at 6-2 and 219 pounds.