With the 2013 season now a few weeks old, it’s time to dig into some numbers.
Two weeks ago, I looked at the impact the senior class made in their careers. But what about the Cowboys who saw their first game action in 2013?
Here’s a look at how those players fared in their debut seasons:
Marcell Ateman, receiver
Stats: 22 catches, 276 yards
A huge target on the outside who looks poised to become a legitimate playmaker.
Rennie Childs, running back
Stats: 41 carries, 189 yards, one touchdown
Showed flashes of explosiveness, most notably in the Cowboys’ win against TCU.
Ben Grogan, kicker
Stats: 11-of-18 field goals
Struggled in his first season, particularly early on. He famously clanked one kick off the right upright in Morgantown and had two attempts blocked (one returned for a touchdown). He went 4-of-4 (including two 41-yarders) in the Cowboys’ final six regular-season games but missed a 34-yarder in the Cotton Bowl.
Deric Robertson, safety
Stats: Four tackles
Most notably forced into second-half defensive duty at Texas Tech.
Jordan Sterns, safety
Stats: 13 tackles
Another young defensive back who provided depth and played on special teams.
Eric Davis, defensive tackle
Stats: One tackle
Made the transition from end to tackle in 2013.
Victor Irokansi, defensive end
Primary action came on special teams.
Seth Jacobs, linebacker
Stats: 11 tackles
The former four-star recruit will need to step into a bigger role with three linebackers departing.
Paul Lewis, offensive lineman
One of the rotating pieces at right guard at the beginning of the season.
Eammanuel Ogbah, defensive end
Stats: 20 tackles (5.5 for loss), four sacks, four quarterback hurries, one fumble recovery
Size and speed off the edge made him one of the defense’s top young playmakers; Likely frontrunner to replace Tyler Johnson as a starter in 2014.
Dominic Ramacher, linebacker
Stats: Six tackles
Transitioned from fullback to linebacker and was a contributor on special teams.
Jhajuan Seales, receiver
Stats: 39 catches, 571 yards, three touchdowns
An athletic speedster with great hands and big-play potential; Could be the Cowboys’ No. 1 target in 2014.
Jeremiah Tshimanga, defensive end
Stats: One tackle, one quarterback hurry
Saw first action after coming off a season-ending knee injury suffered in fall camp in 2012; transitioned from linebacker to end and played on special teams.
Zac Veatch, offensive lineman/tight end
Became more involved late in the season, when the Cowboys used more tight end sets.
Michael Wilson, offensive lineman
Began the season as a backup guard, but slipped down the depth chart.
Junior college transfers
Brandon Garrett, offensive lineman
A part-time starter at right tackle; Will be most remembered for gruesomely breaking his leg early in the Cotton Bowl.
Ofa Hautau, defensive tackle
Stats: Eight tackles (two for loss), one sack
Factored heavily into the rotation; Candidate to start in 2014.
Colby Hegwood, offensive lineman
A late addition to the 2013 class who played sparingly in his first season.
Sam Wren, defensive end
Stats: 22 tackles (two for loss), 0.5 sacks, one forced fumble
Rotation player who could be in the mix to start in 2014
Kip Smith, punter
Stats: 39.6 yards per punt, 21 touchbacks on 90 kickoffs
An inconsistent debut, though he helped the Cowboys lead the Big 12 in kickoff coverage (40.8 net average).
Tyler Patmon, cornerback
Stats: 30 tackles (four for loss), one interception, nine pass breakups, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery
One of the most pleasant surprises of the season, Patmon became a valuable member of the secondary and perhaps delivered the play of the season when he scooped up a Bryce Petty fumble and returned it 78 yards for the touchdown that essentially clinched OSU’s win over Baylor.
Derek Branson, fullback
Stats: one blocked kick
Grant Canis, offensive lineman
Daniel Cooley, defensive tackle
Deonte Cruse, defensive lineman
Stats: One tackle
DeShawn Franklin, safety
Kevin King, kicker
Stats: One kickoff, 58 yards
Nate Miller, receiver
Bryant Reber, cornerback
Steve Sumpter, linebacker
Stats: One pass breakup