Tashard Choice is in his 2nd year out of Georgia Tech and had a great game last Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. He was a pivotal piece in the Cowboys offense as the passing game sputtered for a 2nd straight game. With Terrell Owens gone to Buffalo, this Cowboys offense is having a tough time getting the ball to its wide receivers. Thankfully they have 3 great running backs in Marion “The Barbarian” Barber, Felix Jones and Tashard Choice. With Marion and Felix both out of the game with injuries, it was up to Tashard to make the best of this opportunity and help the team win. He finished with 18 carries for 82 yards and added a 2-point conversion. The one thing that stood out is that the Cowboys hade zero turnovers in the game. Tashard isn’t one to turn the ball over as he once carried the ball for 341 consecutive times without a fumble at Georgia Tech. If Marion and Felix can’t go this Sunday, the Cowboys know they can count on this gritty running back from Jonesboro, GA.
Tashard Choice joined WQXI in Atlanta to talk about whether he is going to start against Denver, the NFL’s depth chart and the reason why there are 3 running backs listed on the active roster, his mindset knowing he is behind Felix Jones and Marion Barber, what it is like during the week as a backup and whether you just get mental reps, what Tony Romo is like during practice after having a bad game the previous week, and the running backs role early in the season.
On whether he is going to start against Denver:
“I don’t know. Our first day of coming in is actually today so we will see how everything is going to go and pan out this week. So your guess is as good as mine right now.”
On the NFL’s depth chart and the reason why there are 3 running backs listed on the active roster:
“Absolutely. Especially at the running back position and at the position where you can go down at any time. If somebody gets hurt and whatever play is called you will have your opportunity to get into the game to prove yourself and see what you can do.”
On his mindset knowing he is behind Felix Jones and Marion Barber:
“The big this is that you have to tell yourself that I know that I can play in this league and you have to understand your role so in a sense they understand knowing that I can play as a football player. They have been putting me in on third down situations. That is what I have been doing when everybody is healthy so you have to tell yourself to stay patient. Last Monday, when the name is called and you have the opportunity to go you have to make sure you shine and give them more opportunities to make you play and have them put you into football games.”
On what Tony Romo is like during practice after having a bad game the previous week:
“You know when he criticized himself after the Giants game that he didn’t have a good game and that he corrected himself. He came back the next week and made sure that he practiced really hard. The guy works really hard in practice and so he came back the nest week and his mindframe was: Let’s go out there and play hard, I am not going to turn the ball over and let’s go out here and get a win. I guess the whole team pretty much followed that.”
On the running backs role early in the season:
“Yeah it’s cool. The offensive line and those guys are blocking really well. Man they are really exerting themselves as being the powerhouse of our football team. Once those guys upfront are doing their job it makes it way easier for us to go out there and run the football and make big plays for our offense.”