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Chidobe Awuzie shines in first NFL start

The Cowboys felt good about their second-round pick last night.

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If you watched Thursday nights Redskins-Cowboys game, you probably heard NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth mention the name Chidobe Awuzie. If you’re a fan of the Colorado Buffaloes, you know the name all too well. Hampered by a nagging hamstring injury since week two, the Cowboys rookie cornerback made his first NFL start and did not disappoint. Awuzie finished with just three total tackles and one ‘official’ pass breakup, but made a number of plays which caused quite a stir on twitter.

David Helman, Staff writer for

Mike Fisher, Cowboys insider 105.3 The Fan

Pro Football Focus

Derek Eagleton, Sr. Director of Media & Programming, Dallas Cowboys

Marcus Mosher, Featured Columnist @BleacherReport covering the Dallas Cowboys

Jonah Tuls, NFL Draft analyst for @NDTScoutingLLC

Dallas’ second round selection even received some love from former Cowboys great Drew Pearson, the man who announced (link to video ) Awuzie’s pick in this past April’s NFL Draft.

Last season at Colorado, Awuzie was part of Buffaloes pass defense that ranked second in the Pac-12 and 20th nationally allowing 193.6 yards per game. In four years at Colorado (2013-’16), Awuzie tallied 273 total tackles – 226 of which were solo - and set CU records for most sacks (9) and tackles for loss (26) by a defensive back. The San Jose, Calif. native also finished his career with three interceptions and 37 passes deflected.