For the Jose Altuve’s, Spud Webb’s and Darren Sproles’s of the sports world, they were always counted out for one sole reason: size. While measurables and athletic testing are all fine and dandy, and a necessary means of the process, with the lack of size brings something else: a chip on the shoulder.
Dorian Cowart Jr. could be the next in line of the “too small” brand to breakout and prove the haters wrong. Cowart has been told he’s “not big enough”, “not strong enough” and “not fast enough”, which has just added to his fire, making him want it even more and providing that oversized chip on his shoulder.
I had the pleasure of talking to the South Dakota Hardrockers product, and while the odds are certainly stacked against him, I know for a fact he will give everything he has to an organization if they’re willing to take a chance on him.
Q: Listed at 5’7’’/190, size will sure to be a knock against you in hour transition to the next level. What in particular stands out about your game that will make teams see through your size?
A: What stands out about me is my versatility, my ability to play other positions on the find such as slot. And returning kicks on special teams . My big play ability to make defenders miss in open space and my home run ability when I get daylight.
Q: I read that a couple of your favorite athletes are Ray Rice and Darren Sproles. What would you say about their impact on the game? Would you say they’ve given you hope as a running back on the smaller side?
A: Both Darren Sproles and Ray Rice impact the game because they are not only agile runners but they can hit a team in the passing game as well when the win their matchups against LBs. Also Darren’s return ability also changes the nature of a game. They have given me hope because despite their height they were successful in their careers.
Q: What has been the most memorable moment for you so far during your playing career?
A: My most memorable moment was having 110+ receiving yards and a TD to help us win our first ever rivalry game against Colorado Mines.
Q: Sell yourself to an NFL GM. Why should he take a chance on Dorian Cowart Jr.?
A: I believe you should take a chance on me not only for my ability to make big plays on the field but also my character on and off the field . I’m very humbled and if given an opportunity to play I wouldn’t do anything harmful that could jeopardize me or the team.
Q: Have you performed in any offseason All Star games? How did you perform?
A: I participated in the National Bowl on December 10th and I also played in the Dream Bowl during mid January. I was looking forward to competing and showcasing my skills with some of the best players in the country and I feel I did a good job of showcasing my various skillsets.
Q: At your size, the 40 yard dash is pivotal. What do you expect to run?
A: With my size I’m expecting to run a high 4.4 -low 4.5.
Q: What is your take on UCF? Do you think the committee got it right with their 4 teams?
A: UCF had been solid all of last season , and to finish the season with a win against Auburn I would have like to see them compete for the national championship.