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Columbus Whetstone product Owusu-Ansah doing well with Cowboys

 

Akwasi Owusu-Ansah (Cowboys media guide photo)

Whetstone High School graduate Akwasi Owusu-Ansah was drafted last season in the 4th round of the NFL draft, 126th overall pick from small-college Indiana University of Pennsylvania as a cornerback. IUP is an NCAA Division II football program.

Currently 23 years old, the 6’0, 207-pounder joined the Dallas Cowboys last year while recovering from shoulder surgery. When he became healthy, he played on special teams until getting hurt again.

This year with the lockout, having a new defensive coordinator and playbook to learn, Owusu-Ansah showed up at training camp actually starting over again like a rookie.

He is currently starting at free safety for America’s Team until the Cowboys can find someone with more experience.

Known to everybody as Kwasi, he graduated in 2006 from Whetstone. He is the Braves career leading rusher for yards and touchdowns and led the team to their first back-to-back winning seasons in 10 years. As a senior, Kwasi was an all-Ohio honorable mention player.

 

compiled from staff, Radio, TV & Dallas Cowboys media guide info

 

Former NHL star Sakic makes $1 million with hole-in-one`

 

Joe Sakic with Colorado in 1997 (photo by Hakah Dahlstrom via wikipedia commons)

Former NHL star Joe Sakic used to be one of the league’s top scorers. Now in retirement, he is showing that he is pretty good in the game of celebrity golf.

Sakic made a $1 million hole-in -one on the par-3 17th hole at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Lake Tahoe in Stateline, Nevada.

The former Colorado Avalanche star used an 8-iron on the 162-yard hole.

Sakic took half of the money and donated the other half of $500,000 to Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong Foundation.

Actor/Singer Jack Wagner held off Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo 80-77 in the modified Stableford scoring format.

 

Info compiled from staff & golf news

Ex-Buckeyes star Ron Springs dead at 54

Ron Springs (file photo)

Former Ohio State running back Ron Springs died last week in a Dallas hospital. He had been in a coma since October 12, 2007, when surgery to remove a cyst from his forearm went wrong. leaving his brain impared.

Springs, who was 54, led OSU in rushing with 1,166 yards in 1977 and ranks 18th all-time with 2,140. He played from 1976-1978 with the Buckeyes after transferring from Coffeyville Community College in Kansas.

Former UCLA coach Dick Vermeil felt that Springs was the best running back since O.J. Simpson while at Coffeyville and tried to recruit him but Ohio State and Woody Hayes beat him to the punch.

The father of former Ohio State cornerback Shawn Springs, Ron was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round in the 1979 NFL draft, and played six seasons in Dallas as Tony Dorsett’s blocking fullback. He then played two years with Tampa Bay.

During his career, Springs scored 28 touchdowns, gaining 2,519 yards rushing and 2,259 yards receiving.

Prior to the 2007 setback which left him in a coma for 3 1/2 years, Springs had went through several health setbacks including diabetes, kidney failure, an organ transplant and amputation of his lower right leg.

He is survived by Shawn and his wife, Adriane.

 

compiled from staff, NFL, Dallas Cowboys, Radio & TV news

Pasqualoni hired to replace Edsall at UConn

Paul Pasqualoni (courtesy of Syracuse athletics)

He used to coach against the UConn Huskies when he was at rival Syracuse University as the head coach.

Now, Paul Pasqualoni will be heading back to the Big East Conference as head coach at Connecticut.

He replaces long-time head coach Randy Edsall left to head the Maryland Terrapins football program.

Pasqualoni had been the Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator. He compiled a  107-59-1 record in 14 years at Syracuse before being fired after the 2004 season.

Info courtesy of University of Connecticut

Jason Garrett rewarded for 5-3 interim record; gets 4-year deal

Jason Garrett (Dallas media guide photo)

44-year-old Jason Garrett made Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ decision easier by going 5-3 as the interim coach. He took over a team that had been 1-7 under Wade Phillips. All of the players said he was the right fit for the team.

Garrett will remain the coach of the Cowboys after Jones removed the interim tag and made him the eighth head coach in the team’s history.

He is the first head coach to have also played for the Cowboys. He was a backup QB in the 1990′s.

compiled from staff, NFL & Dallas Cowboys news

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