Friday, January 4, 2008

Late-night news and notes.

It’s not new news by now, but Roy Williams was named as Sean Taylor’s replacement on the NFC Pro Bowl team on Thursday.

Even though that officially makes Williams the starter now, I wonder if the NFC is going to send only ten men out on the field on their first defensive play of the game, much like the Redskins did when they took the field against Buffalo, their first game after Taylor passed away.

Williams’ addition gives the Cowboys a dozen Pro Bowlers, adding to their league-high total.

There’s also another bit of Williams news, as he’ll be changing his number from 31 to 38 next season, going back to the number that he wore when he was at Oklahoma. He’d worn 31 since his rookie year, when Duane Hawthorne, and then Lynn Scott had the number, and now, after it’s been available for a couple of seasons, he’s finally going back to it. According to the Cowboys’ official site, nice guy Roy didn’t make the change until now for several reasons, one being that he didn’t want Jerry Jones to lose any money from all of the #31 jerseys in circulation. So, if you haven’t gotten one by now, get one before they go off the shelves.

The former Sooner star could have come in handy for his old team on Wednesday night in their Fiesta Bowl loss to West Virginia.

Speaking of the BCS, the Cowboys have several players who played in BCS bowls during their collegiate careers, with Williams (2000 season with OU), Marcus Spears (2003 season with LSU), and Bobby Carpenter (2002 season with Ohio State) all being part of national championship teams.

With LSU and Ohio State set to face off for the national championship on Monday night, could there be a friendly wager between Spears and fellow LSU alum Bradie James and Ohio State alums Carpenter and Terry Glenn?

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