Escobar shrugs off lack of college starts

IRVING, Texas -- Gavin Escobar, the Cowboys' second-round pick, dismissed the notion he didn't start every game the past two seasons at San Diego State.

Escobar, who elected to enter the draft after his redshirt junior season, started 11 games the past two seasons. He didn't have great overall numbers, including his 543 receiving yards as a junior, but he picked up 13 touchdowns over the two-season span.

"It's all based on the scheme," Escobar said when asked about his lack of starts. "There's different packages I might be in, and, also, the start of the game might not really be the tight end is playing the majority of the downs."

When Escobar decided to enter the draft, NFL scouts told his college coach, Rocky Long, he was projected to go in the third round. At the time, Long said of Escobar's decision to the San Diego Union-Tribune: "I never know if it’s a good or bad decision. I let the young man and his family decide. I gave him my opinion and want him to make that decision. I told him we wanted him to come back and the benefits of coming back, but families do a good job of deciding these things."

Escobar did finish his career leading the team in receiving in 2012, and his 17 career touchdowns placed him 11th on the school's all-time list. Escobar also became the 26th player in school history to register 100 receptions during a career.

"It was a great journey this last season," Escobar said. "We finished as co-champions [of the Mountain West conference], and I had a great time. A lot of good players, they like using tight ends, so it was great for me."