I admit it. I made fun of the Cowboys for spending a fifth-round draft pick on a kickoff specialist in 2008. But former USC kicker David Buehler has been the best draft pick from that class and he led the NFL in touchbacks this season with 29. In fact, he broke Lin Elliot's team-record of 28 in the Cowboys' season finale.
I used my weekly ESPNDallas.com column to discuss young Buehler's work. Here's a portion of the column:
"Some of you may have noticed that Buehler began a wild celebration Saturday when reserve wide receiver Kevin Ogletree raced down the field on a kickoff in the first quarter and destroyed Eagles return man Victor "Macho" Harris. The Eagles' starting safety was forced to leave the game. I asked Buehler what led to his wild display that brought back memories of Martin Gramatica, a man who could celebrate the smallest of achievements."
Ogletree's my roommate and he'd been telling me all week that he was going to have a huge hit on special teams," said Buehler. "I didn't expect that at all, because it's not like he's a real physical guy. I just got really excited for him."