Caleb McSurdy takes fullback snaps

IRVING, Texas -- Caleb McSurdy did not need to be asked twice to play some fullback Tuesday.

With Lawrence Vickers recovering from back surgery, the Cowboys turned to McSurdy, a linebacker, to play fullback in short-yardage and goal-line situations.

“I met with the tight ends for like half of a position meeting and then went back to the linebackers,” McSurdy said. “It was only five or six plays they had me look at but, yeah, it was a lot of fun just being out there. Offense, defense, special teams, if you’re playing ball, you’re playing ball.”

When the Cowboys worked out McSurdy prior to taking him in the seventh round of the 2012 draft, it was almost exclusively as a fullback. But he did not take a snap there before tearing his Achilles in training camp.

“Who was the guy at Stanford? Owen Marecic?” McSurdy said. “If that’s what they want, I’ll do it.”

Marecic was used primarily as a fullback in his first three seasons at Stanford. In his junior year, Marecic was brought in as an inside linebacker in short-yardage situations. He became a full-time linebacker his senior season.

McSurdy said he is just about 100 percent after the Achilles injury and is done with the rehab process. He and Barry Church went through the same rehab process together.

“I’m thankful they gave me another shot,” McSurdy said.

Either at linebacker or fullback.