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Is DT Quinton Bohanna a Rising Star on Cowboys Defense?

While we've yet to see anyone in a real game this season, there are early signs from , , and other sources of whose stock is rising on the roster. One player that has quietly but clearly ascended is Defensive , who may now have a much larger impact on the in 2022 than we expected.

Back in April, some assumed Bohanna might not even be on the roster this year after Dallas drafted in the 5th round. With and the assumed future at the , as veteran depth, and still lingering about, Bohanna felt like the early odd man out.

That assumption didn't allow for Quinton, a 6th-round pick in 2021, to take a big step forward in his second season. But it's starting to look like that's exactly what the Kentucky product has done.

A few weeks ago, David Helman made the following observation:

After years of struggling against the run, getting a bigger body in the middle of the defensive front is a logical step for Dallas. Bohanna is listed as 6'4″ and 360 lbs. on the team's official website; easily the largest man current on the payroll.

But size isn't everything. Raw power can make up for some technical issues, but being effective against high-caliber offensive linemen requires skill on top of physicality.

Apparently, Quinton has been adding technique to his natural traits. It led to this surprise a few days ago when the Cowboys released their first unofficial of 2022.

It went unheralded by Todd Archer, but notice Bohanna listed as a starting DT along with Odighizuwa. From projections that had him not even making the roster, or at least being at the bottom of the depth chart, this is a dramatic leap for Quinton.

If you had any thoughts about this being an oversight, typo, or some sort of intentional misdirection, threw some water on that with his own comments yesterday.

Not Odighizuwa or Gallimore; Parsons called out Bohanna as an impact player among the young tackles. While Micah could be a little biased toward a guy from his own draft class, Dallas' defensive superstar generally doesn't mince words or play politics in his comments.

Taken together, all of this points to Quinton Bohanna making a surprising second-year surge. His coaches and teammates are clearly seeing something, and we hope to see it this Sunday night as the Cowboys open their season against Tampa Bay.

If nothing else, I need more of the nickname “Big Q” in my life. Let's keep that going!

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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