5 Things to Know About Cowboys’ Rookie Linebacker Chris Covington
Chris Covington was drafted by the Cowboys in the 6th round (#193 overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft. Here are “5 Things to Know” about the former college quarterback who is now competing for a spot at linebacker for the Cowboys.
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Covington was a College Quarterback
Covington began his career at Indiana University at quarterback, then switched to linebacker during his sophomore season. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, he was a dual-threat run/pass quarterback as well as a defensive back in high school. Although he was recruited by Indiana to play defense, he began his career as the backup quarterback to starter Nate Sudfeld (who is now the Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback behind Carson Wentz and Nick Foles).
Which Linebacker Position Will He Play for the Cowboys?
Covington didn’t become a starter at linebacker until his senior year. He was Indiana’s middle linebacker. But which position will he play for the Cowboys?
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Leighton Vander Esch, the Cowboys’ 1st-round draft pick, will be competing for the starting middle linebacker position with Jaylon Smith. Therefore, it’s more likely that Covington will play an outside linebacker position. During Cowboys Rookie Camp, he was getting some snaps at WILL (weakside). The starter at that position is Sean Lee. Once OTAs and Minicamp roll around, Covington will be able to learn directly from Lee.
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Special Teams is Covington’s Key to Making the Cowboys 53-man Roster
Special teams are the way for any rookie to make an NFL squad, especially at linebacker. A young, backup linebacker must be able to play coverage units, meaning that Covington is going to have to prove to special teams coordinator Keith O’Quinn that he will be a good player at covering kickoffs and punts.
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If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again
A really cool story about Covington written by Justin Breen of DNAinfo Chicago, is about Covington, a kid from the West side of Chicago, making it to college. He was the first football player from his high school, Raby H.S., to earn a Division I scholarship. But it wasn’t easy for Covington.
Covington needed an ACT score of 19 to be accepted to Indiana. The national average is 20. On his first try, he scored only a 14. So, he re-took the test. He scored an 18. But he kept studying and getting extra academic help. The third time was a charm. He reached his magic number, 19, on his third try.
Covington and his mom, Sheneesha, are very proud that he will be the first of five children in his family to graduate college. A liberal arts major, he hopes to one day work in broadcasting and return to the West side to help kids who will hopefully follow in his footsteps and go to college.
This Will Make You Feel Old
Covington was born in January 1996, just three weeks before the Cowboys beat the Steelers in Super Bowl XXX. Basically, the Cowboys haven’t been to the Super Bowl in nearly his entire lifetime (22 years old).
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