Tashard Choice Staying Positive Regarding Diminished Role

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 15: Tashard Choice #23 of the Dallas Cowboys runs against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on November 15, 2009 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Cowboys 17-7. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Cowboys running back Tashard Choice finally got his hands on the ball on Sunday Night against the Packers when Dallas was already trailing 45-7. It was the team’s final possession.

Choice could easily get discouraged over his eleven carries on the season, but the third-year running back out of Georgia Tech is keeping a level head and trying to stay positive.

“It’s just tough,” said Choice, who has only 11 carries this season. “It’s always tough when you get an opportunity to go in the game and it’s late in the fourth quarter, but all you can do is just go in there and try to play, man. It’s tough. It’s hard not to be able to get in the football game and contribute early, but it is how it is.”

Starting tailback Marion Barber has had a terrible season. In fact, in the last three games he has only 36 yards on 19 carries — an embarrassing 1.8 yards-per-carry. On the season, his yards-per-carry average is an even 3.0. It is obvious to everyone that Barber is not getting the job done, but the coaching staff insists on leaving him in the rotation.

If most Cowboys fans had their way, Barber would be benched in favor of Choice. You wouldn’t hear any complaints if the back was traded or cut in the offseason.

Choice believed going in to last week that he would have a more prominent role in the offense. He got his hopes up and was disappointed with the outcome.

“Get ready,” Choice said. “I thought it was going to be more like we did it last year or at the beginning of this year. I thought I had a chance to get in on some first and second downs. It didn’t happen, but I can’t worry about that. I just want to make sure I do my job on the special teams that I’m on and when I do get in.”

New head coach Jason Garrett is the man who has been calling plays all season. Could he suddenly decide to give Choice more carries in hopes of providing a spark to the offense? At this point of the season anything is possible. Garrett has even said that he will not look at contract size or experience to do determine his line-up. Does Choice believe his new coach’s words?

“Yeah. Absolutely. I’m praying,” Choice said. “I’m not saying I’m the best player, I just hope I can play a little bit. That’s all.”

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