Dallas Cowboys Stud: DaRon Bland, Cornerback
When DaRon Bland was announced as the Cowboys pick at No. 167 overall last season, no one would have guessed that he would be setting records by Week 12 of his sophomore season. But that's exactly what happened on Thursday as Bland once again found himself running an interception back for a touchdown.
In the fourth quarter with a 38-10 deficit, Washington was trying to put something together before the game ended. They were moving the ball, with Cole Turner hauling in a 29-yard pass to move the ball into Dallas territory. A couple of plays later, Sam Howell threw a pass to Jahan Dotson but Bland jumped the route. He then returned the ball 63 yards for the touchdown, dodging a few players at the end to get into the end zone.
That wound up being the fifth pick-six for Bland this season which is an NFL record. It's also a career record for Dallas, as Bland topped the four interception returns for a touchdown that both Dexter Coakley and Dennis Thurman had during their time in Big D.
During the broadcast, Tony Romo asked how many times Deion Sanders recorded a pick-six and found out the answer was nine. That means Bland has more than half as many in 11 games as the legendary Prime Time did in his historic career.
At this point, you have to wonder why anyone throws the ball anywhere near Bland. Sure, they might get a completion against him but the risk simply doesn't seem worth it. Having said that, the Cowboys are glad teams keep testing him and will be perfectly content if they continue to do so.