Dwayne Harris had a night to remember Sunday for the depleted Dallas Cowboys, who were going against the Washington Redskins without their starting running back, a banged-up Miles Austin, and a team that swept them for the NFC East crown last year.
Needless to say, the Cowboys needed someone to step-up and have a breakout performance, and Harris did just that, scoring on an 86-yard punt return in the second quarter that became the fifth-longest such play in team history, and late returned a kickoff 90 yards that set up an eventual touchdown.
“They opened a hole anybody could run through,” kick returner Dwayne Harris said of his 90-yard kickoff return, one of the special teams plays he made to help the Cowboys in their 31-16 victory against the Washington Redskins. “Kyle Orton came up and told me he could have run through it.”
“I was a great returner in college, so I embrace this role,” Harris said. “Whatever I can do to help this team win, if it’s going out and making tackles on a kickoff or punt or returning the ball on a kickoff or a punt, that’s what I’m going to do.”
Harris’ punt return average went to 23.6 on eight returns for the season. On kickoff returns, his average went to 34.7 on nine returns.