The two year pro from North Texas is just 23 years old, and at just 5-foot-8 and 188 pounds, he is on the smaller side for a running back.
But Dunbar, who is just entering his second season, has an opportunity to maintain the team’s second running back job behind starter DeMarco Murray, while fellow Cowboy backs Phillip Tanner and Joseph Randle also vie for that spot.
So far, so good.
This preseason, Dunbar has carried the ball eight times for 45 yards – good for 5.6 yards per rush – and has caught six balls for 83 yards, including a 45-yard catch and run yesterday that would have provided the Cowboys with seven points had he not fumbled in the midst of eluding a defender close to the end zone.
It was the kind of play that is befitting of a complementary back. With Murray being the guy to either run over you, through you, or stop you in your tracks with a cold stiff arm, Dunbar is more of an outside the tackles guy, a small but speedy and agile back in the mold of a Darren Sproles or Danny Woodhead. Dunbar took the pass from Tony Romo and in the blink of an eye headed up field and turned the speed on.
The play even caught the eye of team owner Jerry Jones, who said that Dunbar “impressed him so much”. Considering Jones is also the General Manager, that’s good news. He has the respect of Romo, who’s also said that Dunbar has done a “good job”.
Dunbar is a definite under the radar name, but if he continues to play the way he played yesterday, he very well could have that number two position on lock down and become known league wide soon enough.
Jake Carapella is a Dallas Cowboys writer for RantSports. Follow him on twitter @JKCSports1.