Redskins battle the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football

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Don’t miss this week’s Sunday Night Football. Game time is 7:20 pm October 13th here on NewsChannel 4. Several players for the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins have strong Oklahoma ties.

Dez Bryant is a wide receiver for Dallas and he played at Oklahoma State.

The Dallas Cowboys saw fortune fall their way in the bottom half of the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft when Dez Bryant was still on the board.

Regarded by many as one of the top wide receivers and all-around collegiate athletes in the draft class, Bryant found a home with the Cowboys when Dallas traded its 27th overall pick along with a third round choice to New England for the 24th overall pick and a fourth round selection to move up to take the wide receiver.

Despite playing just three games as a junior, missing the remainder of the season due to an NCAA mandated suspension, Cowboys personnel staff and coaches saw enough on Bryant’s résumé to make the move in order to add a receiver with the ability to change the game.

Bryant did not disappoint in his injury-shortened rookie season as he finished second all-time among club rookies with 45 catches, third with six receiving touchdowns, tied for fifth with eight overall touchdowns and fifth with 564 yards. As was the case at Oklahoma State, Bryant also proved to be a threat on special teams as he returned two punts for touchdowns, including a 93-yarder, averaged 14.3 yards-per-punt return and 22.4 yards-per-kickoff return.

Dan Bailey is the kicker for Dallas and he played for the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

Dan Bailey signed with Dallas as an undrafted free agent just prior to training camp to provide competition at place kicker. He became one-of-three undrafted free agents to make the club out of training camp in 2011 and went on to have one of the best kicking seasons in franchise and league history by a rookie.

While finishing the season 32-of-37 (86.5%) on field goals and perfect on all 39 PAT tries, Bailey was named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team, set a club rookie record for most field goals made in a season (32), tied Chris Boniol for the second-most consecutive field goals made (26) and set a club rookie game record for field goals made (six).

Not only limited to putting the ball through the uprights, Bailey was called upon to handle kickoffs after David Buehler (groin) landed on Reserve/Injured midway through the season. Bailey responded by notching 24 touchbacks on 64 kickoffs.

DeMarco Murray is a stand out out of Oklahoma University.

DeMarco Murray arrived in Dallas with the club’s third round selection (71st overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. Much like Dallas’ 2008 first round draft choice Felix Jones, Murray regularly displayed big-play ability with the threat to score from anywhere on the field.

After seeing spot action through the first five games of the 2011 season, Murray landed in team record books and NFL history when he filled in for Jones (ankle) against St. Louis (10/23). His mark was set early in the game when he took his first carry of the game 91 yards for a touchdown to register the longest first career touchdown run since the NFL merger in 1970.

By game’s end, Murray had a club-record 253 rushing yards which was good for 10th in a game in league history and second by a rookie. His 91-yard touchdown run was the second-longest rush in team history, second only to Tony Dorsett’s 99-yard run at Minnesota (1/3/83).

James Hanna also comes to Dallas from the Oklahoma Sooners.

With the loss of Martellus Bennett in free agency, the Cowboys were in need of a young, talented tight end and found that with their selection of James Hanna in the sixth round (186th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Hanna’s impressive mixture of size, speed and hands will help him as he battles with John Phillips for the second tight end position and learns from one of the best in the league, Jason Witten.

Hanna finished his career at Oklahoma, starting 27-of-53 games and recording 52 receptions for 720 yards (13.9 average) with nine touchdowns.

Players with Oklahoma ties for the Washington Redskins Chris Chester is a guard from Oklahoma University.

Originally selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the second round (56th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. Signed with the Washington Redskins as an unrestricted free agent on July 30, 2011.

Trent Williams is an Offensive Tackle for the Redskins from Oklahoma University.

Selected by the Washington Redskins in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. Became the first offensive tackle selected by the Redskins in the first round of the NFL Draft since Chris Samuels in 2000 (third overall).