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Former Lovejoy running back Tashard Choice set to play for the Dallas Cowboys

By Doug Gorman

dgorman@news-daily.com

Former Georgia standout Herschel Walker once carried the football for the Dallas Cowboys.

So did another Heisman Trophy winner, Tony Dorsett.

Now, Tashard Choice hopes to join that elite company as a running back for America's team too.

Choice, who played his last three years of college football at Georgia Tech after starting his career at Oklahoma, was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of this year's NFL draft, getting, selected 122nd overall.

The former Lovejoy standout was one of head coach Al Hughes' best players, earning All-Southern Crescent honors during his high school days.

In his senior year at Lovejoy, Choice rushed for 1,200 yards. He showed his ability to catch the football, also compiling 600 yards in receptions.

Choice left Lovejoy for Oklahoma, but transferred to Tech to be closer to home after just one year with the Sooners. At the time, the NCAA granted Choice a hardship waiver, and he was able to play for the Yellow Jackets without sitting out a year.

The former Georgia Tech standout comes into the Cowboys' camp with another rookie, Felix Jones, who will compete for rookie time at running back with Choice.

During his three years with the Jackets, Choice rushed for more than 100 yards 18 times. He had nine-straight 100-yard rushing games.

Choice leaves Tech with 3,365 yards rushing, which is fourth on the school's all-time list.

During his tenure at Tech, the Yellow Jackets went to bowl games all three seasons. In 2006, Tech lost to West Virginia in the Gator Bowl, but Choice rushed for 169 yards and two TDs.

As a senior, Choice showed his ability to bounce back from a knee injury after getting hurt against Army.

Choice then returned to play against rival Georgia and in the Humanitarian Bowl, where Tech fell to Fresno State.

Darrell Robertson and Jamal Lewis, who played high school football at Jonesboro, were teammates of Choice's at Tech and hoping to join the running back as local members of the Yellow Jackets to hear their names called in the draft, but they were not selected.

Robertson, a defensive end, and Lewis, a corner back, played all four years with the Jackets.

They will now have to get to the NFL through free agency