TYLER, TX (KLTV) - He was expected to take over as the Texas A&M quarterback in 2012, but Jameill Showers saw Johnny Manziel swoop in and take the job.
Showers then decided to transfer to UTEP to finish his collegiate career. Now the Killeen native finds himself on the Cowboys roster, fighting to make the squad.
Showers went undrafted in May, but the quarterback soon after signed a free agent deal with the Cowboys.
"I was really excited, because I mean I grew up watching the Cowboys," the quarterback said. "It is the most loved and hated team in America. Being able to stay close to home and family has definitely helped me out."
The former Aggie and UTEP Miner got his first taste of the NFL this offseason by going through OTA's and Mini Camp with Dallas.
"It is a whole new experience," Showers said. "It is a whole new level. You are out there playing with guys that you used to watch on TV. You are not trying to be star struck and always trying to take a guys job. So its tough."
At 6'2, 230 pounds, Showers is working out at APEC this summer trying to get in the best shape possible for training camp.
"Being a free agent, nothing is guaranteed," the former Aggie said. "You have to earn your spot more so than guys that got drafted. They are giving me plenty of opportunities. I am playing all four special teams and I am playing quarterback. They are giving me plenty of opportunity, I just have to go out and capitalize on it."
APEC director Bobby Stroupe added, "He is a monster. He really is. The Cowboys found that out really quickly, so they have him playing multiple positions. I think Cowboy fans are in for a real treat, and we are excited that he is associated with us."
Learning from Tony Romo has been a great opportunity for Showers as well, especially since Romo was also undrafted out of college.