FRISCO — The Dallas Cowboys signed former Pleasant Grove Hawks and Wyoming Cowboys linebacker Lucas Wacha to an undrafted free agent contract Saturday at the conclusion of the 2017 NFL draft.
Wacha, who had 108 tackles in his senior season with the Cowboys, finished his career with Wyoming with 344 tackles, which were good for seventh-most in school history.
As a senior, Wacha had 59 solo tackles and 49 tackle assists, which was good for eighth-best in the Mountain West Conference. He also had three sacks along with nine tackles for loss, good for second-best for the Cowboys and tied for third-best on the squad.
Wacha’s former high school coach, Kevin Davis, says the biggest thing Wacha has going for him is his playmaking ability.
“People would look at him on film and watch him or ask questions about him,” said Davis. “And I would go, ‘He might use his wrong shoulder to tackle, whip through, and get up field. But the guy makes plays.’ And to me, you can’t coach that. It’s innate. And I felt like that was the thing that set him apart from most people was that he just made football plays.”
Another big trait Wacha will have going for him as he endeavors to make the Cowboys’ 53-man roster is his high character.
Said Davis: “Whatever they want him to do or ask him to do, that’s what he’s going to do. That, to me, the character part of it, the integrity, the high character and just wanted to please and what to do whatever is best for the team is what brings a lot to the table for him.”
Wacha earned First- Team All-Northeast Texas and First Team All-District 15-3A honors for the Hawks as a linebacker. In his senior season at Pleasant Grove, Wacha recorded 97 tackles, made four sacks, and picked off a pass. He was also a two-sport athlete who was a part of Pleasant Grove’s championship baseball team as a sophomore and named to the All-Tournament team.
“For me, I would say don’t count him out,” said Davis. “A lot of people say those guys, it’s hard to make the league. And it still is. It’s very hard. There’s intangibles there that they’re going to see that give him the upper hand on making the 53-man roster come fall. I would never count him out. I think his chance of making it is extremely high.”
Wacha’s final collegiate bowl game was the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, a showcase for college talent expected to go in the latter rounds of the NFL draft.