Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute ri

first_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Being from Dallas, of course Sam Acho is a Cowboys fan.Or at least, was a Cowboys fan.“Growing up I was a Cowboys fan. As I got a little olderI wised up,” he said with a laugh.Acho and his new favorite team, the Arizona Cardinals,host his former favorite team Sunday at University ofPhoenix Stadium. He, though, is not making this week anymore special than the previous eleven. “I mean every game is big,” he said after practiceWednesday, “especially with our record being what it isright now. We want to keep on getting better.” Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories The Cardinals made Acho, a three-time all-conference highschool player and star at the University of Texas, afourth round pick in last April’s draft. He played defensive end in college but has made thetransition to linebacker in the NFL. It would appeargiven his play over the last month the transition has beena smooth one. Not so.“I was overwhelmed. Without a doubt I was overwhelmed,”Acho explained. “I’d never seen a playbook this big and Iknew my playbook at Texas was huge.”Acho credits safety Adrian Wilson for helping himtranslate the number of defensive schemes and assignments.“He kind of walked me through it and taught me concepts.Once you get the concepts then you’ll be able to breakdown play by play.”Acho, who continues to pick the brain of veterans JoeyPorter, Clark Haggans, Vonnie Holliday and Nick Eason, hadhis best game to date last week at St. Louis. He postedtwo sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Onthe season, his five sacks tie with him Calais Campbellfor the team lead. “I definitely set high goals,” he responded when asked ifhad surprised himself with his play, “so part of it’s asurprise but part of it’s what you expect as an athlete.”center_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke 0 Comments   Share   last_img