Terence Steele

American football player (born 1997)

American football player
Terence Steele
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Steele with the Cowboys in 2020
No. 78 – Dallas Cowboys
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1997-06-04) June 4, 1997 (age 27)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:310 lb (141 kg)
Career information
High school:Steele
(Cibolo, Texas)
College:Texas Tech (2015–2019)
Undrafted:2020
Career history
  • Dallas Cowboys (2020–present)
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Games played:62
Games started:57
Receiving touchdowns:1
Player stats at PFR

Terence Steele (born June 4, 1997) is an American football offensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Texas Tech.

Early years

Steele attended Byron P. Steele High School. As a senior, he was the starter at left tackle, receiving All-District 25-6A and San Antonio Express-News first team All-Area honors.

Steele was considered a three-star recruit, the No. 1,844 overall prospect, the No. 179 offensive tackle and the No. 239 overall player in Texas in his class, according to the average of the major recruiting services. He committed to Texas Tech over offers from BYU, North Texas and UTSA.[1]

College career

As a redshirt freshman, Steele played under future NFL head coach Kliff Kingsbury. He started the first 10 games at left tackle, before being moved to right tackle for the last two contests.[2] Steele blocked for future NFL quarterback Patrick Mahomes, while contributing to the team leading the nation in passing yards and total offense.[3] He was named to the All-Big 12 freshman team.[1]

As a sophomore, Steele started all 13 games at right tackle, contributing to the team ranking in the top 25 nationally in passing yards (ninth), total offense (16th) and scoring (23rd).

As a junior, he started all 12 games at right tackle, contributing to the team ranking in the top 20 nationally in passing yards per game (third), total offense (12th), scoring (16th) and sacks allowed (sixth).

As a senior, Steele was forced to miss the first two games due to a preseason injury, breaking his streak of 37 consecutive starts. He started 10 games at right tackle and was part of an offensive line that allowed 18 sacks during his senior season.[3] Steele finished his college career with 47 starts and received honorable-mention honors as All-Big 12 following his junior and senior seasons for the Red Raiders.[4][1] At the end of the season, he participated in the 2020 Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine.[3][2]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 5+78 in
(1.98 m)
312 lb
(142 kg)
35+18 in
(0.89 m)
9+12 in
(0.24 m)
5.03 s 1.74 s 2.92 s 5.08 s 27.5 in
(0.70 m)
8 ft 10 in
(2.69 m)
27 reps
All values from NFL Combine[5][6]

Steele was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys after the 2020 NFL Draft on April 27.[7] Because of the season-ending injury to starting right tackle La'el Collins and backup Cameron Erving having to miss time with different injuries, Steele was pressed into the starting lineup for the Cowboys, becoming just the fourth offensive tackle in the Super Bowl era, and the ninth in league history, to start at least 14 contests as an undrafted rookie. In the season opener against the Los Angeles Rams, he was able to hold his own until giving up a crucial sack on the final drive, as the offense was attempting to tie the contest. In the third game, against the Seattle Seahawks, he was replaced in the third quarter with Zack Martin. In the fourth game, against the Cleveland Browns, he gave up a sack that caused a fumble, in what proved to be a game-changing play in the 38–49 loss. He was benched for the tenth game, against the Minnesota Vikings, with Martin taking over the right tackle position. In the eleventh game, against Washington, both Martin and Erving went down with injuries, so Steele was forced to start the rest of the season. Although he mostly struggled with his play, the team continued to start him and was able to show improvement in the final month. He played in all 16 games, with 14 starts.

As of November 28, 2021, Steele had started 10 games for the Dallas Cowboys during the 2021 season, including even after longtime starter La'el Collins returned from suspension.[8] From weeks 2–8, he started at right tackle, and then started three games at left tackle after Tyron Smith was injured.[8] Steele missed the week 13 game after being placed on the COVID-19 list.[8] On December 26 against the Washington Football Team, Terence Steele reported as an eligible receiver and caught his first NFL touchdown from Dak Prescott.[9] During a Week 14 game against the Houston Texans on December 11, 2022, Steele suffered a torn ACL and MCL, ending his season.

On September 3, 2023, Steele signed a five-year, $86.8 million contract extension with the Cowboys.[10]

Regular season statistics

Legend
First Team All-Pro
Second Team All-Pro
No type penalty
Bold Career high
Year Team Games Offense
GP GS Snaps Pct Holding False start Decl/Pen Acpt/Pen
2020 DAL 16 14 970 85% 1 2 3 4
2021 DAL 16 13 912 79% 2 3 0 8
2022 DAL 13 13 818 94% 1 5 0 6
2023 DAL 13 13 924 100% 2 4 1 5
Career 55 50 3,624 90% 5 14 4 23

References

  1. ^ a b c Johnson, Jarret (April 25, 2020). "Terence Steele signs undrafted free agent deal with Cowboys". 247 Sports. Retrieved April 29, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Melo, Justin (March 13, 2020). "Meet Terence Steele, Texas Tech's gem of an OT prospect". Draft Wire. Retrieved April 29, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c Dragon, Tyler (February 29, 2020). "Steele enjoyed 'unbelievable experience' at NFL combine". Lubbock Avalanche Journal. Retrieved April 29, 2021.
  4. ^ "Texas Tech prospects most likely to be selected in the 2020 NFL draft". Dallas Morning News. March 31, 2020. Retrieved April 29, 2021.
  5. ^ "Terence Steele Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved November 25, 2021.
  6. ^ "Terence Steele, Texas Tech, OT, 2020 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". draftscout.com. Retrieved November 25, 2021.
  7. ^ Shannon, Chase (April 25, 2020). "Steele's Terence Steele gets deal with Cowboys". News 4 San Antonio. Retrieved April 29, 2021.
  8. ^ a b c Patra, Kevin. "Cowboys place RT Terence Steele on COVID-19 list; starter to miss Thursday vs. Saints". NFL.com. Retrieved December 6, 2021.
  9. ^ Auping, Jonny (December 27, 2021). "Elliott Scores Twice, Retrieves Steele's TD Ball". www.dallascowboys.com. Arlington, TX: Dallas Cowboys. Archived from the original on December 27, 2021. Retrieved December 27, 2021.
  10. ^ Smith, Coral (September 3, 2023). "Cowboys, RT Terence Steele agree to terms on five-year, $86.8 million extension". NFL.com.

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