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Former Utah Linebacker Francis Bernard Is Earning Roster Spot With Cowboys

Utah Utes linebacker Francis Bernard (13) celebrates a stop against the Idaho State Bengals during NCAA football in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

DALLAS, Tex. – Former Utah linebacker Francis Bernard is working hard in training camp and is earning himself a roster spot with the Dallas Cowboys.

Bernard earned his second interception in consecutive days for the Cowboys during training camp.

The former Ute signed with Dallas as an undrafted free agent.

According to DallasCowboys.com writer David Helman, Bernard is making an early impression on the NFL franchise.

Through camp, according to Helman, the defense has six interceptions with Bernard leading the way with two.

Francis Bernard’s Collegiate Career

The Herriman, Utah native played two seasons for the Utes after transferring from BYU. In 2018, Bernard was the backup to Chase Hansen and Cody Barton. He played in 12 games and started two contests while picking up 38 tackles, 5 tackles for loss and an interception.

Last season in 2019 as a senior, Bernard stepped in as a starter and thrived. He finished with 85 tackles which was the second-most on the team along with 7.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown in the season opener against BYU.

After a tremendous senior campaign, Bernard was named first team All-Pac-12.

Francis Bernard’s NFL Combine Results

He measured the following at the NFL Scouting Combine:

Height: 6’0

Weight: 234 lbs.

Arms: 31 7/8″

Hands: 9 7/8″

At the Combine, Bernard recorded the following results:

40-yard Dash: 4.81 seconds

Bench Press: 19 reps

Vertical Jump: 32.5 inches

Broad Jump: 120 inches

Trevor Allen is a Utah Utes Insider for KSLSports.com and host of the Crimson Corner podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @TrevorASportsYou can download and listen to the podcast, here.

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