VALLEY RANCH - Former Texan quarterback Richard Bartel spent last weekend vying for a roster spot at the Dallas Cowboy’s mini-camp.

According to www.DallasCowboys.com, Bartel is looking to work his way onto the squad after joining the Cowboys on a tryout basis at the weekend’s five practices.

“I know my expectations, but I don’t really know the expectations of the organization,” Bartel told Josh Ellis of DallasCowboys.com. “Obviously I’m not going to pick up the whole playbook right now. I just have to be patient and let the other guys get their reps and when I get the opportunity, I get the opportunity.”

The following is an excerpt from Ellis’ article:

“And the competition at quarterback is pretty stacked at the moment. With Tony Romo taking most of the practice snaps, followed by Brad Johnson, Bartel is really fifth in line behind Matt Baker and rookie free-agent Matt Moore.

“Bartel’s road to the NFL doorstep may sound familiar to Cowboys fans. Bartel was drafted as a pitcher by the Cincinnati Reds out of high school, and split time as a Reds farmhand and quarterback for the SMU Mustangs. Bartel left SMU after two seasons to pursue baseball fulltime, but gave up baseball after a year and transferred to Tarleton State having never surpassed Class A in the minors.

“Recent Cowboys quarterbacks Quincy Carter, Chad Hutchinson and Drew Henson each played pro baseball before returning to football fulltime.”

“I love football, I love everything you put into it,” Bartel said. “I spread myself thin doing both really. It’s not how I envisioned it when I was 18.”