Comments from Mike Gundy and several members of the team.
Pass rush specialist with an explosive first step off the edge ... Will be looked to for leadership on the defensive line.
2013 (Junior): Played in every game in his first season as a Cowboy ... Finished the season with 22 tackles and 12 solo stops ... Had a season-high five tackles against West Virginia ... Had three tackles against Missouri, TCU and Kansas ... Credited with a half sack against Lamar ... Had a tackle for a loss against TCU and Texas ... Also had one forced fumble.
Junior College: Coached by Tom Minnick ... A first-team All-Western States Football League selection who finished with 14.5 sacks to rank second in the nation ... His 1.6 sacks per game led the nation ... Had 18 tackles for loss, recovered two fumbles, forced a fumble, had four pass breakups and recorded a safety ... Defensive MVP of the 2012 El Toro Bowl after logging one sack and 12 tackles (four for loss) in the game ... Claims a 4.59 time in the 40-yard dash and a 32-inch vertical leap ... A four-star defensive end prospect by ESPN.com and a three-star prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com ... Held scholarship offers from Arkansas, Texas Tech, Arizona State and Oregon State, among others.
High School: Attended Palestine HS in Palestine, Texas, where he was coached by Booker Bowie ... Was a two-year starter who recorded 51 tackles and a team-high four sacks as a senior in 2009 ... Second-team all-district honoree ... Also participated in basketball and track and field.
Personal: Sam Wren was born Jan. 3, 1992 ... Son of Gregg and Vanessa Wren ... Cousin, Joel, played on the football team at Texas A&M-Commerce ... Majoring in education.