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Pick Hicks: Rookie Comes Through Again




ARLINGTON, TEXAS -- As the third-quarter clock at AT&T Stadium hit all zeroes, the score was tied at 14-all. A 30-yard pickup by wide receiver Cole Beasley moved the Cowboys into Eagles' territory and just as it looked like Dallas was about to turn the tide and regain the lead, one of the youngest Eagles came up with one of the biggest plays of the entire season.

Who else but Jordan Hicks?

Hicks, an absolute standout during his rookie season, beautifully stepped in front of a Matt Cassel pass and ran it back untouched for a 67-yard touchdown. It was the first pick-six he's ever had in his football career.

"I was just doing my job," Hicks said after the game. "I jumped the route and did my job and the ball ended up in my hands. ... Usually when they do a little stack route, someone is either coming in quick or going out quick. I saw the guy going out quick and I just tried to go."

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For Hicks, Sunday's game in Arlington was a bit of a homecoming, as he played his college ball in Austin, Texas with the Longhorns.

"It felt good," Hicks said. "I tried to just run and take off. It felt good, especially being back in Dallas. ... Last year we played UCLA here. It was nice being back. I love the atmosphere. It's always fun.

"Obviously, it means a lot, but (what it means most) is that we got the win. That's what this whole thing is about."

The play gave the Eagles the 21-14 lead and proved to be another terrific moment on the third-round pick's rookie résumé.

On the game, Hicks finished with six total tackles along with the interception, and what is perhaps even more impressive, is that he was able to have another strong game without the veteran leadership of DeMeco Ryans, who missed the game with a hamstring injury.

"I couldn't have done it with all of these guys around me," Hicks said. "We've got a team full of vets, leaders, guys who understand the game and are good at it, and they've helped me a ton."

Late in the fourth quarter, Hicks left the game with what he called a pectoral injury after making a tackle on Beasley.

"We'll see what happens," Hicks said. "I feel pretty good. I'm not sure what the extent is, so we'll see."

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