Tyron Smith debut: 'I did alright'

September, 12, 2011
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It's one thing to start a preseason game, but another when the games really count, and first-round pick Tyron Smith made his NFL regular season debut on Sunday night.

Smith, starting at right tackle, played in all four preseason games so the Cowboys could make sure he got as many snaps as possible to make sure he was ready. Smith didn't have a bad night defending quarterback Tony Romo.

But Smith had one mistake. Late in fourth quarter, Smith was called for a false start, pushing the Cowboys into a third-and-17 at their own 46. Romo would throw an incomplete pass to Dez Bryant forcing a punt, which was eventually blocked and returned for a game-tying touchdown.

Smith's penalty was the on the back end of a delay of game call against the Cowboys.

"I really didn’t move that much and they called a false start," Smith said. "I was just looking around and I was caught off by that."

Overall, Smith was on an offensive line that included two rookies, including LG Bill Nagy. Center Phil Costa was making just his second-career start.

The Cowboys allowed four sacks and the run game averaged just 2.5 yards per carry. The longest run was 8 yards, from Felix Jones in the fourth quarter.

"I did alright," Smith said. "I got to watch film and clean some things up."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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