Saturday, July 20, 2013
Travis Frederick will begin camp at center
By Calvin Watkins
OXNARD, Calif. -- The Cowboys' first-round pick, center Travis Frederick, will begin training camp at that position, but coach Jason Garrett said Frederick could receive snaps at guard given the right opportunities.
When the Cowboys begin training camp, first- and second-team left guards Nate Livings and Ronald Leary will be out due to injuries, moving David Arkin to the first team. Depending on how long Leary and Livings are out, the Cowboys will be short-handed along the offensive line for at least a few practices.
So the opportunities to move Frederick to guard won't be available.
The last time Frederick played guard full time was in 2011 at Wisconsin, at which he made 11 starts at left guard. But in 2012, Frederick started 14 games at center and was credited with 19 touchdown-producing blocks and 87 knockdowns.
"We anticipate [Frederick] spending most of his time at center, which is what he did all throughout the OTAs and minicamp practices," Garrett said. "We do think there are some opportunities to see him at guard. As you guys know, he did play some guard in college, and he has a comfort level with that. So, we're going to look for opportunities starting here in training camp to give him a chance to do some of that."