While he is retiring from the Cowboys, offensive line coach Hudson Houck knows a great lineman when he sees one. He sees one in the Cowboys first round pick in 2011, Tryon Smith.
Smith was thrown to the wolves this year. As a rookie, he didn’t have the benefit of mini-camps or OTA’s in the offseason to learn the ropes of the NFL due to the lockout over the spring and early summer. He was tossed in during training camp and had to learn to keep his head above water. While many people have said that Smith was a surprise this year, one guy that wasn’t surprised is his, now former, offensive line coach.
“I think the right tackle (Smith), that may be moved, he’s going to be really, really special,” Houck said. “A 20-year-old kid who played pretty well for being thrown in there. This was a unique year for these young kids, no minicamps and no OTAs, this is unprecedented.”
Houck is largely regarded as one of the best coaches at his position and his opinion carries a lot of weight. While he thinks Smith is special, he seems to think that Doug Free has reached most of his potential.
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