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The Dallas Cowboys appeared to have addressed some needs this off-season with some masterful moves in both the NFL draft and free agency but I feel they also ignored a few areas first and foremost the center spot. They must either feel new offensive line coach, Bill Callahan, can get incumbent center, Phil Costa, to play better or when they were finally ready to grab a center none of what remained where any better than Costa. Since we are in a period of almost no real football news, I thought it might be helpful to look at apparent areas of weaknesses and see what guys playing this fall on Saturdays deserve a little extra attention from all Dallas Cowboys fans. The first guy on my radar is Khaled Holmes (the number 48th rated prospect via NFL Draft Scout), the starting center at USC, and pivot man for Heisman front-runner Matt Barkley.
Holmes is about to become a three year starter on the USC offensive line and should be able to really distinguish himself this year against some other prominent draft prospects such as Aaron Tipoti (136th) and the Cal Bears on September 22nd, against Utah on October 4th and their standout tandem of Star Lotulelei (#3 rated) and Dave Kruger (280th), and against UCLA on November 17th and Cassius Marsh (69th). Besides being a Rimington Award candidate Holmes also is an Academic All American candidate and has already received his bachelor degree and is now working on his master’s degree. Holmes also comes from a football family with a father who played at Michigan in the 1970s and a brother, Alex, who played at USC in 2003 and 2004 and for the Dolphins in 2005. Any guess who was on the staff with the Miami Dolphins during that year? Right Coach Garrett who I am sure is very familiar with Khaled and will become even more familiar if we continue to have blunders at center during pivotal moments this season. Certainly a player to watch this fall on Saturdays for all Cowboys fans is Khaled Holmes.