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Departing O-Line Coach: Tyron Smith "Is Going To Be A Tremendous Player"

Hudson Houck's retirement was announced earlier in the week

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Houck Has Kind Words for Tyron Smith

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As you might have heard by now, longtime Dallas Cowboys’ offensive line coach Hudson Houck is retiring. But before he left Valley Ranch for the last time, Houck took time to predict a bright future for right tackle Tyron Smith, who just finished his rookie season.

"I think Tyron is one of the best players at this stage I have been around," Houck said, per the Dallas Morning News. "He's going be tremendous. I think he will be a great player."

This really isn’t anything new. According to multiple accounts, Houck was key in the decision to select Smith in the first round of the 2011 draft, and, though there were certainly some predictable growing pains in his first season in the league--Smith was actually the youngest player in the NFL this season, at just 20-years-old--the team, like Houck, is looking forward to seeing Smith grow as a player.

"Tyron has been very impressive," head coach Jason Garrett said. "What's been demonstrated is his mental toughness and his willingness to handle some adversity, handle some success, handle some injury and just keep playing. He has a bright future."

 

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