DallasCowboys.com Staff Writer
The most important part of each season may be the daily practice grind in July and August when a team is truly built. As a countdown to this year's training camp, we celebrate the 53rd year of Cowboys football by constructing the team's all-time 53-man roster, picking one player from each season.
Not so much the 53 best players in club history, DallasCowboys.com has constructed the ultimate team, filling out the depth chart and making room for contributors at every position, including special teams, while at the same time looking ahead to how this year's 53-man roster might shake out.
The series continues today with 1980 and Herb Scott, a backup offensive guard for The Ultimate 53.
Name: Herb Scott
College: Virginia Union
Cowboys Tenure: 1975-84
Why Him? While he might be undersized for today's game, Scott was as good an offensive lineman as there was in the NFL during his prime, making three straight Pro Bowls from 1979-81 and earning AP first-team All-Pro honors in 1980 and 1981. He took over as a starter in 1976, and became one of the league's most consistent and cerebral blockers.
The Role: This being a full-roster, every spot must be filled, including those that are typically ignored. Backup guard is one of those spots, and that's where Scott fits in for the Cowboys. The interior line depth chart may be oft-overlooked, but recent seasons have proven that injuries have to be expected at the game's most demanding positions, and there's no better insurance than a player like Scott, who developed himself into one of the greatest blockers in franchise history.
Back To The Future: While competition is the order of the day for the Cowboys' current young offensive linemen, the team will exercise as much patience as it can with the players who have the highest upside. By virtue of their fourth-round investment in the 2011 draft, the club must think David Arkin is a project worth seeing through. A small-school prospect, like Scott, he needed a redshirt year, but has returned bigger and stronger. He may not be ready to start just yet, but he's preparing that way, currently filling in for the injured Mackenzy Bernadeau with the first-team offense.
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