Guard reps will make Frederick better center

OXNARD, Calif. -- First-round pick Travis Frederick will work at guard for the first time as a professional Sunday afternoon.

The 6-foot-3, 311-pound Frederick has significant experience at both positions, starting at guard as a junior and at center as a senior at Wisconsin. He focused solely on center during OTAs and minicamps in the spring but will see some action at guard in training camp, beginning with the first official practice.

“It’s a challenge because you’re switching spots and you have different responsibilities, but it’s also kind of a blessing in the fact that you get a chance to play both positions,” Frederick said. “At center, you kind of have to know what’s going on. You have to know what the guards are doing and what the tackles are doing. So by playing guard, you can get a real physical feel of what the guards need.

“Maybe I’ve been playing center and maybe I’ve been thinking, ‘Oh, that’s enough help to give a guy’ or something like that, but as a guard I go in there and I’m not getting enough help. I go, ‘OK, now I understand that I’m not giving him enough help.’ So I think that it’s going to help me as a center and help me as a guard because I’m going to be able to pick up that position and learn those intricacies.”

The Cowboys planned to work Frederick some at guard regardless of the circumstances. The value of his flexibility is especially apparent with the team’s top three guards -- Nate Livings (foot), Mackenzy Bernadeau (hamstring) and Ronald Leary (calf) -- sidelined by what the team hopes are minor injuries.