Defensive tackle Sean Lissemore is 6-foot-3 and weighs 303 pounds. He does not believe he should be moved off the line of scrimmage in short yardage.
So that must explain the scowl he had on his face after practice.
“There was one play where I didn’t play very well,” he said Tuesday at Cowboys training camp in Oxnard. “And it’s really bothering me.”
“I think I just got displaced a little bit on it,” he said. “I want to hold that point pretty tough. I don’t feel like I did that the way I should.”
Who moved you?
“Two guys. Maybe two guys behind them, too.”
He wasn’t smiling.
“It’s a tough job, but it’s got to be done.”
So far, Lissemore must be doing it well. He is getting a lot of work at right defensive end while Marcus Spears is out with a concussion. Lissemore, a seventh-round pick out of William & Mary in 2010, is thriving.
He has been one of the most physical players on the defensive line, and he was competing hard in Tuesday’s goal-line and short-yardage drills, the emphasis of the practice.
“It was pretty physical,” he said.
He said he takes seriously his responsibility to hold his ground.
“Absolutely. It’s something that needs to be done,” he said. “It’s something I don’t take lightly.”
-- Carlos Mendez