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August 05, 2013

Leary determined to take 'full advantage' of opportunity as Cowboys left guard while Livings is out

Cowboys guard Ron Leary said establishing a good running game is something to take personally.

“It’s man-on-man,” he said. “You line up, he puts his hand down, and it’s, ‘Who’s going to knock who off the ball?’ ”

Leary got plenty of chances to take things personally – and apparently won plenty of those personal chances – Sunday night as the Cowboys rushed for 170 yards in the preseason opener against Miami.

Leary played every snap in the game, an indication of how much the Cowboys want to get a look at the second-year guard as they think hard about having him start at left guard in place of Nate Livings, who had knee surgery last week.

“You never want anybody to get hurt,” Leary said. “The game of football is about opportunities, so if I get an opportunity, I’m going to take full advantage of it. … You always want to start.”

Leary said he was tired after the game but that it was a “good” tired. And he was glad to hear that he was praised by owner Jerry Jones, one of his champions last year when he signed as an undrafted free agent with the Cowboys.

“I didn’t hear him say that, but for you to say he said it, that’s an honor for him to say that,” Leary said. “There have been a lot of great offensive linemen to come through here, and for him to say that after one game, it’s a good feeling. I know I’m nowhere near where I want to be.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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