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The Cowboys were interested in taking former Georgia Tech running back Tony Hollings in Thursday's NFL supplemental draft. However, they were beaten to the punch by the Houston Texans. News on Hollings and the upcoming start of training camp in San Antonio are contained in this extensive report.

The Houston Texans, desperate for a difference-maker at running back, selected Georgia Tech's Tony Hollings on July 10 with the 32nd pick in the second round of the NFL supplemental draft. Houston, which had two second-round picks, will forfeit one of them in the 2004 NFL draft.

The Cowboys held the No. 1 pick in each round of the supplemental draft, which might have influenced Houston to draft Hollings in the second round. Chicago, which also was interested in Hollings, was scheduled to pick before Houston in the third round.

The Cowboys weren't expected to draft Hollings before the fourth round because he's inexperienced, and he suffered a season-ending knee injury in the fourth game last season. But the Texans decided not to take a chance that another team would draft him.

Hollings' injury, while not as serious as the one suffered by Miami running back Willis McGahee, raised just as many concerns among Cowboys personnel. The Cowboys took McGahee off their draft board because of the injury.

Hollings caught the attention of the Cowboys because they're looking for a running back to replace Emmitt Smith, who was waived in February.

Troy Hambrick enters training camp as the starter, but owner Jerry Jones and coach Bill Parcells have questions about his ability to handle the job. Drafting Hollings would have given the Cowboys another option.

--The Cowboys kickoff their second training camp in San Antonio with a free celebration at the Alamodome, featuring live music and player introductions Thursday July 24 at 7 p.m. Part of the show will include an appearance from the Kumbia Kings, one of the nation's top Latin Music groups.

Kicking off the show will be Miranda Lambert, a 19-year-old Texan who is making her way onto the country music scene. She released her first album, Miranda Lambert in 2001 and most recently, qualified as a finalist for USA Network's Nashville Star series. She maintained her position throughout the series and finished in the top 3 of 8000. After the concert, the Cowboys players will be formally introduced by position.

--The Cowboys expect a sellout crowd for their first scrimmage with the Houston Texans on Saturday, Aug. 2 at the Alamodome. Last year, the Cowboys and Texans drew 28,000 to Houston's Roberston Stadium. The Alamodome holds more than 60,000. Precedent says they will get a big crowd.

In 1993, the Cowboys and Oilers played a preseason game at the Alamodome, the game drawing a crowd of 63,285. Two years later, the same two clubs met in the preseason before an Alamodome crowd of 52,512.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We want to learn from these mistakes in judgment. Players need to understand that bad judgment will put your career at risk. You are accountable to your teammates and the organization." -- Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on safety Keith Davis.

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