20 Questions: What will happen at fullback? 04:17 PM CDT on Thursday, July 15, 2004 By MATT MOSLEY / ************** http://www.**************/s/dws/img/standing/sports/20questions2.jpg When Cowboys coach Bill Parcells says he's going on vacation, he means it. He's done everything but board the windows at Valley Ranch since last month's minicamp. But with training camp just around the corner, fans are hungry for Cowboys news. And that's why we'll address a different topic every day until the first practice July 31 in Oxnard, Calif. Who will play fullback this season? Forget the potential quarterback controversy. This team must find a fullback. Last year’s battering ram, Jamar Martin, rookie free-agent Lousaka Polite and journeyman Darian Barnes will probably compete for one spot. Last season’s starting fullback, Richie Anderson, will be a third-down running back this season. Martin (5-11, 256) blew open holes when the Cowboys ran out of the I-formation, but he’s not a threat to run the ball and does not possess the softest pair of hands. Barnes (6-2, 250), who came over on a draft-day trade with Tampa Bay, has the ability to catch passes and could also be an asset on special teams. Polite (6-0, 246) is the most intriguing of the three. He was elected a team captain at Pittsburgh three times and has a reputation for being a fierce competitor. He was an all-state linebacker in high school, but he preferred playing fullback because he enjoyed carrying the ball. Some of Parcells’ favorite players have played fullback (see Maurice Carthon and Anderson). Polite appears to have the versatility that Parcells craves. He showed excellent hands during the Cowboys’ two minicamps and has a knack for breaking tackles. He opened some eyes at the NFL combine when he lifted 225 pounds 28 times. If he proves to be an effective special teams player, he has a solid chance of making the team. At this point, Polite may have a slight edge over Martin and Barnes.