TCU Places Three on Outland Trophy Watch List
July 10, 2015
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU center Joey Hunt, defensive tackle Davion Pierson and offensive tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai have been named to the watch list for the Outland Trophy, presented to the nation’s top interior lineman on offense or defense.
Only Alabama (four) has more players on the Outland Trophy Watch List than TCU.
Hunt and Vaitai, both All-Big 12 selections last season, are two of 10 returning starters on a TCU offensive unit that finished second in the nation in scoring (46.5 points per game) and tied for fifth in total offense (533.0 yards per game). The Horned Frogs set single-season school records for points (604), passing yards (4,240), total yards (6,929), first downs (331) and plays (1,038).
Hunt, a captain in each game for the Horned Frogs in 2014, was also named to the Rimington Trophy Watch List. He has started all 25 contests the last two seasons as well as being Academic All-Big 12 both years.
Vaitai started all 13 contests at right tackle last season. He has made 19 starts over the last two campaigns.
Pierson, who also appears on the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List, was All-Big 12 last season and a team captain for each game. He had eight tackles for loss, including 3 1/2 sacks, among his 30 stops on the year. He had a season-best 2 1/2 tackles for loss, including a sack, in the win over Oklahoma. A senior from Oklahoma City, Pierson had 1 1/2 sacks in the Minnesota game. He closed the campaign with 1 1/2 tackles for loss versus Ole Miss and recorded at least one stop for negative yards in six games, including the final three contests.
Pierson is one of TCU's five returning starters from a defensive unit that led the Big 12 last season in scoring defense (19.0 points per game), total defense (341.8 yards per game) and pass efficiency defense (106.6 rating). The Horned Frogs were also second in the conference in rushing defense (108.8 yards per game).
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