TCU Camp '11: Veterans Return At Linebacker

Tanner Brock

Tanner Brock

Aug. 11, 2011

FORT WORTH, Texas -- GoFrogs.com continues its preview of the 2011 TCU football team with a look at the linebacker position.

Both starting linebackers in TCU's 4-2-5 defensive scheme return after All-America seasons a year ago. In fact, the entire linebacker unit is back.

Tank Carder (6-3, 237, Sr.) was a first-team All-American and the Rose Bowl Defensive Most Valuable Player, while Tanner Brock (6-3, 250, Jr.) led TCU in tackles and earned third-team All-America accolades.

Both Carder and Brock are preseason All-Americans in 2010 while appearing on watch lists for several national awards.

Carder had arguably the most-famous play in TCU football history when he batted down a 2-point pass by Wisconsin with two minutes to play to preserve the Horned Frogs' 21-19 Rose Bowl victory. He added six tackles in the game, including three for loss with a sack.

Carder, in his third year as a starter, is one of TCU's team leaders. He totaled 60 stops last season with 9 1/2 tackles for loss, including 3 1/2 sacks. The Sweeny, Texas, native added five pass breakups, an interception and fumble recovery.

Brock's 106 tackles were 26 more than the next-closest Horned Frog (Colin Jones, 80). He recorded four games with double-digit stops, including a career-high 12 tackles in the 47-7 win at Utah. Brock also had an interception and 57-yard return against the Utes.

Kris Gardner (6-1, 238, Sr.), Kenny Cain (6-1, 210, Jr.) and Greg Burks (6-1, 222, Jr.) are veterans who add depth at linebacker while also being major contributors on special teams.

Gardner is a three-year letterman and the nephew of TCU linebackers coach Tony Tademy.

Cain's 27 tackles last season were the most by a non-starter at TCU. He placed third on the Horned Frogs with 11 special teams stops.

Burks recorded both of TCU's punt blocks in the 2009 campaign.

Deryck Gildon (6-2, 215, Fr.) was an early enrollee who had an impressive spring and will push for playing time as a true freshman.

BY THE NUMBERS:
2 - Years TCU linebackers coach Tony Tademy was an assistant under Horend Frog offensive line coach Eddie Williamson when Williamson was head coach at VMI (1985-88)

3 - Former TCU linebackers from the last four seasons who are active in the National Football League (David Hawthorne, Seattle Seahawks; Jason Phillips, Baltimore Ravens; Daryl Washington, Arizona Cardinals)

5 - Number of TCU starting linebackers over the last six seasons (David Hawthorne, 2005-07; Jason Phillips, 2005-08; Robert Henson, 2008; Daryl Washington, 2009; Tank Carder, 2009-10; Tanner Brock, 2010)

6 - Consecutive seasons TCU has had at least two all-conference selections at linebacker

7 - Field goals made by Tank Carder as a senior at Sweeny High School

 

 


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