2014 Preview: Tight Ends Look to Make Impact

Dominic Merka had a special teams touchdown in a 2012 win at West Virginia.

Dominic Merka had a special teams touchdown in a 2012 win at West Virginia.
Aug. 14, 2014


FORT WORTH, Texas -- GoFrogs.com continues its preview of the 2014 TCU football team with a look at the tight ends.

Veteran Cliff Murphy (6-4, 288, Sr.) and Buck Jones (6-4, 240, So.) entered fall camp atop the depth chart at tight end.

Murphy, who came to TCU as a defensive end, is a two-year letterman. He made three starts last season.

Jones, a first-team Academic All-Big 12 honoree, appeared in all 12 games. He is the son of TCU football letterman Gregg Jones (1985-87).

Dominic Merka (6-4, 230, Jr.), a former high school quarterback, played in the opening seven games last season before being sidelined by injury. In 2012, he recorded his first collegiate touchdown by returning a fumbled punt attempt 15 yards for a touchdown at West Virginia. It began a 10-point second-half rally for the Horned Frogs en route to a 39-38 double overtime victory.

Bryson Burtnett (6-5, 237, RFr.) redshirted last season in his first year on campus and will add depth to the position.

BY THE NUMBERS:

1 - Former TCU tight ends (Director of Player Personnel - Special Teams Dan Sharp) on the Horned Frogs' football staff

3 - Combined career starts by TCU tight ends, all by Cliff Murphy

28 - Tackles for loss, including eight sacks, by Cliff Murphy as a senior at Little Elm High School

101 - Tackles by Buck Jones as a linebacker and defensive end his senior year at Weddington High School in Matthews, N.C.

3,096 - Yards of total offense (2,101 passing, 995 rushing) for Dominic Merka as a quarterback his senior year at Crosby High School

 

 


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