2012 Preview: Tight Ends Look To Impress

Stephen Bryant

Aug. 16, 2012

FORT WORTH, Texas -- GoFrogs.com continues its preview of the 2012 TCU football team with a look at the tight ends.

Corey Fuller (6-6, 255, Sr.), who started four games last season, is the veteran at the position and one of 10 current Horned Frogs to already have their TCU degree in hand.

A former cornerback at La Vernia (Texas) High School, Fuller had two receptions in 2011.

Stephen Bryant (6-5, 242, So.), an All-State defensive back in high school, saw action in 12 contests a year ago.

Walker Dille (6-4, 242, Sr.) and Dominic Merka (6-4, 230, RFr.) are returnees who will push for playing time. Dille was limited to one game last season due to injury. Merka, a redshirt in 2011, was a quarterback at Crosby (Texas) High School.

Gerren Ballard (6-6, 250, Fr.) and Griffin Gilbert (6-5, 215, Fr.) are true freshmen also in the mix at tight end. Gilbert was a Sports Illustrated High School All-American who was ranked as the No. 1 tight end in Texas and No. 10 in the nation.

Cliff Murphy (6-4, 280, So.) is a converted defensive end who adds depth to the position.


1- Former TCU tight ends (Logan Brock, Houston Texans) active in the NFL

4- Career starts by TCU tight ends, all by Corey Fuller

5- Interceptions by Corey Fuller as a cornerback his junior year at La Vernia (Texas) High School

25- Years at TCU as a student-athlete and assistant coach for tight ends coach and special teams coordinator Dan Sharp

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



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