2015 Preview: FBs and TEs Look to Make Impact

Aug. 18, 2015

FORT WORTH, Texas -- GoFrogs.com continues its preview of the 2015 TCU football team with a look at the fullbacks and tight ends.

Buck Jones (6-4, 255, Jr.), who has seen action in all 25 games the last two seasons, entered fall camp in a No. 1 position at tight end.

A first-team Academic All-Big 12 honoree, Jones is the son of former TCU defensive end Gregg Jones (1985-87).

Dominic Merka (6-4, 250, Sr.) was behind Jones on the depth chart. Merka was ESPN's No. 3-rated quarterback in Texas coming out of Crosby High School in 2011. In that same ranking, TCU quarterbacks Bram Kohlhausen and Trevone Boykin were rated sixth and 20th, respectively.

Merka has been a key special teams contributor and scored a touchdown off a fumble return in a 2012 win at West Virginia.

Bryson Burtnett (6-5, 248, So.), also first-team Academic All-Big 12, will push for playing time. He was rated by FOX Sports Next/Scout.com as the No. 5 tight end in Texas and No. 40 in the nation as a senior at Springtown High School. Cole Novak (6-6, 240, So.) is also in the mix.

Paul Whitmill (6-0, 230, So.) will look to contribute at fullback after being moved from linebacker during fall camp. Ryan Watkins (6-0, 250, Jr.) adds depth at the position.


1 - Former TCU tight ends (defensive line coach Dan Sharp) on the Horned Frogs' coaching staff

2 - First-team Academic All-Big 12 members (Bryson Burtnett, Buck Jones) at tight end

2 - Touchdowns, both by Cliff Murphy, scored by TCU tight ends last season

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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