2014 Preview: Hunt Leads O-Line Group

Halapoulivaati Vaitai

Halapoulivaati Vaitai
Aug. 19, 2014


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

The Horned Frogs' offensive front features a mix of returning starters and talented newcomers.

Joey Hunt (6-3, 295, Jr.) returns at center after starting 11 of 12 games at the position a year ago. The 2013 Academic All-Big 12 selection appears on the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, presented to the nation's top center.

Halapoulivaati Vaitai (6-6, 308, Jr.) entered the fall in a first-team position at tackle. He made seven starts last season with five at right tackle and two on the left side.

Tayo Fabuluje (6-7, 340, Sr.) is a newcomer but a familiar face. He started 12 games at left tackle for the Horned Frogs in 2012, but did not participate in football last season as he attended classes at BYU.

Aviante Collins (6-6, 295, Jr.) has played a lot of snaps for the Horned Frogs at tackle. Collins started the final six games last year at right tackle after opening the season with three starts at left tackle. He started all 13 games as a true freshman in 2012. His 22 career starts are the most for current TCU offensive linemen and tied for third overall among active Horned Frogs.

Joseph Noteboom (6-5, 295, RFr.) and Matt Pryor (6-7, 350, RFr.) are promising young tackles who both redshirted last season. Noteboom closed spring drills in a first-team position at right tackle. Pryor, from Long Beach, Calif., was a late addition to the program a year ago.

Jamelle Naff (6-4, 325, Jr.) opened fall camp in a first-team position at left guard. He made two starts last season.

Frank Kee (6-4, 330, Jr.), an early enrollee from Tyler Junior College, is competing for a first-team job. Kee, who played his high school ball at nearby Mansfield Timberview, was ranked by Rivals.com last year as the nation's No. 3 junior college offensive guard.

Veteran Bobby Thompson (6-6, 310, Jr.) is also in the mix at guard. He has battled injuries but played well down the stretch last season.

Brady Foltz (6-4, 320, Jr.) and Patrick Morris (6-3, 288, So.) are versatile members of the offensive line who can play at either guard or center.

Foltz lettered the last two seasons at guard while appearing in 22 of 23 games. He is the younger brother of former TCU standout and All-Big 12 offensive guard Blaize Foltz (2009-12). Morris saw action in five games as a true freshman last season, including a start at left guard versus SMU.

True freshman Austin Schlottman (6-6, 280, Fr.) has impressed in camp at the center position. He was the fifth-ranked tackle in the state and did not allow a sack for Brenham High School last year.

Ty Barrett (6-5, 316, Fr.), Trey Elliott (6-4, 275, Fr.) and Ryan Griswold (6-5, 255, Fr.) are other 2014 signees who will look to make an impact.

BY THE NUMBERS:

2 - Former TCU offensive linemen active in the NFL (Marcus Cannon, New England Patriots; Marshall Newhouse, Cincinnati Bengals)

3 - Frank Kee's national ranking for junior college offensive guards last season

7 - Consecutive seasons (2009-15) a Foltz brother (Blaize, 2009-12; Brady, 2012-15) will be on the offensive line for TCU

22 - Career starts by Aviante Collins, the most of any active TCU offensive lineman

2010 - Year Jake Kirkpatrick won the Rimington Trophy as the nation's top center

 

 


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