2015 Preview: Four Starters Return on O-Line
Aug. 20, 2015
Anchored by center Joey Hunt (6-3, 295, Sr.), the offensive line returns four starters from a year ago.
Hunt, who arrived at TCU as a defensive tackle, earned All-Big 12 honors in 2014. The El Campo, Texas, native appears on preseason watch lists for the Outland Trophy, Rimington Trophy and Wuerffel Trophy. The 2015 Preseason All-Big 12 pick is also a nominee for the AFCA Good Works Team.
Austin Schlottman (6-6, 300, So.) entered fall camp as the back-up to Hunt at center. Schlottman, who could also be utilized at tackle, appeared in all 13 games as a true freshman last season.
Foltz’s first 13 career starts came last season. Naff also started each game in 2014.
Halapoulivaati Vaitai (6-6, 315, Sr.), a 2014 All-Big 12 selection and last year’s starter at right tackle, is now at left tackle to replace the graduated Tayo Fabuluje. Vaitai saw action on the left side last season. Like Hunt, Vaitai is a Preseason All-Big 12 selection and on the Outland Trophy Watch List.
Joseph Noteboom (6-5, 320, So.) closed the spring in a first-team position at right tackle. He appeared in all 13 games last season and was a first-team Academic All-Big 12 honoree.
Ty Barrett (6-5, 316, RFr.), Trey Elliott (6-4, 280, RFr.) and Ryan Griswold (6-5, 270, RFr.) redshirted in 2014 and will compete for playing time, along with converted tight end Luke Benuska (6-6, 295, Sr.).
BY THE NUMBERS:
8 - Consecutive seasons (2009-15) a Foltz brother (Blaize, 2008-12; Brady, 2012-15) will be on the offensive line for TCU
26 - Career starts by Joey Hunt, ranking first for active TCU offensive linemen and third among current Horned Frogs
2010 - Year Jake Kirkpatrick won the Rimington Trophy as the nation's top center
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