TCU Duo Added to Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List

Aug. 26, 2015

HOUSTON -- TCU center Joey Hunt and offensive tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai have been added to the watch list for the Rotary Lombardi Award.

Hunt and Vaitai join TCU teammate and defensive tackle Davion Pierson, who was on the original list released last month.

Hunt and Vaitai are both Preseason All-Big 12 selections after earning all-conference honors last year.

A senior from El Campo, Texas, Hunt also appears on watch lists for the Rimington Trophy, Outland Trophy and Wuerffel Trophy. A captain in each game for the Horned Frogs in 2014, Hunt has started all 25 contests the last two seasons as well as being Academic All-Big 12 both years.

Vaitai started all 13 contests at right tackle last season. He has made 19 starts over the last two campaigns. The senior from Haltom, Texas, also appears on watch lists for the Outland Trophy and Polynesian Player of the Year Award.

Hunt and Vaitai are two of 10 returning starters on a TCU offensive unit that finished second in the nation in scoring (46.5 points per game) and tied for fifth in total offense (533.0 yards per game). The Horned Frogs set single-season school records for points (604), passing yards (4,240), total yards (6,929), first downs (331) and plays (1,038).

TCU All-Americans Jerry Hughes and Jake Kirkpatrick were finalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award in 2009 and 2010, respectively.



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