2013 TCU Football Preview: The Tight Ends

Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

The tight end position will be bolstered by the return of Stephen Bryant (6-5, 240, Jr.), last year's projected starter who suffered a season-ending injury in the opening scrimmage of fall camp.

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Bryant saw action in 12 games in the 2011 campaign. At New Deal (Texas) High School, he was an all-state defensive back and the district most valuable player at quarterback.

Griffin Gilbert (6-5, 220, So.), who started five games as a true freshman last season, opened fall camp behind Bryant on the depth chart. Gilbert's two receptions in 2012 both came against Kansas State.

Gilbert was rated by Rivals.com as the No. 1 tight end in Texas and No. 10 in the nation coming out of Lake Travis High School in Austin.

Buck Jones (6-4, 240, RFr.) and converted defensive end Cliff Murphy (6-4, 265, Jr.) add depth at the position.

Jones, from Matthews, N.C., redshirted last season. His father, Gregg Jones, was a three-year TCU football letterman (1985-87).

Charlie Reid (6-4, 225, Fr.) and Bryson Burtnett (6-5, 237, Fr.) are newcomers who will look to make an immediate impact. Burtnett enrolled early and went through spring practice.

BY THE NUMBERS:

1 - Touchdown catches by tight ends in double overtime of TCU wins last season (Corey Fuller at West Virginia)

5 - Combined career starts by TCU tight ends, all by Griffin Gilbert

10 - Griffin Gilbert's national ranking by Rivals.com for tight ends his senior year at Lake Travis High School

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

101 - Tackles by Buck Jones as a linebacker and defensive end his senior year at Weddington High School in Matthews, N.C.

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