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2013 TCU Football Preview: The Tight Ends

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 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.


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 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.