Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Ed K Saga - GOAT - Part VII - Offensive Guards

OFFENSIVE GUARDS

Maybe not as deep historically as center or tackle, and certainly not as glamorously, TCU’s guards – from the “Purple Wall” to the record-setting lines of the new century – have pulled and pushed for some great backfields.

1 -- Johnny Vaught (‘33): Captain of the undefeated 1932 Southwest Conference championship team – the first to beat all six SWC rivals -- Vaught led TCU to an incredible 28-4-2 record during his three years as a starter for Hall-of-Fame Coach Francis Schmidt on the “Purple Wall,” as TCU’s offensive front was called. The Fort Worth native was an All-American selection in 1932 and All-SWC in ’31 and ’32. Winner of the 1932 Rogers Trophy, he went on to become a legendary head football coach at the University of Mississippi. He was also a starting guard for two years … on the basketball team.

2 -- Mike Sullivan (’91): One of TCU’s few blue-chip recruits following NCAA sanctions in 1986, he didn’t disappoint. He was a four-year starter, twice an All-Southwest Conference selection (1989 and 1990). A Freshman All-American in ’87, he was a two-year team captain and Rogers Trophy winner in ’90, opening holes for backs like Tony Jeffrey, Tony Darthard, Tommy Palmer and Curtis Modkins.

3 -- Mike Brumbelow (’30): An outstanding blocker, paving the way for legendary halfback Cy Leland, he was an All-American on the undefeated 1929 team, which captured the school’s first Southwest Conference title. The Jacksboro native was captain and team MVP that season, as well. He was All-SWC in both ’28 and ’29.

4 -- Herb Zimmerman (’52): All-SWC on Dutch Meyer’s last conference champion in 1951, he paired with Alton “Curly” Taylor (also All-SWC) to form one of TCU’s best guard combos. The Mount Vernon product was an honorable-mention All-American in ’51, also.

5 -- Forrest Kline (’39): One of the guys who kept 5-7 quarterback Davey O’Brien in one piece -- along with All-SWC tackles Allie White and I.B. Hale and center Ki Aldrich -- he was also an All-SWC selection on TCU’s richly talented 1938 national champions. He was a member of the ’37 Cotton Bowl and ’39 Sugar Bowl champions.

6 -- Guy Morriss (’73): Paving the way for RB Mike Luttrell in the ‘70s, the Arlington native was All-SWC in 1972 and team captain. He was selected to a school-record four all-star games. In the NFL, he switched to center and was in two Super Bowls with the Eagles and Patriots He also was the head coach at Baylor from ’03-’07.

7 -- Morgan Williams (’54): Fort Worth’s Williams was a two-time, All-Southwest Conference selection (1952, 1953) at guard and team MVP in 1953. He also played on TCU’s 1951 SWC champions.

8 – Josh Vernon (’11): One of those players who gave everything he had, every down, every game, Vernon (surprisingly) was never chosen All-MWC, yet will always be remembered as one of TCU’s best linemen. Just ask the players who carried the football behind him.

9 – Kyle Dooley (’12): The K and D tattooed on his arms could just as easily have stood for Kills Defenders. A two-year starter, the 6-3, 315-pound Nebraskan was a MWC first-team choice as a senior in 2011.

10 -- John Marsh (’92): More than a few times, it was Marsh who pulled around and leveled some poor linebacker, setting Curtis Modkins free down the sidelines. No. 62 was All-SWC in 1991 for Head Coach Jim Wacker.

Honorable Mention –Steve Garmon (’65), Wilbert “Cotton” Harrison (’37), Lon Evans (’33), Giles Montgomery (’09), Alton Taylor (’52), Mason Mayne (’38)

Morning Dump.


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