In a huge blow to the TCU Horned Frogs’ depth chart, starting offensive lineman Tayo Fabuluje has quit the team for what ESPN Big 12 blogger David Ubben is reporting to be personal reasons.
At 6-foot-7 and 315 pounds, we mean it when we say this is a “huge” blow to coach Gary Patterson’s offensive line. However, Fabuluje was more than simply a large frame. After transferring from BYU, he sat out the entire 2011 season but was a force in 2012. He started 12 games for the Horned Frogs, including 10 at the all-important left tackle position.
With an inexperienced but highly mobile freshman quarterback in Trevone Boykin under center for most of the season, performing well as a blocker up front was no easy task. But Fabuluje was up to it. He earned honorable mention for All-Big 12 newcomer of the year in 2012.
The Horned Frogs are set to open the 2013 season with not only big-time expectations, but against a big-time opponent in LSU. However, starting defensive end Davonte Fields has already been suspended for the opener and now the team will be without Fabuluje as well, who was listed in the team’s most recent depth chart as the starting right tackle.
Going up against an SEC powerhouse is difficult enough as it is, let alone without two stars down in the trenches. Halapoulivaati Vaitai is behind Fabuluje on the TCU depth chart and will presumably be sliding into the starting role. Vaitai is a 6-foot-6, 308-pounder who appeared in five games as a true freshman in 2012.
Fabuluje would have been a junior this fall. The future plans of the Euless, Texas native have yet to be reported.