Roach to play in Hula Bowl
Dec. 30, 2007
FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU safety David Roach will play in the 2008 Hula Bowl on Jan. 12 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.
Roach is the second Horned Frog this season to accept an invitation to a postseason All-Star Game. Defensive end Chase Ortiz will be in the Jan. 19 East-West Shrine Game in Houston.
Roach becomes the 26th Frog in Gary Patterson's seven-year tenure as head coach to play in a college All-Star Game. TCU will be represented for the second-straight year in the Hula Bowl. Former quarterback Jeff Ballard played in last year's contest.
A second-team All-Mountain West Conference selection, Roach placed fourth on TCU with a career-high 76 tackles this season. He tied for second on the team with seven pass break-ups, including two in the Texas Bowl victory over Houston. Roach forced two fumbles on the year and had an interception at Texas.
A graduate student from Abilene, Texas, Roach started all 13 games. He was moved from weak safety to free safety, a position he occupied in 2006, prior to a Nov. 3 game with New Mexico. The Frogs proceeded to defeat the Lobos, 37-0, en route to four wins in their final five games.