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TCU center started late, learned fast

Kirkpatrick didn't play football until senior year of high school

Updated: January 2, 2010, 12:14 AM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Before center Jake Kirkpatrick could contemplate starting for an undefeated TCU team against Boise State in Monday's Fiesta Bowl, he was just a private school basketball player hoping for a chance to play big-time high school football.

That was why he walked into the weight room at Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler, Texas, in the spring of 2005, before his senior year, and announced that he wanted to play for the defending state champion football team.

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