Former TCU defensive end Tipa Galea’i announced on Twitter he will transfer to Utah State.
— Tipa Galea'i (@TipaGaleai_) July 4, 2017
It’s not a surprise for a couple of reasons. Galea’i’s older brother, Salanoa, played for the Aggies earlier in his career.
Earlier, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Ryan Osborne reported that Galea’i was charged with assault causing bodily injury after a Jan. 21 incident on campus. It led to him being kicked out of school.
Galea’i was accused of chasing two students into a dorm and punching them several times, causing lip injuries. It led to him being booked on misdemeanor charges. He was released after posting a $5,000 bond.
With Galea’i gone from the team, senior Mat Boesen is the only TCU defensive end with more than two career tackles.
Galea’i will sit out 2017 to satisfy the NCAA’s transfer rules before becoming eligible next season. It will leave him with two remaining seasons with Utah State.
The 6-foot-5, 235-pound rush end was a 3-star recruit out of Euless Trinity High School.
Galea’i had a big game in the Horned Frogs’ loss to Georgia in the Liberty Bowl. He recovered a fumble, forced a fumble and notched a sack against the Bulldogs. During the 2016 season, he played 10 games with 24 tackles, 5 1/2 tackles and 3 1/2 sacks.
Potential replacements include 4-star redshirt freshman Isaiah Chambers, 4-star sophomore Brandon Bowen and Louisiana-Monroe transfer Ben Banogu. Bowen is the nephew of former San Antonio Spurs defensive wizard Bruce Bowen.
TCU coaches feel confident they will have a replacement. But Galea’i’s late surge showed his growing confidence in coach Gary Patterson’s defense. It will be a loss for them.