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TCU News: Blacklock an A-A, Hughes supports Banogu’s return

A former TCU star is glad a current one is returning for his senior season.

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Football:

Our way-too-early rankings for the 2018 college football season: Oklahoma, TCU, Texas make the cut | Sports Day

The Frogs get a little more respect locally than in the first national poll.

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The Horned Frogs lose Kenny Hill, but Shawn Robinson earned valuable experience as a true freshman that should ease 2018 growing pains. Gary Patterson’s defense will continue to be the class of the Big 12. Players like DE Ben Banogu coming back for one more year will only help matters.

This TCU football star made the right decision about the NFL | The Star-Telegram

Most seem to agree that Banogu made the right choice, for himself and TCU. Former Frog Jerry Hughes agrees.

Hughes is an expert of how the NFL can go, good or bad. If he says Banogu made the right call, he made the right call.

“Coming back gives you a great idea of where you need to work, and your problem areas,” Hughes said. “It gives you the chance to match up what you need to do, and work on the drills they have at the combine. It’s good for your body, and you can start prepping for that job. It’s one of the biggest interviews you will ever have in your life.

“To rush in and say, ‘I want to leave now,’ it’s better to just take your time. It’s better to go through a senior year, to come back and put together a great body of work. ... The 40-yard dash. The bench press. You can work on that while you’re in school. I think he will be able to work on every area that someone says may be a flaw and improve it. We’re athletes — we all have flaws.”

One of TCU’s four-star recruits becomes freshman All-American | The Star-Telegram

Big Ross is only getting started.

Defensive tackle Ross Blacklock, one of the four-star players in the TCU recruiting class two years ago, is an All-American after one year on the field.

The redshirt freshman from Missouri City was named to the Football Writers Association of America’s Freshman All-America team, the group announced Monday.

He started all 14 games for the Horned Frogs, recording two sacks among 6.5 tackles for loss for the Big 12’s top run defense. At 6-foot-4, 326 pounds, he represents the type of size coach Gary Patterson has been seeking to add to the defensive line in the Big 12.

Basketball:

Oklahoma basketball: Sooners face ranked opponents Texas Tech, TCU at home OU Daily

The recipe to defeat the Sooners has been written by WVU, but can the Frogs execute the game plan?

TCU visits Norman looking to avenge a one-point loss at home two weeks ago. Like the Sooners, the Horned Frogs are offensively minded and remain one of the top scoring teams in college basketball. They feature five double-digit scorers, some who score consistently in and outside the paint, and they return a host of players who had a part in TCU’s NIT championship last year.

The Horned Frogs were one of the few undefeated teams left before Oklahoma came to town, but the loss didn’t come from a lack of trying. TCU recorded 20 offensive rebounds, the most the Sooners have allowed all season, and moved the ball better. Overall, TCU out-rebounded Oklahoma 46-40, and will come out just as aggressive, if not more, the second time around.

Jayhawks Maul Horned Frogs | Rock Chalk Talk

I don’t think they know what the meaning of the word ‘maul’ is...

Things got very interesting in Ft. Worth Saturday, resulting in a lot of Kansas fans biting their nails before the Jayhawks came through.

It actually looked like Kansas might cruise to a Big 12 road victory early on. Solid early defense and hot shooting by Svi Mykhailiuk carried KU to a 22-8 lead. TCU would chip away at that average through the remainder of the half, but Kansas still went into the break with a 42-34 lead.

It felt like things would get tighter in the second, with Kansas having shot incredibly well in the first, while TCU shot unsustainably poorly. The law of averages won out, and TCU pulled closer and closer until finally taking a lead around the 5 minute mark. Unfortunately for Kansas, this run by TCU saw Udoka Azubuike foul out before the 4 minute break, and things seemed dicey for the Jayhawks.