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The Frogs’ DE scored an invite to the country’s biggest senior showcase - as a linebacker.

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Football:

This TCU defender will have a chance to boost NFL stock at Senior Bowl | The Star-Telegram

This is a great opportunity for Ben, who could be a first round draft pick next spring.

TCU defender Ben Banogu is going to the Senior Bowl.

Banogu has accepted his invite to the all-star event next January in Mobile, Alabama. A good showing will go a long ways in boosting Banogu’s NFL draft stock.

Banogu is listed as a linebacker, not a defensive end, for the game.

Michigan State, TCU, Wisconsin Among College Football Teams That Disappointed In 2018 | Forbes

All things considered, I don’t think most fans are truly disappointed.

Gary Patterson sure has spoiled everybody in Fort Worth since taking over in December 2000. Which is why there was no reason not to think the Horned Frogs would live up to their top-20 preseason billing. Alas, they needed to defeat Oklahoma State last week to become bowl eligible.

A rough season has included the dismissal of receiver KaVontae Tuprin, a game-breaker on special teams, the loss of quarterback Shawn Robinson due to injury and being blown out by Oklahoma and West Virginia. There was also a loss at Kansas, the Jayhawks’ first October win since 2009.

Turnovers (22 on the season) plagued them early and often in starting 3-5. Their 31 points against Oklahoma State were the most TCU scored since posting 42 at SMU in Week 2.

TCU earns commitment from three-star DE Thomas Armstrong | Sports Day

The Frogs continue filling needs in their 2019 class.

Armstrong, out of Chaminade-Madonna Preparatory School in Hollywood, Fla., chose TCU over Rutgers and South Florida among the FBS schools that offered him. He also had an offer from Stetson (FCS). Armstrong made his official visit to Fort Worth last weekend.

Armstrong, at 6-3 and 220 pounds, is ranked No. 115 at his position within the Class of 2019 in the 247Sports Composite rankings.

TCU’s 2019 recruiting class is now up to 18 players with the addition of Armstrong. The group ranks No. 33 in the nation and No. 3 in the Big 12, per 247Sports.

Basketball:

Frogs hold off Ole Miss on the road to win Big 12/SEC Challenge | The Star-Telegram

Next up: The Maggie Dixon Classic vs Army.

Senior forward Amy Okonkwo provided spark off the bench with 10 points and five rebounds to put the Frogs up 29-17 in the first half.

Ole Miss mounted a comeback and outscored the Frogs 23-10 to take the lead, 40-39, heading into the fourth quarter.

Okonkwo and Jordan Moore kept TCU alive, both pouring in double-doubles. Moore scored 10 of the last 12 TCU points to total 15 points and 15 rebounds. Okonkwo finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds on 8 of 12 shooting from the field.