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Three Frogs earn watch list honors

Some big names on both sides of the ball are players to watch for significant player of the year awards.

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Darius Anderson, Ben Banogu, and Ty Summers have all been named to various watch lists as the preseason winds down and football gets closer to meaningful games.

Running back Darius Anderson, who burst onto the scene as a sophomore before suffering an injury down the stretch, has been listed as a player to watch by the Maxwell Award, given to America’s College Player of the Year annually.

COLLEGE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Each year the Maxwell Football Club presents the Maxwell Award for the College Player of the Year. This award is presented in honor of Robert W. (Tiny) Maxwell, legendary college player, official and sports columnist.

WHO VOTES?

Voters for the Maxwell College Awards are NCAA Head College Football Coaches, members of the Maxwell Football Club & sportswriters and sportscasters from across the country.

Currently sitting in the pole position for career yards per carry at 6.4, Anderson led the team with 768 yards and scored eight touchdowns as part of an injury-shortened Honorable Mention All-Big 12 season.

Anderson, who hails from Rosenberg, Texas, was the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week after his breakout performance in Stillwater against Oklahoma State. In the Frogs’ road upset of a top ten Cowboys team, DA broke loose for 160 yards and three scores, in addition to hauling in four receptions. He had a 100 yard day against the Arkansas Razorbacks, also on the road, and wracked up 99 against the Longhorns in Fort Worth - a game in which he decleated a Texas player.

The Frogs last had a Maxwell Award winner way back in 1938, when quarterback - and Horned Frog legend - Davey O’Brien took it home. Anderson will face plenty of competition for the honor in 2018, including from conference mates Alex Barnes of Kansas State, Rodney Anderson and Kyler Murray at OU, running back Justice Hill of Oklahoma State, and Will Grier and David Sills V of WVU. Last year’s winner was Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Frogs have two potential Player of the Year candidates, as both Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Ben Banogu and Ty Summers were named to the Chuck Bednarik Award watch list.

COLLEGE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

The College Defensive Player of the Year Award is named in honor of Chuck Bednarik, College and Pro Football Hall of Famer.

WHO VOTES?

Voters for the Maxwell College Awards are NCAA Head College Football Coaches, members of the Maxwell Football Club & sportswriters and sportscasters from across the country.

Banogu is a potential first round draft pick who returned for his senior season to continue to develop, elevate his stock, and try and win a bunch more games with TCU. He was second in the conference a year ago with 8 12 sacks, trailing teammate Mat Boesen’s 11 12 . Banogu was the conference’s Newcomer of the Year last season, as well.

Summers, recently minted as a TCU graduate, is on pace to break the all-time tackles mark at TCU, set just a season ago by former Frog Travin Howard. Summers currently sits fifth all time with 271 career stops, just 73 off of Howard’s pace.

TCU is one of several schools to have multiple players on the list, including the Kansas due of Joe Dineen and Daniel Wise and a pair of Texas linebackers in Breckyn Hager and Gary Johnson. The award was won by Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick.

Congratulations to all three players for their excellence to this point, and here’s to hoping for healthy and successful seasons for all three in 2018.