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TCU News: Can L.J. Collier replace Mat Boesen? Banogu makes another watch list

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Banogu Named to Hendricks Award Watch List | GoFrogs.com

The Ted Hendricks Award recognizes the top defensive end in college football.

Banogu, the 2018 Big 12 Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, was first-team All-Big 12 and the Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year last season. His 8 1/2 sacks ranked second in the Big 12, behind only teammate and current Buffalo Bill Mat Boesen (11 1/2). Banogu’s 16 1/2 tackles for loss led TCU and were third in the Big 12. The senior from McKinney, Texas, had at least one TFL in 13 of 14 games. He also forced three fumbles on the season, including on sacks in consecutive road wins at Arkansas and Oklahoma State.

TCU went 7-0 to start last season. Duplicating that won’t be easy this season. | Fort Worth Star Telegram

The question marks on offense are leading to concerns about TCU’s ability to hit their stride out of the gate.

TCU is in the midst of a quarterback competition in fall camp. Shawn Robinson is the odds-on favorite to replace Kenny Hill, but don’t write off Penn transfer Michael Collins quite yet.

Whoever is the quarterback will inherit weapons ranging from receiver KaVontae Turpin to running back Darius Anderson. The question facing the Frogs, though, is rebuilding an offensive line that had four contributors land in NFL camps.

TCU comes in at No. 18 on Joel Klatt’s Preseason Top 25 | FOX Sports

Check out what Joel Klatt has to say about the Frogs, and about Gary Patterson (it’s a video, go watch it!)

Can a slimmed-down L.J. Collier be TCU’s Mat Boesen replacement? ‘He’s got a chance’ | Fort Worth Star Telegram

For Collier, it’s about adjusting to an expanded role, and ensuring that his production stays top-level.

“It’s about how can you play 40 plays a game and play at the speed we want to play and play more than three plays at a time and rotate,” Patterson said. “If he wants to play six plays, the whole thing has been about getting him where he can play. If you’re tired by the time you get to third down, then you can’t.