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TCU News: Ben Banogu’s journey to Fort Worth

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It wasn’t easy for the Frogs’ dynamic defender, but it certainly seems worth it.

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Football:

TCU season preview: Can a Shawn Robinson-Jalen Reagor connection keep the Horned Frogs trending upward? | Sports Day

I would argue that Reagor has already broken out and is expected to be a star this season... he’s certainly proved that he has the ability.

Jalen Reagor, WR: The Waxahachie alum was named the Big 12’s co-offensive freshman of the year last season when he led the Horned Frogs in receiving yards with 576. The way he ended his freshman year indicates his stock could be ready to take a big jump this fall. He had a TCU bowl record 169 receiving yards in the Alamo Bowl victory over Stanford.

Ben Banogu has undergone a meteoric rise at TCU, ‘but the script’s not done yet’ | Sports Day

You have to click on this link just to see Baby Ben.

There have been obstacles and detours during Banogu’s journey. The injuries at Prosper were a reason he was stamped a two-star recruit. He signed with the University of Louisiana-Monroe and redshirted as a freshman. After starting for one season he decided to transfer, despite having no landing spot.

“No large schools were biting on me,” he says. When TCU finally called shortly after Christmas, “I was like, ‘Shoot, yes, say no more, I’m coming.’ ”

After sitting out the 2016 season due to transfer rules, Banogu emerged in a major way, finishing second in the Big 12 in sacks (8.5) behind teammate Mat Boesen. He also had seven quarterback hurries, led the Horned Frogs in tackles for loss (16.5) and was named Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year.

Guess who the top trending CFB team on StubHub is? Hint: They wear purple | The Star-Telegram

Ohio State is certainly helping this, but still, good on Frog fans.

TCU coach Gary Patterson would prefer his team start the season ranked 65th and then prove people wrong by the end of the season.

He’s not getting his wish this season. Instead, TCU is ranked in just about every preseason Top 25 poll and is now the “top-trending” team on StubHub.

The Horned Frogs year over year demand is up 298 percent based on StubHub sales, making the largest jump in demand among StubHub’s Top 10 selling teams, according to a news release.

TCU football player lost ’17 season with injury from Sixth Street punch | The Statesman

Novak is back on the practice field this fall after what sounds like a brutal encounter a year ago.

Cole Novak said he was punched outside of the Concrete Cowboy while defusing a fight involving his brother.

Defendant Humberto Barrera pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault Tuesday at the start of his trial.

Texas Christian University football player Cole Novak said he never saw the man who, with a sucker punch, broke his jaw outside of a West Sixth Street bar last summer and wiped out what should have been his senior season with the Horned Frogs.

Novak, a Georgetown High graduate who plays tight end at TCU, testified Tuesday in Travis County state District Court he was trying to defuse an argument between his brother and another man when he was hit from the side so hard he thought the attack might have been with a baseball bat.

Cheer:

TCU coach resigns after being placed on administrative leave | The Star-Telegram

The Frogs have hired a coach from LSU to take over the program.

Former TCU cheerleading coach Mickey Farris, who had been put on administrative leave earlier this year, has resigned.

The TCU athletic department had been “investigating” complaints from some cheerleaders, and their parents, about Coach Farris. Most of the complaints anchored around a lack of communication from the coach about individual performances.