Will we see a “free agent” system in college football?
TCU senior defensive end Ben Banogu transferred to the Frogs from the University of Louisiana Monroe after the 2015 season, but didn’t have much of an opinion on today’s players using the rules to their advantage.
After all, there’s always give and take. Patterson and other college coaches may not be fond of players bolting midseason. But the teams benefit from the redshirt rule when a younger player can gain game experience without burning a year of eligibility.
“I know that sometimes when people transfer, they transfer for different reasons,” Banogu said. “I don’t think it’s up to me to make that determination or to look too much into that. I, myself, transferred and I had my own reasons, so it really just depends on the person, the coach and the player.”
The team still believes in their QB.
“It always feels good to be back in the Carter,” said defensive end Ben Banogu. “We’re surrounded by great fans, great atmosphere, and playing in front of your home fans is always good. Something about the Carter at night is always a bit more lively, so I’m excited about that.”
TCU is “not where [they] want to be” entering Week 5, according to head coach Gary Patterson. Last week, Patterson’s squad suffered a second-half meltdown for the second week in a row, where quarterback Shawn Robinson lost a fumble and threw for two interceptions in the 31-16 loss to Texas.
“We got to figure out what we keep doing at the start of the third quarter,” said Patterson. “We need to hold on to the football game. You don’t need to panic. Both ball games we were ahead. That’s not just on Shawn.”
The defense needs to get back to their ball-hawking ways.
“I think going into the game you can’t look at things that frustrate you, you have to go in there with the mindset that we’re going to do something about it. We have a game coming up with Iowa State and that’s a good opportunity to get some turnovers and do the things we haven’t been doing these last couple of weeks. It’s an opportunity to make it happen.”
As frustrating as it has been on defense creating turnovers, it doesn’t help when the offense puts pressure on the defense after giving the ball away. Linebacker Garret Wallow isn’t about to put any blame on the offense.
“We just have to play better as a defense to give our offense more opportunities. We’re all a team so we have to all go out there and play our best. It’s another step we have to take to win games.”
Turnover battle wins.
Don’t look now, but for the Cyclones to beat the Horned Frogs a second time in a row during Saturday’s 6 p.m. game in Fort Worth, Texas, it must be the same recipe.
Because until the offense gets rolling, Iowa State wins with defense.
Force the turnover-prone mobile quarterback into turnovers. Shadow big-play receivers Jalen Reagor and KaVontae Turpin. Minimize tackle whiffs.
And maybe most importantly — get continued solid play from defensive linemen JaQuan Bailey, Ray Lima, Jamahl Johnson and Enyi Uwazurike.
“They’ve been the most consistent group on our football team through three games,” Matt Campbell said.
Awesome that his team supported him, even back in ‘94.
As I think back on my time on the football team at TCU, I realize that coming out to my team was always about representation. Openly LGBTQ athletes should be represented in college and professional sports so that others have the courage to come out behind them. Openly LGBTQ professionals should be represented in leadership positions in businesses and corporations so others know it is safe to come out in the workplace.
Openly LGBTQ people should be represented across faith communities so others know they can live their lives authentically as a person of faith. And openly LGBTQ Americans should be represented at all levels of our government to represent our interests and be a voice for equality. I’m very excited and proud to be a part of this work and I hope others will join us in our efforts.