Getting Niang back is huge for an offensive line that showed huge strides down the stretch. The big guy was great as a junior, but knows he can show more in his final season and rise up the big board.
“The goal [is to play in the NFL], but I’m not in a rush,” Niang said. “I think highly of myself and I would like to go pretty high. If that’s not the case, I’m coming right back.”
Niang had a standout junior season, but knows there is room for improvement. He mentioned improving run blocking as a priority next season.
“I can say I did my job, but after every game I still feel like there’s a ways to go,” Niang said. “I can still get a lot better. I just want to be more dominant.”
I think the Frogs make a lot of sense - what Hurts could do in 2019, and what his impact could be on Rogers and Duggan for years beyond, would be huge for TCU.
But TCU is a contender and rightfully so. The Frogs bring back much of their offensive line and have playmakers in WRs Jalen Reagor and Taye Barber, as well as RBs Darius Anderson and Sewo Olonilua.
TCU is all-in it’s pursuit and have some of the top recruiters in the country. Co-offensive coordinator Curtis Luper landed Cam Newton when he was an assistant at Auburn, and Sonny Cumbie has brought in high-end QBs such as Kenny Hill, Justin Rogers and Max Duggan.
Shh... don’t tell anyone that TCU should bounce back in a big way in 2019.
As pointed out by Jeremy Clark, publisher for HornedFrogBlitz, Hurts would step into an ideal situation in Ft. Worth. TCU returns five starters along the offensive line, running backs Darius Anderson and Sewo Olonilua, and welcome back Jalen Reagor, one of the nation’s most electrifying weapons. Reagor became the youngest player in TCU history to join the 1,000-yard receiving club last fall despite season-long issues at quarterback. When you underestimate TCU, Gary Patterson seems to be at his best and he’s still widely-considered one of college football’s top coaches.
Both LJ and Ben, NFL Combine invitees, should hear their name called during the draft.
This season, there could be two more well-known edge rushers from TCU by the time it’s all said and done. In a few weeks, both of these players will be turning in their successful senior seasons for a week’s worth of practice at the Senior Bowl.
L.J. Collier and Ben Banogu have both been productive for the Horned Frogs despite taking two different paths to get there. Let’s preview both players and set some expectations for their week at the Senior Bowl.
RJ has really come along over the last week, and looks to be finding the magic that made him one of the best high school players in the state prior to signing with the Frogs.
The Hall of Fame coach went on to praise one player in particular -- redshirt freshman guard RJ Nembhard.
Nembhard posted a career- and team-high 14 points on 3 of 6 shooting. Nine of those points came on three 3-pointers, and he went 5-of-6 from the free throw line.
“Nembhard was really good,” Self said. “He had a great game.”
It’s the second consecutive game that Nembhard has played well in. He has made the most of his expanded role with Jaylen Fisher sidelined with swelling in his right knee.
TCU’s bench went from a strength to awfully lean over the holiday break.
Coach Jamie Dixon’s Frogs have been exploding offensively since an early letdown loss to Lipscomb that dropped them from the national rankings. The Frogs sprinted through their Hawaii tournament, and junior guard Jaylen Fisher’s three-point shooting has been a pivotal component of the offensive onslaught. Fisher sat the bench on Saturday to rehab the knee for which he had surgery last year. Kaden Archie also didn’t see the court. The four-star freshman forward decided to transfer from the team due to the lack of minutes he received during non-conference games. The loss of Archie does not make a significant dent in the Frog attack, but, combined with Fisher, the bench looked lean against Baylor.