Could we finally get a Frog on the Cowboys?
The Cowboys love versatility in their defensive lineman, and Ben Banogu is as versatile as they come. Banogu developed year to year as a pass rusher, and can win from both the outside and inside even with him being undersized. Still very raw in terms of technique as a pass rusher and run defender. Athletic and physical traits are extremely intriguing, though the tape didn’t match the combine results in my viewings. High character, high motor player that plays with great intensity on the field and is as clean as they come off the field. Named a captain at TCU in his final year, and was one of the key players on the Horn Frogs defense in his junior and senior seasons.
I mean, it’s all in the name, right?
With two years of playing time at Snow College under his belt, Workman was a huge get for TCU in terms of boosting experience in a department where that isn’t exactly stockpiled with returning talent. At 6-3 and 240 pounds strong, Workman also brings a healthy amount of versatility, having played at both linebacker and defensive end while at Snow.
And it’s that kind of versatility that has often led defensive players -- past and present -- to thrive under Patterson’s defensive scheme. Alas, defensive end seems to be where Workman will get most of his reps, as defensive tackle Ross Blacklock is the lone defensive lineman with considerable playing experience in the past under Patterson. And even Blacklock will be forced to get back in the groove rapidly, still recovering this spring from a non-contact injury last fall that forced him to miss the entire 2018 season.
The former WR has some off the field issues to clear up.
Patterson said if the legal charges aren’t resolved by March 29, Turpin would not participate.
“We still have to have standards and he knows that,” Patterson said. “I’ll have a conversation with him, this university will have a conversation with him. I still love Turpin to death, but the bottom line is there’s still standards.”
Turpin is a dynamic playmaker with the ball in his hands, the best returner in TCU history. He has been training at APEC in Fort Worth, and told the Star-Telegram last month he has put on 10 pounds and weighs 165.
At 5-foot-9, though, Turpin has been viewed as a borderline NFL prospect. But Patterson said NFL teams are interested in him.
“There’s a lot of NFL teams that are interested in him,” Patterson said. “Whether he does [Pro Day] here, or he does it somewhere else, he will do it.
The defensive stud plans to sign with whichever school he chooses in December.
Another factor that stands out about the Frogs is their history of getting to the quarterback. TCU has finished atop the Big 12 in total sacks in two of the past three seasons and Umanmielen says that is an eye opening stat and does play a factor.
“It definitely does; last year they had the most sacks in the Big 12 and the year before Mat Boesen was second for the most sacks in college football,” he said.
In addition to his relationship with the TCU coaches and the Frogs’ tradition on defense, Umanmielen is getting recruiting pitches from two of his good friends; current TCU commits Jahdae Barron and Dajon Harrison.
“They’re trying to get me down there; they’re telling me ‘512, let’s all go down there’; just stuff like that,” he said. “They’re trying to get me and my teammate Tahj Brooks.”