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TCU News: Banogu confident ahead of the draft “I feel I can be a top five, top three pass rusher.”

The former Frog impressed at the Combine.

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QB Competition Underway at TCU Spring Football | NBCDFW

Delton has looked great so far, but it’s certainly early.

The search for a starting quarterback is on as the TCU Horned Frogs opened spring practice in Fort Worth.

Graduate transfer Alex Delton, redshirt freshman Justin Rogers and true freshman Max Duggan are competing for the job after last year’s starter, former DeSoto standout Shawn Robinson, transferred to the Missouri Tigers.

”They understand there’s a competition,” said head football coach Gary Patterson. “Anytime there’s competition, there’s going to be more attention to detail because whatever rep you get, you’re going to try to make it the best you can make it.”

The Horned Frogs return seven starters on the offensive side of the ball and five starters on defense in 2019.

Former Oklahoma standout Malcolm Kelly ‘amped’ to join TCU’s coaching staff | The Star-Telegram

This should be a great addition to the staff and recruiting.

Kelly, 32, joined the program in time for spring practice. Rusty Burns has moved into an offensive analyst position.

“While we’re thrilled to welcome Malcolm to TCU, we’re very excited to keep Rusty on our staff,” coach Gary Patterson said in a statement. “Coach Burns has been so valuable to us in our success through the years. He is a big part of the TCU family.”

Kelly spent the last two seasons at Houston. He served as a graduate assistant in 2017, and was elevated to an analyst role in 2018. The Cougars had the seventh-best total offense in the country last season.

TCU’s Ben Banogu: I feel I have highest ceiling of all pass rushers in 2019 draft class | The Star-Telegram

Banogu is truly just getting started as a football player.

“I’m still raw in my pass rush game,” Banogu told the Star-Telegram following his NFL Combine performance.

“One of the biggest things I talked with teams about, and they agreed, is that I’m a very good athlete and was productive in a lot of phases because of my motor and being highly motivated. But I feel I can fine tune a lot of my pass rush technique.

“I think I have the highest ceiling of all the edge rushers. Guys like Nick Bosa and Josh Allen, they’re great players and very polished. For me, I’m just now getting into it and seeing where I can be in five years. In five years, I feel I can be a top five, top three pass rusher.”

Not just from this year’s draft class, either. In the league.

2019 TCU Horned Frogs Spring Preview | Heartland College Sports

The QB issue hangs overhead, but TCU has a lot to replace on the D Line as well.

Having to replace defensive end Ben Banogu will be tough, but having to replace L.J. Collier as well is arguably even tougher. Both Bangou and Collier were first team All-Big 12 selections last season and were the best pass rushing duo in the Big 12 last year. With that being said, this defense will need some new faces to step in and takeover at the defensive end spot. Without some incoming help at defensive end, TCU would have only about three true defensive ends. Right now, it looks like five guys will try to fill the void at the two end spots. Ochaun Mathis, Gary Overshown and Brandon Bowen return while Adam Plant and Parker Workman are two newcomers who could see some significant snaps in the spring. South Carolina grad transfer Shameik Blackshear will likely be in the mix when fall camp starts because he will not arrive on campus until May. Besides the defensive end spot, I think the Frogs will be fine at defensive tackle with some solid depth and the return of Ross Blacklock.