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TCU News: Baseball drops another, Collier and Banogu ready for their big moments

The NFL Draft begins tomorrow.


TCU is reeling after loss to DBU. But ‘ugly baseball can turn beautiful’ in a hurry | The Star-Telegram

The Frogs have not looked good much over the last few weeks, but somehow remain in the thick of the title race.

But, for as bad as things are going for TCU (23-16, 6-6 Big 12), it is still in the hunt for a conference championship and an NCAA Tournament berth. It just doesn’t feel that way after Dallas Baptist (28-12) completed a two-game season sweep of TCU by a combined score of 20-9.

“As ugly as we’ve played, we still have things in front of us,” Schlossnagle said. “Now the time is here. If you go win series the rest of the way in the Big 12, you still put yourself in that situation. But it’s not about that. They’ve heard that a million times.

“You’ve got to play good baseball and ultimately that’s on me. I haven’t coached this team any different and it seems like the things we’re the worst at are the things that we work at the most and the things we talk about the most. The more we do it, the worse we get. I’ve never had a team that doesn’t get an out on a bunt.”


When will the Justin Rogers era at TCU begin? | The Star-Telegram

We are all waiting with baited breath to see if Rogers is ready for the fall.

So where does that leave Rogers? He was supposed to be the future of Frogs’ football.

“He gets a little frustrated but at the end of the day he’s able to go in now and be a live rush and practice 11 on 11 and do things which is what a young quarterback needs to learn all of the other things,” Coach Gary Patterson said during Tuesday Big 12 teleconference. “He was better at the end of spring than he was at the beginning. It’s just a process. Anybody who’s been apart of that injury knows it’s a process.”

Rogers’ progress has been slowed by the injury, which prevented him from engaging in much live practice until late last season.

“He wasn’t ready for that physically or mentally,” Patterson said. “So now he can move forward and he was able to do it this spring.”

Munday Made: How TCU’s L.J. Collier became a top NFL Draft prospect | The Star-Telegram

The firey lineman has a chance to be a first rounder tomorrow night.

“I’m going to get in your face and kick your ass the whole game. It’s that simple, really.”

Collier backs up that mindset and approach with what he put on film his final season at TCU, and is a significant reason he’s considered a possible first-round pick in this week’s NFL Draft.

To succeed at the highest level of football, players have to play with an edge. They have to have a nasty streak in them.

Collier has that.

Ben Banogu 2019 NFL Draft Profile | LWOF

I think Ben is going to do just fine at the next level.

Despite his stellar collegiate career, there are still plenty of concerns about how Banogu will translate to the NFL. Banogu shows a tendency to lead with inside moves when rushing the passer and struggles to beat tackles around the edge. Although extremely athletic for his size, Banogu will need to make it a point to add more pass rushing moves to his arsenal, or he’ll cap out as a situational player at best. Banogu has also had trouble disengaging from blocks and often gets taken out of plays after being unsuccessful with his initial burst.

Despite all of that, Banogu is another player that has the potential to be a solid draft steal in the later rounds with the potential to be an NFL starter. It’ll be up to his coaching staff to fully commit to helping him develop his pass rushing arsenal and increasing his lower body strength. A move to outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme would vastly improve his trajectory to becoming an NFL starter. Ben Banogu is currently projected as a late third to early fourth round pick.