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Frogs in the Pros: Jerry Hughes records sack, forced fumble against the Dolphins

The former TCU edge rusher had a sack and a forced fumble in Buffalo’s 26-11 win over Miami on Sunday.

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Former TCU defensive lineman Jerry Hughes enjoyed his strongest outing of the season Sunday, recording one sack and a forced fumble to help the Buffalo Bills take down the Miami Dolphins 26-11 and reach 5-2 on the season. The 33-year-old pass rusher has been a consistent contributor on a Bills defense filled with edge-rushing talent this season.

Hughes has been one of the highest-graded defenders on the Bills by Pro Football Focus this season. His 83.4 pass rushing grade is also the second highest it’s been over a seven-game stretch to start a season in his professional career. For the second consecutive season, Hughes and the Bills are looking like Super Bowl contenders in the AFC.

Here are more updates from TCU football players in the NFL during Week 8

Jalen Reagor leaves win over Lions with ankle injury

After rushing two times for 21 yards during the first quarter, Reagor nearly scored his second touchdown in two games, taking the pitch-pass from Jalen Hurts and stretching for the goal line, but coming just short and unfortunately injuring his ankle in the process. Reagor was eventually carted off and did not return, but the Philadelphia Eagles had no trouble with the Detroit Lions, rushing for four touchdowns in a 44-6 victory.

Desmond Bane off to a strong start for the Memphis Grizzlies

The former TCU guard looks more and more like the steal of the 2020 NBA Draft, earning a starting role in only his second season with the Grizzlies and putting up consistent numbers. It’s a small sample size, but Bane’s on pace to double his scoring average from his rookie season while posting nearly identical and highly efficient shooting percentages.

Bane ranks among the 98th percentile on spot-up shots in the entire league, something scouts thought Bane could excel at in the NBA. Bane has also flashed some defensive ability during the early portion of the season, holding LeBron James, Paul George and C.J. McCollum to a combined 4-for-20 shooting from the field . After reaching the playoffs last year, Bane and the Grizzlies are seeking their second straight postseason bid.

Yazmeen Ryan earns first career start with Portland Thorns FC

The former TCU soccer standout entered the starting lineup for her team’s regular-season finale against the North Carolina Courage on Saturday, helping Portland record its 13th shutout of the year and secure the No. 1 overall seed for the National Women’s Soccer League postseason. Ryan was interviewed after the match to discuss her first-ever start.

The No. 6 overall pick in the 2021 NWSL Draft, Ryan scored seven goals and totaled six assists for the Horned Frogs in her final season with the program, helping TCU to its first-ever Elite Eight appearance. The 2021 United Soccer Coaches First-Team All-American totaled 23 goals and 23 assists during her collegiate career with the Horned Frogs.