TCU sends 3 to NFL Scout­ing Com­bine

Star-Telegram (Sunday) - - Sports - BY DREW DAV­I­SON ddavi­[email protected]­

The TCU foot­ball team might not have had the best 2018 sea­son. The Frogs dealt with a num­ber of in­juries, but man­aged to win four of the fi­nal five games to post a win­ning sea­son.

Part of that is thanks to NFL-cal­iber tal­ent on the de­fen­sive side. Ends L.J. Col­lier and Ben Banogu were sta­ples through­out the sea­son, some­thing that coach Gary Pat­ter­son pointed to as keep­ing the Frogs in most games.

Line­backer Ty Sum­mers bat­tled an an­kle in­jury much of the sea­son, but made an im­pact when healthy.

So it’s no sur­prise that Col­lier, Banogu and Sum­mers have been in­vited to the NFL Scout­ing Com­bine in In­di­anapo­lis. The 2019 dates are Feb. 26March 4.

Col­lier, who will play in the Senior Bowl later this month in Mo­bile, Alabama, is pro­jected to be the top TCU tal­ent in this year’s draft, shin­ing in his first full sea­son as a starter.

Col­lier had a ca­reer­high six sacks and 111⁄

2 tack­les for loss. He also had the most pass breakups (four) by a de­fen­sive line­man on the team. Col­lier shined in TCU’s 10-7 over­time vic­tory over Cal in the Cheez-It Bowl, too, with two tack­les for loss, in­clud­ing a sack.

Col­lier’s best game was an eight-tackle per­for­mance in TCU’s 14-13 vic­tory over Kansas State.

Banogu, who has also been in­vited to the Senior Bowl, is look­ing to boost his stock. He’s set to work at line­backer in the Senior Bowl, and has dis­played the ath­leti­cism and foot­ball in­stincts to make that tran­si­tion.

Banogu has been a sta­ple as a pass rusher for TCU since join­ing the pro­gram. He’s started all 27 games for the Frogs the past two sea­sons.

In 2018, Banogu led TCU with 18 tack­les for loss, 81⁄ sacks, two forced


fum­bles and two fum­ble re­cov­er­ies (in­clud­ing one for a touch­down). He had 57 tack­les on the year, in­clud­ing a ca­reer-best 10 in TCU’s 16-9 win over Bay­lor that earned him Big 12 de­fen­sive player of the week hon­ors.

Sum­mers, mean­while, fin­ished his col­lege ca­reer with the sec­ond-most tack­les (318) in the Pat­ter­son era. He had a frus­trat­ing senior sea­son with an in­jury, but fin­ished the sea­son with 46 tack­les, in­clud­ing 51⁄ for loss and


four sacks.

TCU could see more play­ers get Com­bine in­vites as well. Line­backer Jawuan John­son is train­ing for his pro day and hop­ing to make an im­pres­sion on NFL scouts this week at the Col­lege Grid­iron Show­case in Fort Worth.

Star-Tele­gram file photo

L.J. Col­lier is one of three TCU play­ers go­ing to the NFL Scout­ing Com­bine in In­di­anapo­lis.

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