Fifteen TCU football players have received All-Big 12 recognition, including five first-team selections on defense.
Defensive end Ben Banogu is the Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year with wide receiver Jalen Reagor the Co-Offensive Freshman of the Year and defensive tackle Ross Blacklock the Co-Defensive Freshman of the Year.
TCU’s five first-team All-Big 12 selections on defense, the most of any school, were Banogu, defensive end Mat Boesen, linebacker Travin Howard, safety Nick Orr and cornerback Ranthony Texada. Howard, also honorable mention Defensive Player of the Year, is a first-team choice for the second straight year.
Also receiving first-team accolades was KaVontae Turpin for return specialist. Additionally, Turpin was honorable-mention All-Big 12 at wide receiver and for Special Teams Player of the Year.
Offensive guard Matt Pryor earned second-team All-Big 12 recognition.
TCU’s other honorable-mention choices were running back Darius Anderson, cornerback Jeff Gladney, tight end Cole Hunt, offensive tackle Joseph Noteboom, center Austin Schlottmann and linebacker Ty Summers.
Banogu, who was also honorable mention for Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year, has a team-high 14 tackles for loss which rank fourth in the Big 12. He has 7 1/2 sacks. Combined with Mat Boesen’s 11 1/2 sacks, TCU has the nation’s top duo in combined sacks (19.0). Boesen leads the Big 12 and is tied for fourth nationally. He set TCU and Big 12 records, while being a 1/2 sack short of an NCAA record, with his 5 1/2 sacks against Baylor.
Howard’s 83 tackles, including seven for loss, have him on pace to become the first known Horned Frog to lead the team in stops in three consecutive seasons. His 318 career tackles are the most by a player in the 17-season tenure of head coach Gary Patterson.
Orr is tied for second on TCU with 59 tackles, including three for loss, with two interceptions and five pass breakups.
Texada’s 40 career starts are the most among active Horned Frogs. His 13 pass breakups are second in the Big 12. He has two sacks among 26 tackles as well as an interception.
Turpin is averaging 34.0 yards per kickoff return and 14.1 on punt returns. He had a 90-yard punt return for a touchdown versus Kansas and then a 94-yard kickoff return for a score the following week at Iowa State.
Pryor has started all 12 games this season, including four at right tackle and eight at right guard. He has made 30 consecutive starts.
TCU faces Oklahoma Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in the Big 12 Championship Game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.