Maponga Drafted by Atlanta
April 27, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU defensive end Stansly Maponga was drafted Saturday in the fifth round by the Atlanta Falcons.
Maponga is the second Horned Frog selected in the 2013 National Football League Draft. Wide receiver Josh Boyce went in the fourth round to the New England Patriots.
A three-time all-conference selection, including first-team All-Big 12 in 2012, Maponga totaled 23 tackles for loss, including 15 1/2 sacks, in his three-year TCU career.
Maponga recorded 26 stops, including 6 1/2 for loss, with four sacks this past season. He tied for the team lead with two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
As a sophomore in 2011, Maponga appeared on the Midseason Watch List for the Ted Hendricks Award, recognizing the nation's top defensive end. He was one of four players in the nation to rank in the top 10 in forced fumbles (5) and top 20 in sacks (9). He topped TCU in tackles for loss (13 1/2), sacks (9), forced fumbles (5) and fumble recoveries (2), while leading all linemen and ranking sixth on TCU with 55 total tackles. Maponga's five forced fumbles were the most by a Horned Frog since Jerry Hughes led the nation with six in 2008.
Maponga was a Freshman All-American in 2010 when he started 12 games on TCU's Rose Bowl championship team. He totaled 32 tackles with 2 1/2 sacks.
Maponga is the first Horned Frog to be drafted by the Falcons since wide receiver LaTarence Dunbar in 2003.
In 12 seasons as TCU's head coach, Gary Patterson has now had 33 players drafted with a total of 67 in NFL camps.
In 2011, ESPN.com ranked TCU No. 1 in the nation for developing NFL talent.