Banogu Tabbed Preseason Big 12 Defensive POTY
July 11, 2018
IRVING, Texas -- TCU defensive end Ben Banogu has been selected by conference media as the Preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, while joining teammate and return specialist KaVontae Turpin on the Preseason All-Big 12 Team.
Banogu was first-team All-Big 12 and the Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year last season. His 8 1/2 sacks ranked second in the Big 12, behind only teammate and current Buffalo Bill Mat Boesen (11 1/2). Banogu's 16 1/2 tackles for loss led TCU and were third in the Big 12. The senior from McKinney, Texas, had at least one TFL in 13 of 14 games. He also forced three fumbles on the season, including on sacks in consecutive road wins at Arkansas and Oklahoma State.
Turpin, first-team All-Big 12 in 2017, was one of five players nationally last season with a punt return and kickoff return for a touchdown. He averaged 16.2 yards on punt returns and 30.8 on kickoff returns. His 90-yard punt return for a score versus Kansas tied for the second-longest in TCU history. His three career punt returns for touchdowns and four special teams scores are tied for the most in TCU history. He also tied for the TCU lead last season with 41 receptions.
The Horned Frogs return 11 starters from last year's squad that posted an 11-3 record, reached the Big 12 Championship Game and recorded a Valero Alamo Bowl victory over Stanford.
TCU is one of just five programs nationally to finish in the top 10 of the final polls at least three times in the last four seasons. The Horned Frogs' 40-13 overall record and 26-10 conference mark both rank second in the Big 12 over that period.
TCU begins camp Aug. 2 with the season opener Sept. 1 versus Southern.
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