11 Horned Frogs Garner All-Big 12 Recognition

Josh Carraway
Dec. 7, 2016

IRVING, Texas -- Eleven TCU football players have received All-Big 12 recognition from the conference's head coaches.

Six of TCU's 11 defensive starters garnered first- or second-team honors. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.

Defensive end Josh Carraway and linebacker Travin Howard were first-team picks. Carraway was the lone repeat first-team selection on defense from last season.

Representing the Horned Frogs on the second team were defensive tackle Aaron Curry, safety Denzel Johnson, safety Nick Orr, center Austin Schlottmann and linebacker Ty Summers.

Honorable-mention accolades went to running back Kyle Hicks, punter Adam Nunez, cornerback Ranthony Texada and return specialist KaVontae Turpin, who was also Honorable-Mention Special Teams Player of the Year.

Carraway, also a first-team Academic All-Big 12 member with a 4.0 grade-point average, has a team-high eight sacks which place fourth in the Big 12. The graduate student from Flower Mound, Texas, ranks seventh in TCU history with 19 career sacks.

Howard leads the Big 12 and is seventh nationally in tackles at 10.4 per game. His 125 stops make him only the second player (Martin Patterson, 2003-04) in Gary Patterson's 16 seasons as head coach to have back-to-back years with 100 stops.

Curry is tied with Carraway for the team lead among defensive linemen with 47 stops. He has 5 1/2 sacks among eight tackles for loss.

Johnson's 11 tackles for loss, including 2 1/2 sacks, equal Carraway for tops on TCU. Johnson, a senior from Gainesville, Texas, is tied for third on the Horned Frogs with 84 tackles and six pass breakups.

Orr has a team-high four interceptions to go with five pass breakups and 84 stops.

Schlottmann has not allowed a sack in his 752 snaps on the season with just one quarterback pressure.

Summers, a two-time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week this season, is second on TCU and in the Big 12 with his average of 9.4 tackles per game. He has totaled 113 stops.

TCU will face Georgia Dec. 30 in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Kickoff is at 11 a.m. on ESPN.



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