TCU has at least two players in Sports Illustrated’s ranking of the top 100 college football players in the country for 2018.
Defensive end Ben Banogu made the cut at No. 98, while wide receiver Jalen Reagor came in at No. 90. Both players became breakout stars for the Horned Frogs in 2017, and they’d likely rank higher if they had a bigger sample size with which to impress people.
Here’s what Sports Illustrated’s Chris Johnson had to say about Reagor.
Reagor hinted at his potential in TCU’s wild, comeback win over Stanford in the Alamo Bowl last season by breaking free for a 93-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter and totaling 169 receiving yards on five receptions. Reagor will need to adjust to a new quarterback this season — sophomore Shawn Robinson is the leading candidate to succeed two-year starter Kenny Hill — but that shouldn’t stop him from driving Big 12 defensive coordinators mad with his big-play burst.
Reagor finished his freshman campaign with 33 receptions for 576 yards and 8 touchdowns on his way to Big 12 Co-Offensive Freshman of the Year honors. He is positioned to take over as TCU’s No. 1 receiver in 2018.
Johnson also had plenty of praise for Banogu.
The Horned Frogs’ plan for replacing 2017 Big 12 sacks leader Mat Boesen begins with Banogu, a 6’4″, 249-pound force who has clearly established himself as one of the conference’s best pass rushers. After sitting out the 2016 season following a transfer from Louisiana Monroe, Banogu posted 8.5 sacks and a team-high 16.5 tackles for loss and earned the conference’s defensive newcomer of the year award. He’s the latest in a long line of defensive aces to develop under TCU head coach Gary Patterson.
While Boesen led TCU with 11.5 sacks, 5.5 of those came in one game against Baylor. Banogu was the more consistent threat as a pass rusher, so the Frogs were overjoyed when he elected to return for his senior season instead of leaving early for the 2018 NFL Draft.
Sports Illustrated is expected to release the rest of its top 100 list later this week. Linebacker Ty Summers seems a likely candidate to make the top 50, and running back Darius Anderson could sneak into that group as well. Stay tuned.