Notes, Quotes

The Sports Xchange

September 12, 2018 at 9:19 am.


–RB Darius Anderson is by far TCU’s most explosive and dependable playmaker entering the 2018 season. A would-be 1,000-yard rusher in 2017 if not for a season-ending foot injury suffered against Oklahoma in Norman, Anderson will be leaned on heavily to move the chains if the passing game fails or offensive line falters. He had 69 yards on nine carries last week in the win over SMU and has 109 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries for the season.

–QB Shawn Robinson passed for 154 yards, a touchdown and an interception and ran for 67 yards and another score in last week’s victory over SMU and has begun the season with a bang, throwing touchdowns to three different receivers and running for two more scores while playing only the first half in Saturday’s win. Robinson is the first TCU quarterback to win his first three starts since Jeff Ballard won 11 straight from 2005-06. He did not have an interception in his first 70 pass attempts at TCU, the longest streak by a quarterback to begin his career under coach Gary Patterson.

–LB Ty Summers has been Mr. Production for TCU, needing just 66 tackles to become the all-time tackling leader in the Gary Patterson era. He played quarterback in high school, so he has position flexibility, too, playing linebacker and defensive end. Summers ran a 4.55-second 40-yard dash in the spring and has recorded a 36-inch vertical. He has seven stops, two of them tackles for a loss, and sack through the first two games.

–DE Ben Banogu, a senior, made a huge splash in his first season with TCU. After transferring from Louisiana-Monroe and sitting out the 2016 season, he became one of the nation’s top defensive ends. Banogu was first in the Big 12 with 16.5 tackles for loss and was second with 8.5 sacks. The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder was named Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year, First-Team All-Big 12, First-Team AP All-Big 12 and Honorable-Mention Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year. He had two tackles, a forced fumble that led to a 25-yard TD return and a quarterback hurry in the win over SMU.

SERIES HISTORY: Ohio State leads TCU, 4-1-1. The Horned Frogs’ lone victory was an 18-14 decision in 1957.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “This has just got to be Game 3. It’s a big game. Everybody is excited about it, but for us as a program what you have to do is keep everything in perspective and understand that you still have a long season. You can’t ruin your season because you make it an ‘all-or-nothing’ situation.”– TCU coach Gary Patterson on his attitude about Saturday game against No. 4 Ohio State.