Three TCU players invited to NFL Combine

TCU defensive ends Ben Banogu

TCU defensive ends Ben Banogu and L.J. Collier along with linebacker Ty Summers have been invited to the NFL Combine.

The NFL Combine is Feb. 26 to March 4 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Banogu was first-team All-Big 12 each of his two seasons at TCU. He topped the Horned Frogs in 2018 with 18.0 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He totaled 57 stops on the year, including a career-best 10 to earn Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors in a 16-9 win at Baylor. He had a tackle for loss and forced fumble on the Bears’ opening two snaps in the game. The McKinney, Texas, native also took part in two of TCU’s three defensive touchdowns on the season, returning a fumble 47 yards for a score in the 17-14 victory over Iowa State and forcing a fumble that Alec Dunham returned for a touchdown in a 42-12 win at SMU.

Banogu started all 27 games for the Horned Frogs the last two seasons. His 17.0 career sacks rank ninth in TCU history. He was the 2017 Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year and honorable mention for Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2018.

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Collier placed second on TCU to Banogu with his career-high 6.0 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss this year. He also tied for third on the team with four pass breakups, the most by a defensive lineman.

A Munday, Texas, native, Collier closed his TCU career with 2.0 tackles for loss, including a sack, as part of four stops in the 10-7 overtime win versus Cal in the Cheez-It Bowl. He had a career-best eight tackles in the 14-13 victory over Kansas State this season.

Summers, a three-time All-Big 12 selection, totaled 319 tackles in his career for the second-best total in the 18-season tenure of head coach Gary Patterson. Summers was also a three-time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week and the Walter Camp National Player of the Week in 2015 when he posted a career-high 23 tackles, including the game-ending stop on a 4th-and-1 in the second overtime of a 28-21 victory over Baylor.

Summers, from San Antonio, was a high school quarterback before his arrival at TCU. In addition to his 319 career stops, he totaled 23.5 tackles for loss and 10.0 sacks, including 4.0 in each of the last two seasons.

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Banogo, Collier and Summers all earned their TCU degrees.