TCU junior defensive end Ben Banogu is the 2017 Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year, the league announced on Thursday.
The 6-foot-4 defensive lineman transferred from Louisiana-Monroe following the 2015 season and sat out 2016 due to NCAA transfer rules. In his debut season with the Frogs, Banogu so far has 40 tackles and a team-high 14 tackles for a loss. Banogu has the second-most sacks on his team with 7.5 sacks and had 7 quarterback hurries.
With 7.5 sacks & two forced fumbles …
— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) November 30, 2017
Banogu was an All-Sun Belt Newcomer Team selection in 2015 after recording 45 tackles, 5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for a loss his freshman season of college. The transfer has emerged as a key piece to TCU’s defense, which ranks as one of the best in the country.
Banogu and TCU will play for the Big 12 championship at 12:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, at AT&T Stadium. The TCU will get a rematch against No. 3-ranked Oklahoma, who beat the Frogs 38-20 on Nov. 11 in Norman, Oklahoma.
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