Five Horned Frogs feature on ESPN’s All-Big 12 team

The postseason awards continue to pile up for the TCU Horned Frogs in 2017.

ESPN released its All-Big 12 Team for 2017, and five Horned Frogs — four on the defensive side — made the list. It makes sense that TCU featured so heavily on defense, considering how dominant the Frogs were on that side of the ball.

Matt Pryor, a senior guard, was the lone offensive player from TCU to make the team. Pryor started all 13 games last season, and as ESPN’s Jake Trotter wrote, “stepped up when Patrick Morris missed much of the season with an injury” in 2017.

Junior defensive end Ben Banogu finished with 51 tackles and 8.5 sacks in 2017 while also forcing three fumbles. He got the nomination over teammate Mat Boesen to ESPN’s team.

Travin Howard, the senior linebacker, had a team-leading 98 tackles (seven for a loss) and a sack this season. He also had a 19-yard pick-six.

Cornerback Ranthony Texada, in his senior year, had 27 tackles and two sacks. He was a nuisance for opposing quarterbacks and receivers as he wound up with 13 pass deflections in the season.

Safety Nick Orr, also a senior, had 63 tackles and two interceptions. He was the “backbone of the TCU secondary,” according to Trotter, and “had the game-clinching pick in the win at Oklahoma State.”

TCU had the second-most players on ESPN’s All-Big 12 team, behind the Oklahoma Sooners.

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