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11/17/18 - (WR) - Jalen Reagor, So, 5-11, 195
TCU was down to its third quarterback and last scholarship running back. Fortunately for the Horned Frogs, they still had speedy playmaker Jalen Reagor on the field. Reagor turned a screen pass into a 65-yard score and later had a 37-yard touchdown on a fourth-and-1 reverse run as the injury-plagued Frogs beat Baylor 16-9 on Saturday, keeping the Bears from reaching bowl eligibility in their home finale. "The way season has gone, I have to do things like this," Reagor said. "When those injuries happened, I thought, all right, I've got to empty the tank more." Reagor got the go-ahead score with 2 minutes left in the third quarter when third-string running back Emari Demercado took a direct snap. TCU's last healthy scholarship running back started right and then flipped to Reagor sweeping the other way. Reagor had a wide-open lane to the end zone. TCU (5-6, 3-5 Big 12) can get to a bowl for the 16th time in coach Gary Patterson's 18 seasons with a win at home next Saturday night against Oklahoma State. - AP College Football

11/14/18 - (DT) - Joseph Broadnax Jr., rSr, 5-11, 294
TCU starting senior defensive tackle Joseph Broadnax isn't expected to play again because of an undisclosed medical condition initially discovered during a preseason screening. Coach Gary Patterson said Tuesday that he couldn't elaborate but that an MRI during the summer found something in the early stages that was OK then. But the 6-foot, 294-pound Broadnax didn't play Saturday at West Virginia after showing signs related to the condition, including weakness in his arm. "Now you've got to be smart and you've got to take care of it," Patterson said. The screening last summer was part of a study TCU's football program is involved with to assist in the prevention and treatment of concussions. Broadnax's condition isn't concussion-related, but Patterson said the player is going "to have an opportunity to live a lot longer because they caught it." The coach said it might have gone undetected for 10 to 20 years otherwise, and that there is medicine that can help. - AP College Football

11/03/18 - (WR) - Jalen Reagor, So, 5-11, 195
Mike Collins threw a 67-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Reagor in the third quarter and TCU held on for a 14-13 win over Kansas State on Saturday after the Wildcats missed a potential game-tying extra point in the fourth. The Horned Frogs (4-5, 2-4 Big 12) avoided the first four-game losing streak in 18 seasons under coach Gary Patterson, and improved their chances of becoming bowl eligible for the 16th time in that stretch. The missed PAT, a muffed punt and a botched field goal attempt put Kansas State (3-6, 1-5) in the position of having to win its three remaining games to qualify for a bowl. The Wildcats lost quarterback Skylar Thompson to an injury in the first quarter, but backup Alex Delton answered each TCU touchdown. Reagor fought off cornerback AJ Parker on the deep throw from Collins, turned and ran into the end zone to break a 7-7 tie midway through the third quarter. Jonathan Song kicked what turned out to be an important extra point. - AP College Football

10/23/18 - (WR) - Kavontae Turpin, Sr, 5-08, 157
TCU wide receiver KaVontae Turpin has been dismissed from the TCU team. Head coach Gary Patterson said Turpin has been kicked off the squad, according to the Dallas Morning News, although Patterson also said he had not yet informed Turpin of the decision. Turpin was second on the team in receptions (29), receiving yards (410) and receiving touchdowns (three). But he was even more important as a kick returner. He returned a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns this season, and his punt-return average of 19.4 yards per attempt is tied for the FBS lead.

10/22/18 - (QB) - Shawn Robinson, So, 6-1, 228
QB Shawn Robinson will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery, head coach Gary Patterson announced. Michael Collins, a transfer from Penn who replaced Robinson on Saturday against Oklahoma, will become the starting quarterback for the Horned Frogs (3-4). Robinson, a sophomore, played in all seven games for TCU. He completed 60.8 percent pf his passes for 1,334 yards, nine touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also ran for 230 yards and three scores. Before being replaced in the loss to Oklahoma, Robinson completed three of eight passes for 21 yards.

10/22/18 - (QB) - Shawn Robinson, So, 6-1, 228
There will be no quarterback controversy for TCU: Starter Shawn Robinson is facing surgery that is expected to end his season. Two days after a midgame switch, coach Gary Patterson said Monday his sophomore quarterback will have surgery and that former Penn transfer Michael Collins will get his first start Saturday at Kansas. "We have no choice really, Shawn's been trying to play through (an injury)," Patterson said during the Big 12 coaches weekly conference call. Patterson did not say what surgery Robinson would have, but the decision comes more than three weeks after the quarterback took a direct shot on his non-throwing left shoulder and had to be helped off the field in the closing seconds of a 17-14 win over Iowa State on Sept. 29. Robinson played all of the following game Oct. 11 against Texas Tech, but was replaced by Collins after the first three series Saturday in a 52-27 loss to Oklahoma. - AP College Football

10/22/18 - (WR) - Kavontae Turpin, Sr, 5-08, 157
Texas Christian wide receiver KaVontae Turpin was arrested for alleged assault with bodily harm of a family member, multiple media outlets reported on Monday. TCU head coach Gary Patterson has yet to make any statement about the situation involving Turpin. The Fort Worth Star Telegram reported that Turpin has been released from jail. While Patterson has not officially been on the record about this news, TCU's athletic department released the following statement via spokeswoman Holly Ellman: "Texas Christian University is aware that one of its students was recently arrested for a reported domestic situation. The university takes these types of reports very seriously and is continuing to gather information to determine next steps. TCU expects its students to behave in an ethical manner, abide by campus policies and adhere to state and federal law. "The student also may face a charge of violating the University Code of Student Conduct, the results of which are independent and separate from any legal charges." Turpin has 410 receiving yards and three touchdowns this season and has excelled on special teams. The senior leads the country by averaging almost 20 yards per punt return and has a touchdown. Turpin also had a 99-yard kickoff return against Oklahoma on Saturday. - The Sports Xchange

10/16/18 - (OLB) - Ben Banogu, rSr, 6-3, 247
DE Ben Banogu had two sacks against Texas Tech and now has 21 tackles for loss in 20 career games at TCU and 35 in his collegiate career. He had 14 tackles for loss for ULM in 2015.

10/16/18 - (WR) - Kenedy Snell, So, 5-08, 179
RB Kenedy Snell, a sophomore, will transfer, he announced on Monday. Snell appeared in just one game this season, rushing for 23 yards on seven carries against Southern in the season opener. Since he's played in four or fewer games, he is eligible to "redshirt" this season. Snell played in nine games as a freshman last season, rushing for 88 yards and one TD on 25 carries. He also had five catches for 93 yards and two TDs.

09/25/18 - (WR) - Derius Davis, Fr, 5-09, 160
SEPT 3 BIG 12 FOOTBALL CO-NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK: Derius Davis, WR, Fr., TCU,...TCU freshman Davis made his collegiate debut with 129 all-purpose yards and a pair of touchdowns against Southern. - Big 12 Football

09/24/18 - (WR) - Kavontae Turpin, Sr, 5-08, 157
SEPT 10 BIG 12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: KaVontae Turpin, WR, Sr., TCU,...Turpin finished with three punt returns for 112 yards in TCU's 42-12 win at SMU. The senior returned a 78-yard punt for a touchdown in the second quarter. He also added a 42-yard TD reception in the fourth quarter and led all receivers with 64 yards on four catches. - Big 12 Football

09/20/18 - (RB) - Darius Anderson, Jr, 5-11, 212
RB Darius Anderson's 93-yard scoring run against Ohio State was the longest rushing play in TCU history, bettering the previous mark of 89 yards by LaDainian Tomlinson versus UTEP in 2000 and San Jose State in 1999.

09/08/18 - (WR) - Kavontae Turpin, Sr, 5-08, 157
If No. 16 TCU was looking ahead to a showdown with Ohio State, KaVontae Turpin snapped his fellow Horned Frogs back into the present with another speedy dash to the end zone. Turpin ignited a sluggish team by returning a punt 78 yards for a touchdown before adding a 42-yard scoring catch, and the Horned Frogs pulled away for a delayed and rain-soaked 42-12 victory over Dallas-Fort Worth rival SMU that ended early Saturday morning. The start of the game Friday night between former Southwest Conference foes was held up nearly two hours by lightning, and a steady rain fell until halftime.

The Horned Frogs (2-0) finally secured their first seven-game winning streak in the 98-game Iron Skillet series after midnight, winning comfortably after struggling early for the third straight year. TCU has outscored SMU 83-14 in the second half the past three meetings. Perhaps looking ahead to the fourth-ranked Buckeyes next week, TCU squandered its first two chances to take control by committing turnovers before Alec Dunham picked up a fumble by SMU quarterback Ben Hicks in stride and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown. "We understand the next ballgame here Ohio State is not SMU," coach Gary Patterson said. "Not in any aspect whatsoever. But I think our kids will know that too." - AP College Football

08/29/18 - (OLB) - Ben Banogu, rSr, 6-3, 247
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.

08/29/18 - (QB) - Shawn Robinson, So, 6-1, 228
QB Shawn Robinson will follow in the footsteps of Trevone Boykin and Kenny Hill in leading TCU's offense as a "dual threat" quarterback. Robinson has a more impressive arm than his predecessors and a thrilling supporting cast. He went 13-of-27 passing last year for 184 yards and three touchdowns as Hill's primary backup and added 159 rushing yards on 23 carries.

08/29/18 - (RB) - Darius Anderson, Jr, 5-11, 212
RB Darius Anderson is by far TCU's most explosive and dependable playmaker entering the 2018 season. A would-be 1,000-yard rusher 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. If he can remain healthy, he'll serve as the leading blow for the best 1-2 running back punch in the Big 12 along with hammerhead option Sewo Olonilua.

08/18/18 - (QB) - Shawn Robinson, So, 6-1, 228
QB Shawn Robinson was named TCU starter for the 2018 season. Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson officially tabbed Robinson as his starter, a move that was expected after he appeared in six games as a freshman in 2017. Robinson completed 13 of 27 passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns versus zero interceptions last season for TCU. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Robinson made his first collegiate start against rival Texas Tech on Nov. 18 and guided the Horned Frogs to a 27-3 victory.

08/16/18 - (DT) - Ross Blacklock, rSo, 6-3, 329
DT Ross Blacklock sustained a season-ending Achilles tendon injury in practice, multiple media outlets reported. Per 247Sports.com, Blacklock's suffered the injury during a non-contract drill on Tuesday. A posting on one of the 6-foot-4, 329-pound sophomore's social media accounts showed him at an orthopedist's office.

04/09/18 - (OLB) - Jawuan Johnson, rSr, 5-11, 218
LB Jawuan Johnson announced he is transferring from Northern Illinois to TCU on Sunday night. Johnson made the announcement on his twitter page after visiting TCU during the weekend. He told ESPN.com that TCU was his first choice due to the proximity for his family, who resides in Texarkana, Texas, which is approximately 210 miles northeast of Fort Worth. Johnson will be a graduate transfer for the Horned Frogs. The 5-foot-11, 217-pounder is set to graduate Northern Illinois in May. Last season, Johnson was a third-team All-MAC selection with 98 tackles and five interceptions, including a 25-yard interception for a touchdown in a 21-17 win over Nebraska on Sept. 16. Eighteen of Johnson's tackles were for loss and he tied for the MAC lead with five forced fumbles. According to Pro Football Focus, he was rated as the highest-graded linebacker in the FBS last season. Johnson will join a 4-2-5 scheme that is based on speed and could replace Travin Howard, who led the Horned Frogs with 108 tackles.

03/29/18 - (OLB) - Jawuan Johnson, rSr, 5-11, 218
LB Jawuan Johnson of Northern Illinois plans to play elsewhere as a graduate transfer next season. Huskies coach Rod Carey confirmed that Johnson will not return to the school, according to the DeKalb Daily Chronicle. Johnson was a defensive force for Northern Illinois last season, leading the team in interceptions and forced fumbles with five apiece and finishing second with 98 tackles while starting all 13 games.

01/04/18 - (OG) - Patrick Morris, rSr, 6-2, 300
2017 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-BOWL TEAM: Offensive line: Patrick Morris, TCU (Alamo): Morris helped TCU gain 488 yards and erase a 21-3 deficit in a 39-37 victory over Stanford. Morris was credited with helping TCU contain Stanford's Harrison Phillips, who made over 100 tackles this season but had just three stops in the Alamo Bowl. - AP College Football

12/29/17 - (QB) - Kenny Hill, rSr, 6-2, 209
Big deficits do not bother TCU in the Valero Alamo Bowl. Two years after monumental comeback on the same stage, the No. 15 Horned Frogs rallied out of an 18-point hole behind Kenny Hill and a host of big plays to beat No. 13 Stanford 39-37 Thursday night. Cole Bunce drilled a 33-yard field goal with 3:07 left to put TCU over the top in the Alamodome. The Horned Frogs (11-3) were down 31-0 to Oregon in the Alamo Bowl on Jan. 2, 2016, before pulling off a stunning 47-41 win in triple overtime. While this comeback wasn't as impressive, TCU appeared to be in serious trouble after falling behind 21-3 in the first half. Hill proved to be the catalyst, accounting for four touchdowns and 401 yards of offense.

The senior quarterback completed 27 of 40 passes for 314 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also rushed for 60 yards and another score, and he caught a 27-yard touchdown pass. TCU's rally was enough to overcome a valiant night from Stanford quarterback K.J. Costello and receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside, who hooked up for three touchdowns, and Heisman Trophy runner-up Bryce Love, who rushed for 145 yards and two scores. Love did sustain a lacerated finger and was lost down the stretch. - The Sports Xchange

12/27/17 - (OLB) - Jawuan Johnson, rSr, 5-11, 218
2017 ALL-MAC THIRD TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): Outside Linebacker - Jawuan Johnson, Northern Illinois,...Linebackers Bobby Jones IV (Miami Gardens, Fla./Monsignor Pace HS) and Jawuan Johnson (East St. Louis, Ill./New Boston [Texas] HS) were named to the All-MAC second and third teams, respectively, with senior tailback Jordan Huff (Mobile, Ala./St. Paul's Episcopal HS), sophomore offensive guard Jordan Steckler (Two Rivers, Wis./Two Rivers HS), junior defensive end Josh Corcoran (Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville South HS) and sophomore wide receiver Spencer Tears (Robbins, Ill./H.L. Richards HS) joining Johnson on the third unit. - Northern Illinois Football

12/18/17 - (WR) - Kavontae Turpin, Sr, 5-08, 157
2017 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): KaVontae Turpin (WR & STPoY),...TCU's other honorable-mention choices were running back Darius Anderson, cornerback Jeff Gladney, tight end Cole Hunt, offensive tackle Joseph Noteboom, center Austin Schlottmann and linebacker Ty Summers. - TCU Football

12/18/17 - (ILB) - Ty Summers, rSr, 6-2, 235
2017 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Ty Summers (LB),...TCU's other honorable-mention choices were running back Darius Anderson, cornerback Jeff Gladney, tight end Cole Hunt, offensive tackle Joseph Noteboom, center Austin Schlottmann and linebacker Ty Summers. - TCU Football

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