During TCU’s Tuesday morning weekly press conference, star Defensive End, Ben Banogu, was asked numerous questions about the Frogs starting quarterback, Shawn Robinson. It was clear that Banogu thinks highly of Robinson. He also made it clear that he plays on the opposite side of the ball. He is not in the quarterback room. He does not attend the offensive team meetings, and he can’t speak to what Robinson is working on, day to day. The pre-season Big 12 defensive player of the year is busy studying the other team’s quarterback.
However, maybe the reason, Banogu is such a nightmare to quarterbacks, is that he used to be one himself. Banogu said he could sling it, back in the day, when he was a left-handed, dual-threat quarterback at Prosper High School. Growing up, he envisioned himself as a Daunte Culpepper or Michael Vick type quarterback. Banogu loved Tom Brady, but that just wasn’t his style of play. The dream died when Davis Webb transferred to his high school. Banogu was quickly moved to the defensive side of things. The switch probably worked out for the better. Webb is a quarterback in the National Football League, and Banogu is on track to be an early NFL draft pick in 2019. He now strives to be more like a Michael Strahan or Dwight Freeney type player.
Banogu is not the only player on the 2018 Flying Frogs defense who was a quarterback. Here are three other high school signal callers.
Ty Summers: Summers had 2,001 yards and 16 touchdowns in the air and added another 1,773 yards and 31 touchdowns on the ground at Reagon High School in San Antonio. He was an All-District 26-5A dual-threat quarterback.
Arico Evans: Evans had 1,358 yards passing and another 1,076 yards on the ground with 34 total touchdowns as a senior at Hillcrest High School in Dallas. He was named the 11-5A Most Valuable Player.
Ridwan Issahaku: Issahaku was a quarterback, his freshman and sophomore seasons, at Norcross High School in Georgia.
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