The TCU Flying Frogs Defense is ranked the eighth best in the nation. They are the best in the Big 12. The Texas Tech Red Raiders offense is the eighth highest scoring in the nation. They are the best in the Big 12. These two schools built their brand on opposite sides of the pigskin, and now they are about to collide. It’s Thursday night, in Cowtown. You can watch it live at The Carter or on ESPN.
College football fans, prepare for a chess match on steroids. It’s one of the best defensive minds in the history of college football (Gary Patterson) versus one of the brightest offensive minds in the game (Kliff Kingsbury).
The Red Raiders lead the Big 12 with a blistering 591.4 yards per game on offense. Here is the offensive firepower that Kingsbury is bringing to 2850 Stadium Drive, Ft. Worth, Texas.
WR #4 Antonio Wesley
Wesley is a 6’5″, 200-pound, junior from Las Vegas, Nevada. He is a playmaker. Wesley is second nationally in receiving yards per game (124.2) and seventh in overall receiving yards (621). He has 5 touchdowns. Wesley is on the Biletnikoff Award watch list.
WR #88 Ja’Deion High
The 5’11”, 190-pound team captain and sixth-year senior hails from Hereford, Texas. He is the Red Raiders second-leading wideout with 28 catches for 406 yards and 2 touchdowns.
RB Duo — #2 Demarcus Felton and #26 Ta’Zhawn Henry
These guys are elusive. Felton is a 5’7″, 205-pound senior and Henry is a 5’7″, 170-pound freshman. Felton and Henry split carries down the middle. They have a combined 99 carries for 487 yards and 11 touchdowns.
The Gunslingers #10 Alan Bowman or #7 Jett Duffey, or #6 McLane Carter
Alan Bowman is a 6’3″, 210-pound freshman. He has started every game this year besides the opener. It is uncertain if he will play and how much he will play, after suffering a partially collapsed lung in Tech’s last game against West Virginia. Tech has stated that he will be available. Bowman is a pro-style quarterback from Grapevine, Texas. He has 138 completions out of 199 attempts with 1,680 yards, 11 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions. He is not a running threat.
Jett Duffey is a completely different player, the 6’1″, 200-pound sophomore from Mansfield, Texas is a dual-threat quarterback. He has 265 yards passing with 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions. Duffey has 182 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground.
McLane Carter is a pro-style quarterback, like Bowman. He is a 6’3″, 225-pound junior from Gilmer, Texas. He started the first game of the year; a loss to Ole Miss. He left that game early with a high-ankle sprain and hasn’t played since. He didn’t play much last year and his stats in the Ole Miss game were 4 out of 7 for 49 yards.
The Flying Frogs Defense
Let’s take a look at a few of the Frogs’ playmakers who will be defending The Carter on Thursday night. TCU only gives up 303.6 yards per game. This is the best in the Big 12.
DE Duo — #15 Ben Banogu and #42 Ty Summers
These two senior captains will be playing on Sunday next year. Banogu is the preseason Big 12 defensive player of the year. He has 11 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, 6 quarterback hurries, and 1 fumble recovery that he took 47 yards, to the house, for a touchdown. Summers plays both linebacker and defensive end. He has 29 career starts for 296 tackles. This season he has 25 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 4 quarterback hurries, and 2 sacks.
The Safeties — #2 Niko Small and #6 Innis Gaines
Gary Patterson calls Niko Small the General of the defense. He has been banged up this year and missed the last game due to an injury, but he should be good to go against Tech. Small is a 5’10”, 183-pound senior from Arlington, Texas. He has 15 tackles and 2 pass breakups on the year. Innis Gaines is a 6’2″, 190-pound junior from Beaumont, Texas. He is having a stellar year. Gaines was ranked in the top five at his position by Pro Football Focus. He has 27 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 interception, 6 pass breakups, 1 quarterback hurry, and 1 forced fumble. Gaines is a ballhawk.
LB #30 Garret Wallow
Garret Wallow is a tackling machine. He hits like a linebacker and covers like a defensive back. The 6’2″, 212-pound sophomore is the Frogs leading tackler in 2018. He has 39 stops, 3.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 pass breakup, and 2 quarterback hurries.
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