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TCU could send multiple players to Senior Bowl as L.J. Collier receives invite

L.J. Collier received a Senior Bowl invite, joining Ben Banogu as Frogs invited to all-star event.
L.J. Collier received a Senior Bowl invite, joining Ben Banogu as Frogs invited to all-star event. rmallison@star-telegram.com

Multiple TCU football players have received invites to the Reese’s Senior Bowl.

Defensive end L.J. Collier is the latest Frogs player invited to the all-star event in Mobile, Alabama, joining fellow defensive end Ben Banogu. Collier and Banogu earned first-team All-Big 12 honors earlier this week, the second consecutive season the Frogs have had both starting DEs named first-team in the league.

Banogu received an invite as a linebacker. He projects best as a 3-4 linebacker in the NFL.

Collier, at 6-foot-4, 276 pounds, projects as a power rusher at the next level. He ranked second in sacks for TCU, registering five. Collier also had 9.5 tackles for loss, four pass breakups and 38 tackles.

TCU athletics held its annual "Meet the Frogs" event on Saturday. Football players and coach Gary Patterson interacted with fans, as well as the volleyball and soccer teams.

Collier, a senior from Munday, found himself in a more prominent and starting role this season.

The Senior Bowl is scheduled for Jan. 26 in Mobile, but the practice week leading into the game is most important for pro prospects such as Collier and Banogu. This is the best pre-draft opportunity to get more film of on-field action against some of the top offensive players in the country.

Cowboys guard Zack Martin, for instance, boosted his stock greatly with how he fared against Aaron Donald in Senior Bowl practices.

TCU has been well represented at the marquee event in the Gary Patterson era. This is the fifth consecutive season a TCU product will attend the game, and the first since 2015 to have multiple invites.

The Frogs have had players attend for five consecutive seasons now with Banogu and Collier (2019); offensive tackle Joseph Noteboom (2018); linebacker Josh Carraway (2017); running back Aaron Green (2016); and cornerback Kevin White and offensive lineman Tayo Fabuluje (2015).

In all, Banogu and Collier will be the 32nd and 33rd player in TCU history to play in the game. Other notable participants from the school include Mike Renfro (1977), LaDainian Tomlinson (2000, named the game’s MVP), Jerry Hughes (2010) and Andy Dalton and Jeremy Kerley (2011).

TCU defensive end Ben Banogu had one of the most productive games of his career. He had four tackles for loss and forced a fumble in TCU's 16-9 victory over Baylor.

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