‘It’s a resume game.’ Why TCU doesn’t expect any players to sit out Cheez-It Bowl

TCU’s Patterson on Cheez-It Bowl: It’s time for us to go, go, go

TCU coach Gary Patterson talked about the upcoming Cheez-It Bowl against Cal on Sunday. Patterson said the team has to get ready to go despite the number of injuries they've dealt with.
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TCU coach Gary Patterson talked about the upcoming Cheez-It Bowl against Cal on Sunday. Patterson said the team has to get ready to go despite the number of injuries they've dealt with.

TCU coach Gary Patterson doesn’t expect any of his players, including the team’s top NFL prospects in senior defensive ends Ben Banogu and L.J. Collier, to sit out the Cheez-It Bowl later this month.

The more film, the better for just about any player with pro dreams.

Patterson is also hopeful that a couple seniors who have been sidelined with injuries are able to play against Cal on Dec. 26 at Chase Field in Phoenix.

Patterson expressed optimism that linebacker/ defensive end Ty Summers would be healthy enough to go, as well as defensive tackle Joseph Broadnax.

Summers fits in with Banogu and Collier as a player with pro aspirations that could use more film after he hasn’t been as productive as desired this season.

“To me, it’s a resume game,” Patterson said. “Every bit of film that you can put on for the pro scouts has a chance of making a difference. There’s no promise you’re going to make the NFL, so this may be the last game you play in your life.

“Just now thinking about it, I’m hoping Joe gets a few snaps. I’d like to see him go out on his own terms just because, but he’s going to have to make that decision.”

Broadnax didn’t play the final three games of the season after symptoms surfaced from an undisclosed medical condition diagnosed this offseason.

Broadnax didn’t practice with the team on Saturday or Sunday, but has been cleared to play, Patterson said.

“It’s just whether he feels comfortable with all of that stuff,” Patterson said. “I’m not even telling him that he should or he needs to. I’m just saying that for the rest of your life, this is your last time to run on the field with your uniform on and get a chance to play that one last time. Wouldn’t we all, if we got a chance when we got older, say, ‘I wish I could’ve done that one more time?’

“So whether it’s one play or 30 plays … that’s the way I look at it.”

That rings true to an extent for players such as Banogu and Collier. But those two have professional careers to worry about and it’s been a recent trend in college football for prospects to sit out bowl games.

However, it’s a fine line between benefiting from game film and avoiding injury risk in what most would deem a meaningless game.

For Banogu and Collier, playing in the bowl game makes the most sense. They aren’t projected first-round picks and have a chance to continue boosting their stock against a Cal team that gave up 31 sacks on the season.

Banogu and Collier have been playing well down the stretch as each earned invites to next month’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.

Banogu finished the regular season with 17 tackles for loss, including 12.5 in the final five games. Collier, meanwhile, had at least five tackles in three of the last four games.

Patterson joked each may have a change of heart after Sunday’s practice.

“They might [sit out] after I was yelling at them today,” Patterson said, chuckling.

Patterson went on to say juniors always ask for NFL scouts to grade them – “it’s the cool thing to do,” Patterson said, smiling – but doesn’t anticipate any of them seriously considering going pro.

“If you’re not a first round [talent], then they just say go back to school,” Patterson said.

But Patterson made it clear that he won’t try and convince a player to stay. If a player wants to bolt for the professional ranks, he lets them.

“I’ve never swayed them one way or the other cause I didn’t want it to be my fault,” Patterson said. “If they go early and they don’t make it and they miss out on their senior year and miss out on graduating on time, or if I talked them into staying and they got hurt and they didn’t go as high in the draft, I can’t be that guy.

“All I can do is call NFL people, give them the facts, ask for a grade, go about my business and go about life. What else would you want to do? These guys have given us everything. The way we practice. The way we play. The way we do things. All you want to do is be able to give back.”

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