scouting the defense
tcu horned frogs
nished the 2018 campaign with 52 total tackles and
contributed with two forced fumbles and two fumble
Linebackers Arico Evans and Garrett Wallow anchor
the middle of the Horned Frogs’ defense. Evans, a 6-2,
206-pounder out of Hillcrest High School in Dallas, TX,
led the team with 75 total tackles and also contributed
3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks on the season.
Wallow, a 6-2, 212-pound sophomore from John Curtis
Christian School in New Orleans, LA nished third on
the team with 72 total tackles and was responsible for
5.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks in 2018.
As mentioned, the secondary is the Horned Frogs’
biggest defensive strength and the unit was
tremendous against the high-powered offense of
the Big 12 on a weekly basis. A big reason why TCU
surrendered just 24.2 points per game in one of the
best offensive conference in the nation was the play of
the team’s defensive backs.
Led by junior cornerback Jeff Gladney and senior safety
Ridwan Issahaku, TCU was able to slow down the big
play attacks of the Big 12.
Gladney, a 6-0, 183-pounder from New Boston, TX,
recorded 38 total tackles which included 4.0 tackles for
loss and 1.0 sack. Gladney also led the team with 13
pass break ups this season.
Issahaku, a 6-1, 196-pound native of Norcross, GA,
had a ne statistical season for the Horned Frogs and
nished the year second the team in total tackles with
74 and also recorded 2.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks and
two interceptions in 2018.
Patterson’s team has always prided itself on defense
and the Horned Frogs’ 4-2-5 defensive scheme was
built speci cally to contain the pass-heavy offensive
attacks that are commonplace in the Big 12.
The Horned Frogs nished the season as the topranked
defense in the conference and surrendered
a league-low 344.4 total yards per game. That total
included the top-ranked pass defense, which gave
up just 202.6 yards per game in 2018. The match up
against Cal’s PAC-12 low passing offense (188 passing
yards per game) lines up favorably for the Horned
Frogs in tonight’s game.
TCU’s defense was a big reason why the Horned Frogs
were able to win so many close games as the unit
helped the team to three wins in which they scored 17
or fewer points. The defense also held high-scoring
Texas Tech to just 17 points, but the Horned Frogs were
unable to pull out a victory against the Red Raiders.
On the defensive line, 6-4, 249-pound senior end Ben
Banogu was a terror for opposing offensive lines all
season. Banogu’s speed and explosiveness allowed him
to make plays in the opponent’s back eld on a regular
basis and the McKinney, TX product led the Horned
Frogs in tackles for loss with 17.0 and sacks with 7.5. In
a heartbreaking, 27-26 loss to Kansas, Banogu nished
the game with eight total tackles including 4.5 tackles
for loss and 2.0 sacks against the Jayhawks. Banogu