Maponga Adds To Preseason Honors
July 12, 2012
DALLAS -- TCU defensive end Stansly Maponga has been named to the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, presented to the nation's top defensive player.
It's the second honor this week for Maponga, tabbed Monday for the Chuck Bednarik Award which is also given to the nation's best defensive player. Maponga was selected last month by Dave Campbell's Texas Football as the State's Best Defensive Lineman.
Maponga, a first-team all-conference selection last season, was one of four players nationally to rank in the top 10 in forced fumbles (five) and top 20 in sacks (nine). He topped TCU in tackles for loss (13 1/2), sacks (nine), forced fumbles (five) and fumble recoveries (two).
A junior from Carrollton, Texas, Maponga led all linemen and ranked sixth on TCU with 55 total tackles. His five forced fumbles were the most by a Horned Frog since Jerry Hughes led the nation with six in 2008.