It was in last year’s bowl game that Kingwood graduate Sewo Olonilua made his first start for TCU. It was his freshman year with the Horned Frogs and capped an interesting season that found the former Mustangs standout playing in all 13 games while rushing for 122 yards on 15 carries. Olonilua scored one touchdown as a freshman. It came in a 62-22 victory at Baylor.
Fast-forward to this season and Olonilua is becoming a more integral part of the TCU offense in his sophomore season. Olonilua and the No. 15 ranked Horned Frogs will take on No. 13 Stanford in the 2017 Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio. The game is set for 8 p.m. Dec. 28.
It will conclude a more productive season for the 2016 Kingwood graduate, who rushed for 272 yards and seven touchdowns on 59 attempts for the Horned Frogs and caught 15 passes for an additional 135 yards.
But for the 6-3, 225-pounder, running the football would seem to be his forte. Olonilua set a career-high with 10 carries in the regular season finale against Baylor. He rushed for a single-game career-high 71 yards, surpassing the 63 yards (9 carries) he ran for against SMU in a 56-36 victory back on Sept. 16.
Olonilua, a 4-star recruit, rushed for 1,073 yards and 14 touchdowns, averaging 11.4 yards per carry as a senior at Kingwood where he also played outside linebacker. Olonilua chose TCU over LSU, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.