Former Kingwood standout Sewo Olonilua continues to impress at the college level. The junior running back at TCU turned in a career night for the Horned Frogs in a 10-7 overtime victory against California at the Cheez-it Bowl, played on Dec. 26 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz., home of Major League Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks.
Olonilua ran for more than 1,000 yards in his senior season of 2015 at Kingwood High School and scored 14 touchdowns for the Mustangs while averaging 11.4 yards per carry. He was ranked by 247Sports.com as the top running back recruit out of the state of Texas.
He is proving that ranking to be accurate, rushing for a career-high 194 yards, also a TCU bowl record on 32 carries, second-most ever in a bowl game for TCU next to LaDanian Tomlinson’s 36 carries in the 1999 Mobile Alabama Bowl.
For Olonilua, it was his first collegiate 100-yard game, which included a season-long 32-yard run. He scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter, his second touchdown of the season and 10th as a Horned Frog.
For his efforts, Olonilua was named the Offensive Most Valuable Player of the bowl game.
The 6-foot-3, 231-pound bruiser led TCU in rushing this season with team highs in rushing (635 yards) and carries (135). He averaged 4.7 yards per carry and also caught 15 passes for another 86 yards.
In two previous seasons, Olonilua had a combined 79 carries for 452 yards. But his breakout season puts him in line for a spotlight senior season at TCU and one more opportunity to impress the NFL scouts.