Stellar year earns Turpin All-American honors



TCU wide receiver KaVontae Turpin (25) takes a touchdown pass across the goal line as Texas safety Dylan Haines (14) defends in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

KaVontae Turpin was named to the Football Writers’ Association of America Freshman All-American team today as a kick returner.

While listed as a wide receiver on the Horned Frogs’ roster, it was Turpin’s work in the return game that earned him the honor. He finished 2nd in the Big 12 and 14th nationally in yards per return with a 27.0 average.

The Louisiana native also had a stellar year returning punts. He took one to the house from 49 yards out against Kansas and was the only player nationally to average in the top-25 in both punt return and kick return yardage.

Turpin also broke the TCU freshman records for receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. His 8 touchdown catches, including the overtime winner against Baylor, were the second-most nationally among all freshmen.

Before the season began, head coach Gary Patterson warned reporters that Turpin was primed to have a breakout year.

“The guy that sticks out that has had a really great camp so far is Turpin,” Patterson said in September. “[Turpin] never gets tired. Punt-returner, kick off returner, he does a little of everything. I wish I could put him on defense.”