Craig Turner
    Craig Turner


    Boutte, La.

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    Height / Weight:
    5-10 / 195



    An incredibly productive and versatile player...Has excelled at running back, fullback and punt returner...Moved from offense to cornerback late in the 2005 season because of injuries and performed so well, he stayed there in the spring.

    2006: Named First-Team all-Gateway Conference as a return specialist for the second-straight year...Returned a punt 83 yards for a TD against Western Kentucky and earned Gateway Special Teams Player-of the-Week...Ranked seventh in the nation in punt returns (14.9 ypr) and fifth in the conference in kick returns (21.9 ypr)...Broke the schools career record in punt return yardsage...Started all 13 games...Defensively, he ranked sixth on the team with 58 tackles...Led the team with eight pass breakups...Recorded a career-high 11 tackles against Montana in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I Football Championship.

    2005: Named First-Team All-Gateway Conference as a return specialist, after finishing 10th in the nation in punt returns (14.7 avg)...Rushed for a career-high 142 yards at Western Illinois to earn conference player-of-the-week honors...Returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown in the playoff game at Appalachian State...Returned a punt 85 yards for a TD against Youngstown State.

    2004: Named to the Gateway's all-newcomer team...Averaged a remarkable 11.1 yards per carry...Used primarily at the fullback position.

    High School: Led his team to a 15-0 record and 5A state championship his senior year...Team finished ranked 15th in the nation by USA Today...Rushed for 1,340 yards, 30 TDs and 9.8 average in 2003...Also had 20 catches for 423 yards and 7 TDs, and two kickoff returns for TDs...Rushed for 384 yards in playoff game vs. Fontainebleau...River Parish "Player of the Year" and all-district...Played in the New Orleans-area Prep All-Star Classic in December.

    Worth Knowing: Born December 4, 1985...Son of Leonard and Leana Celestine...Major in physical education.