TCU receiver KaVontae Turpin was named a preseason All-American by USA Today Sports this week.
The junior wideout received second-team honors as a returner. The first-team return man was Pitt’s Quadree Henderson.
Turpin had 28.4 yards per kick return last season and 12.5 yards per punt return and has two punt return touchdowns in his career. He missed five games with a knee injury, which was part of why he had just 986 all-purpose yards and 2 touchdowns in 2016.
As a freshman in 2015, Turpin had 1,675 all-purpose yards and 9 total touchdowns. He earned an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention that season and was named to multiple freshman All-America teams.
Last season was a step back for Turpin as a sophomore, but he still made a number of explosive plays. He had an 81-yard punt return for a touchdown in the season opener against South Dakota State, and he had 295 all-purpose yards in a loss to Arkansas.
There were some concerns about Turpin’s eligibility during spring practice, but coach Gary Patterson said those issues have been settled.
“We’re a lot better football team when he’s on the field … Right now, I’m excited that he’s back in the purple and black,” Patterson said.
TCU opens the season at home against Jackson State on Sept. 2.