Echols-Luper Set To Transfer

TCU will look to find a new punt return specialist

Now former TCU punt returner Cameron Echols-Luper announced via twitter Friday that he will not return to the Horned Frogs for the 2015 season.

“First and foremost I would like to thank Texas Christian University for the 3 years I’ve spent here,” wrote Echols-Luper in a tweet Friday night. “I’ve made life long friends who’ve turned into family, I will never forget the time I’ve spent on this beautiful campus.”

Multiple reports indicate Echols-Luper will move on to Arkansas State, where he plans to play quarterback.

“I’ve decided to close this chapter in my life and move on and begin a new chapter,” he wrote.

Echols-Luper earned an All-Big 12 Honorable mention as a return specialist in 2014. His 69-yard punt return against Kansas gave TCU the lead in dramatic fashion. His 10.6 yards per return average was good for fourth among Big 12 teams, according to GoFrogs.com.

Moving forward, it’s unclear who will take over Echols-Luper’s role on special teams. Head coach Gary Patterson has spoken highly of true freshman Kavontae Turpin throughout fall camp.

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

Last week, Patterson compared Turpin's presence in practice to the days in which Daryl Washington would fly around the practice field, or "Daryl sightings."

"Turpin's one of those guys. You have Turpin sightings,” he said.

Turpin, a Louisiana product, is listed at 5 feet 9 inches and 145 pounds. He chose TCU over Texas Tech and Tulane, among others.

Deante Gray and Ranthony Texada have seen time on special teams in years past. Texada had a long return to open up the second half against Ole Miss during the 2014 Peach Bowl victory. Gray is recovering from a knee injury. Patterson said Gray is “starting to get closer” Wednesday after practice.

TCU is set to begin their 2015 campaign in just 12 days at Minnesota.


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