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The College Report: Gilmer's Turner an all-purpose performer for Rice

By Dan Chamness
Jan. 11, 2013 at 11 p.m.

A star at Gilmer, <em>Luke Turner</em> is starting to make a name for himself as a Rice University Owl as well.

Turner, who helped the Owls post a 7-6 overall mark this year, finished the year with 414 all-purpose yards. Most of Turner's yards were on kickoff returns (268 yards on 13 returns), but he also rushed for 146 yards on 35 carries and passed for one touchdown on his only attempt of the season.

Texas Tech University's <em>Ryan Bustin</em> (Kilgore) scored a team-leading 110 points this year. Bustin, a Red Raider sophomore, kicked 17 field goals and 59 extra points. He did not miss an extra point this year. Bustin hit 6-of-7 field goals from 20-29 yards, 8-of-10 from 30-39 yards, 2-of-5 from 40-49 yards and 1-of-2 from 50-99 yards. His longest gield goal of the year was 50 yards.

University of Texas sophomore linebacker <em>Steve Edmond</em> (Daingerfield) was one of two Longhorns to finish with more than 100 tackles this year. Edmond, who played in all 13 games for Texas, had 103 tackles, six tackles for loss, one sack and an interception return of 22 yards for a touchdown.

Kendall Thompson (Carthage) and Josh Cochran (Hallsville) both played extensively for Texas as well. Thompson, who played in 12 games, finished with 28 solos and 30 assisted tackles, nine tackles for losses, three sacks and three quarterback hurries. Cochran started on the Texas offensive line. The Longhorns posted 5,650 yards offensively - including 2,229 on the ground.

Fellow Texas player <em>Kyle Kriegel</em> (Elysian Field) played in five games and had one assisted tackle.

Henderson State University's <em>Destiny Smith</em> (Mt. Pleasant) had a pair of double-doubles this week. In Henderson State's 51-49 win over University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, Smith finished with 11 points, 15 rebounds, four steals and two assists. She drained 3-of-7 from the field and 5-of-8 from the free throw line. She started and played 35 minutes. She had 10 points and 12 rebounds in Henderson State's 64-60 loss to Southern Nazarene University. Smith nailed 5-of-9 field goals.

Fellow Henderson State player <em>Britney Colbert</em> (Longview) had five points and two rebounds in the victory of UA-Fort Smith. Henderson State is 8-3 overall and 3-2 in the Great American Conference.

University of Louisiana-Monroe finished 8-5 overall and 6-2 in the Sun Belt Conference this year. ULM freshman <em>Cortney Davis</em> (Gladewater) finished the year with 845 all-purpose yards. Davis, who started two games and played in all 13, had 748 yards on 34 kickoff returns. He also had 12 catches for 92 yards and three rushing yards on four carries. He led the team in kickoff returns and kickoff return yards.

Keyarris Garrett (Daingerfield) caught 67 passes for 845 yards for University of Tulsa this year. Garrett, a sophomore wide receiver, led Tulsa in catches, receiving yards and touchdown catches.

Abilene Christian University defeated Cameron University 90-43. ACU's <em>Shannon Sanders</em> (Spring Hill), who started and played 19 mintues, had nine boards.

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