Fayetteville State 2012 Preseason Football Prospectus
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Austin Turner, a native of San Diego, CA, is a red-shirt sophomore at Fayetteville State University. A transfer from San Diego Mesa College, he is a kicker on the Broncos football team.
After his collegiate debut, Austin Turner was named the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Specialty Player of the Week. He had five kickoffs for a total of 334 yards and one touchback. He was two-for-two in field goals from 34 and 19 yards out, four-of-four in PAT Kicks, and he punted seven times for 320 yards which averaged 45.7 yards. His longest punt was for 84 yards with three of them landing inside the 20-yard line.
In the Broncos' 30-20 win over Bowie State on Sept. 12, Turner booted a 49-yard field goal which was the longest in FSU history. His performance garnered him a second CIAA Specialty Player of the Week Award.
The CIAA awarded Austin his third POW Award after Fayetteville State defeated Shaw 29-28. During the game, He made two-of-three field goals. The longest of the day was a 40-yarder. He punted nine times for 408 yards which averaged 45.3 yards. Three of them were inside the 20 and one was for a touchback. His longest punt was for 60 yards. Turner had six kickoffs that averaged 62.7 yards with two touchbacks.
Austin Turner has set a school record at Fayetteville State for the most field goals in a season (17) and his 89 points are the second most in FSU single-season history. He has connected on 38-of-42 PAT's and was perfect in nine games. Turner had 65 punts and averaged 39.2 yards for the season. Twenty punts were inside the 20-yard line while nine were 50+ yards. Ten punts were called for a fair-catch and four were touchbacks. His longest punt was for an 84-yarder.
Austin was 17-of-32 in field goals which includes his record-breaking 49-yards. With 68 kick-offs, he averaged 61 yards per kick. Seven of his kick-offs was touchbacks while only one of kicks sailed out-of-bounds.
For all of his efforts, the conference named Austin Turner the 2009 CIAA Special Teams Player of the Year.
Prior to the season, Head Coach Kenny Phillips stated that the missing link to Fayetteville State's success during the 2008 season was the kicker position. He continued that he had a secret weapon in Austin Turner and that the 2009 CIAA Football Championship had to come through Murchison Road. The Broncos defeated Bowie State University 21-10 in Durham, North Carolina for the conference crown. FSU also represented the conference in the NCAA Playoffs.
"Before Austin leaves here, he'll probably own every kicking record at the university," head coach Kenny Phillips said. "He is going to turn out to be the best kicker to ever kick at this university."
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