Former Springtown student-athlete Logan Turner has had a good year of football, thus far, and that may be putting it mildly. The senior Hardin-Simmons University quarterback, through six games, had amassed 1,878 yards of passing and thrown for 19 touchdowns while completing more than 60 percent of his passes.
And here is the kicker — these are the stats for an athlete who had decided to hang up his cleats after last season. Capably handling starting duty as the signal caller for Southeastern Oklahoma State for two years, Turner had all but made up his mind he was ready to get on his career path as a coach. Due, in part, to brotherly love.
“ I was actually still a junior on the field, but a senior in the classroom entering spring after my last season at Southeastern,” Turner said. “I really felt I was ready to be move forward with my career to begin coaching, and start that next step.
“I was hoping things would work out so that I could return to Springtown as a coach. And I really looked forward to the chance because [my little brother] Landry was going to be entering high school, which was another big reason I wanted to begin coaching.”
Logan would have also began his career under the tutelage of his father, Brad Turner who is Springtown’s head football coach. As fate would have it, Logan’s start-up coaching turn would be put on hold, but with eligibility remaining to don the helmet again, Hardin-Simmon’s high-flying offensive scheme, (and HSU head coach Jesse Burleson) came calling.
A mere three weeks into the season, sufficient time to meld with the team and his receivers, Logan hit a proverbial hot streak. Against Texas College, the final game prior to the beginning of the American Southwest Conference (ASC) slate, the Cowboys signal caller tossed seven touchdowns, a HSU record.