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.
“That was really exciting, and a lot of fun, to be able to set a new school record,” Logan said. “That was really one of the overriding reasons I came to HSU.
“In the offense we run, as a quarterback, you expect to get the chance to put up lots of yards and scores. It is just a lot of fun to work in this system and I was really fortunate to get the opportunity.”
“Journeyman” is a term usually reserved for pro quarterbacks who have been moving around the league, but the circuitous route Logan has taken en route to HSU could certainly qualify. Starting as a senior at Springtown after the move with his family from Sulphur Springs, the graduate was recruited as a dual threat by SMU, and spent time there until the coaching staff underwent a wholesale change. Transferring to Southeastern Oklahoma spawned two years at the starting quarterback position. The rest, you know.
At 3-0 in ASC play coming into the weekend, the Cowboys anticipated the biggest game of the year with nationally-ranked Mary Hardin-Baylor. Saturday’s game offered all the excitement expected, with HSU falling short late in the game.
After tossing four touchdowns to take the lead in the fourth period, the rest of the game turned back to the Crusaders favor, with a final score of 45-32. Logan threw for 470 yards, another high-output performance.
HSU, with Logan at the helm, figures to add more wins through the rest of the year, until coaching comes calling.