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2015 NFL DRAFT

Craig Loston, SS

School: LSU  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Houston, TX
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 217 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
16355
Player News
01/01/2014 - Jeremy Hill rushed for 216 yards and two touchdowns, helping No. 14 LSU and inexperienced quarterback Anthony Jennings hold off Iowa 21-14 in the Outback Bowl on Wednesday. Craig Loston's interception stopped a potential game-tying drive, giving Hill a chance to put the game out of reach by carrying four times for 87 yards on a six-play, 92 yard march that gave the Tigers (10-3) a 21-7 lead. Iowa (8-5) again pulled within a touchdown after Jordan Cotton returned the ensuing kickoff to the Tigers' 4. Jennings rushed for a touchdown but only threw for 82 yards while standing in for the injured Zach Mettenberger in the freshman's first college start. Backup quarterback C.J. Beathard `s fourth-down interception stopped one promising drive for Iowa, but he also tossed a 4-yard TD pass to Kevonte Martin-Manley to trim the Hawkeyes' deficit to 21-14 with 1:42 remaining. - AP Sports

12/11/2013 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC HONORABLE MENTION: Craig Loston, S, LSU, 6-2, 209, Sr.,...Loston started nine games for the Tigers and registered 51 tackles, two pass breakups and two interceptions. Loston's interceptions helped seal LSU's victories against Auburn and Texas A&M. - LSU football

09/12/2013 - SS Craig Loston injured a leg against UAB and will miss some practice time. He's expected to play against Kent State. - The Sports Xchange

08/26/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB - Craig Loston, LSU,...Played and started in 12 games in 2012 ... Missed the Idaho contest with an injury ... Earned second-team All-SEC honors from the Associated Press ... Ranked fifth on team in tackles with 55 and was second in interceptions with three ... Added three tackles for loss, one fumble recovery and a pass breakup in 2012. - LSU football

08/21/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: S Craig Loston was one of the few juniors to skip the draft and he brings much-needed experience to the secondary. A highly regarded recruit three years ago, Loston had his healthiest season last season and could be a standout player next season. - The Sports Xchange

08/21/2013 - TOP LSU PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 2. SS Craig Loston (6-1, 209, 4.56)...LSU's tradition of sending quality defensive backs to the NFL is very nearly as strong as its history along the defensive line. At least one member of the Tigers' secondary has been drafted each year since 2006. Among them were top 20 picks LaRon Landry, Patrick Peterson, Morris Claiborne and Eric Reid. Despite last season being his first opportunity to start, Loston looks well on his way towards extending the LSU's secondary pipeline into the NFL.

Losing Brandon Taylor to the NFL (San Diego Chargers) and Tyrann Mathieu (suspension) can hardly be described as a positive for LSU but it did give Loston an opening to start. He took over at strong safety last season and emerged as a difference-maker, racking up 55 tackles, three tackles for loss, three interceptions (as well as 101 return yards) and two fumble recoveries. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/21/2013 - TOP LSU PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 2. SS Craig Loston (6-1, 209, 4.56)...Loston is in many ways a similar prospect as Reid. While perhaps not quite as athletic as the 49ers' first round pick, Loston possesses a well-built frame, good instincts for the position and is a fearless hitter. He played in two games as a true freshman in 2009 before suffering a wrist injury that caused LSU to redshirt him and has seen extensive time (23 games, including two starts) since as a rotational defender and special teams ace.

Reid's speed made him a terrific centerfielder for the Tigers. With Reid playing back, Loston was often allowed to attack downhill, showing rare acceleration and explosion as an open-field hitter. Loston's aggression gets the better of him, at times, as he'll duck his head into tackles (which could draw flags or lead to injury) and sometimes fails to break down adequately, relying on hitting rather than tackling to knock ball-carriers to the ground. As the senior member of LSU's secondary, Loston enters the 2013 season with plenty of eyes upon. If he can build upon last year's success, Loston could emerge as the top safety in the country. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

07/25/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): DB - Craig Loston, LSU (135)...Played and started in 12 games in 2012 ... Missed the Idaho contest with an injury ... Earned second-team All-SEC honors from the Associated Press ... Ranked fifth on team in tackles with 55 and was second in interceptions with three ... Added three tackles for loss, one fumble recovery and a pass breakup in 2012. - LSU football

07/12/2013 - 2013 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCH LIST: Craig Loston, LSU, DB...Loston, who is also a candidate for the Bednarik Award, goes into his senior season as the leader of the Tiger secondary. He was a second-team All-Southeastern Conference recipient as a junior after ranking fifth on the team in tackles with 55 and second in interceptions with three. He is one of only three players in school history to return an interception 100 yards for a touchdown as he joined the list in the fourth quarter of a 37-17 blowout win over Mississippi State. - LSU football

07/12/2013 - 2013 BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: S Craig Loston, LSU...Loston, a senior from Houston, has made several pre-season All-America teams as one of the nation's elite safety prospects. In 35 career games, Loston has notched 91 tackles and six takeaways (four interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery).

Loston was a second-team All-SEC recipient as a junior after ranking fifth on the team in tackles with 55 and second in interceptions with three. He is one of only three players in school history to return an interception 100 yards for a touchdown as he joined the list in the fourth quarter of a 37-17 blowout win over Mississippi State. - LSU football

07/12/2013 - 2013 JIM THORPE AWARD WATCH LIST: S Craig Loston, Louisiana State...Loston is one of 48 players nationally up for the honor, a list that includes four standouts from the Southeastern Conference. The SEC has claimed four straight Thorpe Awards highlighted by back-to-back trophies from LSU All-Americans Patrick Peterson (2010) and Morris Claiborne (2011). LSU is one of only two schools (Texas the other) to claim back-to-back Thorpe Awards since the establishment of the accolade in 1986.

Loston will spearhead the Tiger secondary in 2013 after ranking fifth on the squad in tackles with 55 last season to go along with three interceptions. A second-team All-SEC recipient, Loston elected to return to LSU for his senior season where he is also a candidate for the Bednarik Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy. - LSU football

 
Player News
01/01/2014 - Jeremy Hill rushed for 216 yards and two touchdowns, helping No. 14 LSU and inexperienced quarterback Anthony Jennings hold off Iowa 21-14 in the Outback Bowl on Wednesday. Craig Loston's interception stopped a potential game-tying drive, giving Hill a chance to put the game out of reach by carrying four times for 87 yards on a six-play, 92 yard march that gave the Tigers (10-3) a 21-7 lead. Iowa (8-5) again pulled within a touchdown after Jordan Cotton returned the ensuing kickoff to the Tigers' 4. Jennings rushed for a touchdown but only threw for 82 yards while standing in for the injured Zach Mettenberger in the freshman's first college start. Backup quarterback C.J. Beathard `s fourth-down interception stopped one promising drive for Iowa, but he also tossed a 4-yard TD pass to Kevonte Martin-Manley to trim the Hawkeyes' deficit to 21-14 with 1:42 remaining. - AP Sports
 

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