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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
Career Notes
Two-year starter at safety for LSU ... Leader in the secondary for the Tigers in 2013, helping LSU to a 10-3 record and win over Iowa in the Outback Bowl ... Played in 45 games with 24 starts during his career, including 12 games in 2012 and 10 in 2013 ... Finished career with 148 tackles (84 solo), 7.0 tackles for loss and a sack ... Intercepted seven passes, including three in both 2012 and 2013 ... Two-time second team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press in 2012 and 2013 ... Invited to participate in 2014 Senior Bowl ... Off the field, is an aspiring actor ... Majoring in theatre design.
2013 Season
Played in 10 games with 10 starts ... Missed three games (Kent State, Mississippi State, and Furman) due to injury ... Earned second team All-SEC honors from the AP ... Named to the ESPN.com All-Bowl team after helping LSU to a 21-14 win over Iowa in the Outback Bowl ... Played perhaps best all-around game of his career against Iowa with 6 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sacks, 1 pass breakup and an interception as LSU held the Hawkeyes to 11 first downs and 233 total yards (76 rushing, 157 passing) ... Keyed LSU defensive effort with seven tackles and an interception as Tigers held Texas A&M and Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Johnny Manziel to season-low 10 points and 299 total yards in 34-10 victory in November ... Tied career-best with nine tackles along with a tackle for a 1-yard loss in road game vs. Alabama ... Interceptions came in wins over Auburn, Texas A&M and Iowa ... Interceptions against Texas A&M and Iowa came in fourth quarter and halted potential scoring drives ... Interception of Manziel pass came in the endzone on second down with the Aggies at the LSU 10-yard line ... Interception vs. Iowa came with Hawkeyes facing 4-and-1 at LSU 16-yard line with LSU leading 14-7 and with five minutes remaining in the game.
2012 Season
Played and started in 12 games ... 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 ... Named SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Week vs. Mississippi State when he had six tackles and returned a fourth quarter interception 100 yards for a touchdown to put the game out of reach ... The 100-yard interception return tied both an NCAA, SEC and LSU record for the longest in history ... Joined Greg Jackson (1988 vs. Mississippi State) and White Graves (1964 vs. Kentucky) as the only players in LSU history to return an interception 100 yards for a touchdown ... Set career-high with nine tackles, including a tackle for loss, in 24-19 win over Texas A&M ... Led Tigers with seven tackles vs. top-ranked Alabama ... Capped season with seven tackles, one fumble recovery and a pass breakup vs. Clemson in Chick-fil-A Bowl ... Other two interceptions came vs. South Carolina and Ole Miss ... Interception vs. South Carolina came with 10 seconds left in the contest and with the Gamecocks trailing 23-21.
2011 Season
A top reserve at safety who also played on special teams ... Saw action in 10 games with no starts, recording 14 tackles ... Did not play against Kentucky, Florida and Ole Miss ... Set a career high with seven tackles against Auburn ... Posted one tackle and one pass breakup versus Arkansas ... Made two tackles in the opener against Oregon and also forced a fumble on a kickoff that led to an LSU touchdown drive.
2010 Season
Played all 13 games with starts against Vanderbilt and Texas A&M ... Finished with 22 tackles, two PBUs, one tackle for a loss and one interception ... Set a season high with five tackles against Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl ... Had his first tackle for loss against Ole Miss ... Saw extensive action against Louisiana-Monroe and picked off his first career pass to go along with three tackles and one pass breakup ... Recorded his first career pass breakup against Tennessee ... Earned his first career start at Vanderbilt and finished with two tackles ... Made his first career tackle in the opener against North Carolina ... Played extensively on the special teams units.
2009 Season
Played in two games - Washington and UL-Lafayette - on special teams ... Suffered a wrist injury following the UL-Lafayette game and didn't play again in 2009 ... Granted a medical redshirt following the season.
High School
Widely considered the best safety in the nation in the Class of 2009 ... Named to the Parade All-America team as well as being named second-team All-USA by USA Today ... Rated the No. 1 safety in high school football in 2008 by Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPNU ... Rated the No. 1 defensive back by SuperPrep Magazine ... Rated as the No. 2 prospect in Texas by SuperPrep Magazine ... Named SuperPrep Southwest Defensive Player of the Year ... Ranked the No. 17 overall prospect by the Sporting News ... Rated as a five-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com ... Named to the 2009 USA Today All-USA second team as a defensive back ... Participated for the White squad in the Under Armour All-American Bowl in Orlando, Fla. ... As a junior recorded 91 tackles and three interceptions and gained 847 receiving yards while averaging 30 yards per kick return ... Named first team all-state and defensive MVP in Texas class 19-5A as a junior ... Played defensive back, wide receiver and was Eisenhower's punt and kickoff return specialist ... Coached by Ray Evans.
Personal
Full name is Craig Anthony Loston, Jr. ... Born on Dec. 21, 1989 ... Goes by Craig ... Mom is Jackie Henderson-Robertson ... Has three siblings - Chameyon, Shemiah, and Sheniqua ... Cousin of LSU teammate Russell Shepard ... Majoring in general studies.
 
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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