Selected second team All-BIG EAST...Finished second on the team with 100 tackles...Forced a team-best five fumbles...Made nine stops and forced two fumbles in season-opening win versus Kentucky...Had seven games with eight or more tackles...Set a career-high with 11 tackles in triple-overtime tilt versus Connecticut.
Appeared in all 13 games and started every contest since the Rutgers game...Finished sixth on the team with 43 tackles...Also had three tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, two interceptions and a sack...Recorded four tackles and an interception in the Belk Bowl...Had five games with five or more tackles.
Played for Vern Barth at Port St. Joe High School...Three-star prospect by Rivals.com...Rated as the No. 31 safety by Rivals.com...Standout at both running back and safety...Played in the North-South All-Star game.
Son of Monique Turrell and Calvin Pryor...Born 7/2/1992...Communications major.
- Jets eschew drama, take a safety...Any doubt that the circus has left Florham Park disappeared shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday, when the New York Jets waded gently into the draft waters instead of delivering a cannonball that would sent waves cascading throughout the NFL. The Jets passed on quarterback Johnny Manziel -- the most polarizing player in this year's draft -- with the 18th pick and instead took Louisville safety Calvin Pryor. Drafting Manziel and adding him to an already potentially combustible quarterback competition with incumbent Geno Smith and free agent signee Michael Vick might have been something the Jets would have done two or three years ago, when they seemed as interested in making headlines as winning games.
But with no-nonsense general manager John Idzik clearly in charge, the Jets efficiently addressed an obvious need D albeit not the need most observers thought the Jets would tackle on Thursday D by selecting Pryor. "We won't get into who was a consideration," Idzik said when asked whether or not the Jets pondered Manziel. "Suffice to say we stuck to our philosophy. We stuck to our board. And Calvin was our guy." Idzik and head coach Rex Ryan said they were impressed with Pryor's complete game and in particular his reputation as one of the hardest hitters in the draft. - The Sports Xchange