Cameron Echols-Luper

TCU’s top punt returner Echols-Luper will try to be Arkansas State’s QB

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TCU is preparing to enter the 2015 season with high expectations, starting the season ranked No. 2 in the coaches preseason poll. The Horned Frogs will proceed without its top punt returner. Cameron Echols-Luper is reportedly leaving TCU for Arkansas State. The transfer also comes with a change of positions with Echols-Luper reportedly switching to quarterback with the Red Wolves.

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Echols-Luper struggled to climb the depth chart at wide receiver and had been working on a switch to the defensive side of the football in the offseason. TCU was working on moving him from wide receiver to cornerback, a position he played in high school. It was thought at the time the position switch could help TCU soften the blow of losing Kevin White to graduation, but Echols-Luper was nowhere to be found on TCU’s post-spring depth chart in the secondary. He was, however, listed as the top punt returner and among the three kick returners for the Horned Frogs.

Echols-Luper returned 33 of 35 punts for the co-Big 12 champions last season, going a total of 349 yards and returning one for a touchdown in the process.

A three-star recruit in TCU’s Class of 2013, Echols-Luper will now move a little closer to home as he makes yet another position change. The Auburn, Alabama native will have to sit out the 2015 season due to NCAA transfer rules however, he will have two years of eligibility remaining. He did play quarterback in high school, passing for 1,036 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior.

TCU receiver Echols-Luper moves to defense

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TCU wide receiver Cameron Echols-Luper will have a new role on the team in 2015. TCU head coach Gary Patterson revealed Saturday Echols-Luper will be moving to t he defensive side of the football in 2015, with the transition starting this spring.

Echols-Luper played cornerback in high school, and Patterson noted his size and speed being a good fit for the position for TCU’s defense next season.

The move to cornerback also should give Echols-Luper more playing time on the field as well. The Horned Frogs should be pretty set at wide receiver next season with the returns of juniors Josh Doctson, Kolby Listenbee and Deante’ Gray and sophomore Ty Slanina. All four were among the team’s leading receivers in 2014. Echols-Luper managed just nine receptions for 72 yards in 2014.

TCU is losing senior defensive back Kevin White, and adding Echols-Luper figures to help the depth at the position whether he wins the starting job or not. However, hopes are high he can step right into filling big shoes on that side of the football.