Monday, August 24, 2009

1992 Stadium Club #259 T. J. Turner

A Cougar great passed away today. T. J. Turner died from complications of a stroke.

T. J. played defensive tackle for the University of Houston from 1982 to 1985 and had an incredible career. He was captain of the 1985 team along with center Todd Schoppe. His name is all over the Cougar record books.

  • 1st in career tackles for a loss with 66

  • 3rd in career sacks with 30

  • 8th in sacks for a season with 11 in 1984

  • 2nd in tackles for a loss with 23 in 1984

  • 4th in tackles for a loss with 21 in 1985

  • Led the team in sacks in 1982, 1984, and 1985

He also was awarded several honors.

  • Football News Freshman All American in 1982

  • Sporting News 2nd Team All American and AP & UPI Honorable Mention in 1984

  • 2nd Team All Southwest Conference in 1983

  • 1st Team All Southwest Conference in 1984 & 1985

He was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the 3rd round of the 1986 NFL draft where he played from 1986-1992.

My prayers go out for him and his family.

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