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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Cravens a finalist for Army award

The recognition for Su’a Cravens just keeps growing.
Vista Murrieta’s multi-purpose standout was named Wednesday as one of the six finalists for the 2013 U.S. Army Player of the Year Award, presented to the outstanding senior in high school football who has been selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Cravens, who has made a verbal commitment to attend USC, could play any position on the field, according to head coach Coley Candaele, who has used him as a safety, linebacker, running back, receiver and on special teams.
Through the team’s quarterfinal playoff game, Cravens was second on the team in tackles with 95, 46 solo, with five sacks, three interceptions, two fumble recoveries and three blocked punts. He added two blocked punts in the Broncos’ semifinal playoff win over Rancho Cucamonga.
His 17 touchdowns this season include eight receiving TDs, five rushing scores, two interception returns (including one of 104 yards), a punt return and a return of a blocked punt.
“He’s dynamic,” says Corona Centennial coach Matt Logan, whose team will face Vista Murrieta in Friday’s Inland Division championship game.
Cravens received his jersey for the All-American Bowl, to be played Jan. 5 in San Antonio, in a Nov. 10 ceremony on the Vista Murrieta campus. That day, coach Coley Candaele talked about seeing his player blossom as a junior.
“You realized this guy is playing at a higher level than everyone else,” Candaele said. “When you see a kid every day at practice, you get spoiled. You don’t see what’s out there, and you don’t know what reality is until he’s gone. So reality will kick in next year.”
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