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Friday, December 21, 2012

Cravens receives USA Today’s top defensive award

Adding to his growing list of honors, Vista Murrieta defensive back Su’a Cravens has been named the All-USA Football Defensive Player of the Year by USA Today. Corona Centennial offensive lineman Cameron Hunt is a second-team selection on the All-USA Team announced Thursday, Dec. 20.

Cravens was also announced Thursday as one of six finalists for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Defensive Player of the Year award, to be announced Jan.4 in San Antonio. Cravens will play in the All-American Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio the next day.

Cravens, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound senior who has committed to play at USC, was a two-way impact player during the Bronco's 13-1 season. He had 97 tackles, 47 solo, with four interceptions, eight sacks and three blocked punts. On offense, he rushed for six touchdowns and had eight scoring receptions.
“I think it’s all his high school experience coming in, wrapping into one,” said Vista Murrieta coach Coley Candaele. “His overall play on offense, defense and special teams affected our success, our ability to take the football program to another level.”


Cravens was previously announced as a nominee for the U.S. Army Player of the Year award, also awarded by the All-American Bowl. And on Wednesday, he became one of the eight finalists for CalHiSports.com’s Mr. Football Award, for the best player in California. Corona Centennial quarterback Robert Webber is also a finalist for that award.

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