Mac Engel: He was kicked off the TCU football team. Now he's the USFL MVP. Is the NFL next?

Mac Engel, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

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FORT WORTH, Texas — When TCU dismissed KaVontae Turpin from its football program in 2018 the prevailing thought was his football career was over.

Then-coach Gary Patterson kicked Turpin off the team after the returner was accused of assaulting a girlfriend.

It’s 2022, Turpin is 25, and he’s still playing football.

On Thursday, Turpin was named the MVP of the USFL.

It’s still a long shot, but his performance may lead to the chance he covets, which is a look by an NFL team.

Turpin’s New Jersey Generals finished 9-1, and he led the league in receiving yards and yards after catch. He also had 44 receptions and four touchdowns.


He led the USFL in punt return average and was the one who player who scored a touchdown on a kick return.

The success of the Miami Dolphins’ Tyreek Hill, who is not exactly tall and is no stranger to off the field issues from his collegiate days, could convince an NFL team to give Turpin a tryout.

After Turpin pleaded guilty in the spring of 2019 to assaulting his girlfriend, he was banned from participating in TCU’s Pro Day. He held his own Pro Day.

It didn’t matter. The NFL wanted no part of him.


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