Vista Murrieta (Murrieta, Calif.) safety Su’a Cravens has shown a knack for the big play this season, one of the reasons his team is 13-0 heading into its playoff game Friday with Centennial (Corona).
In a 34-0 playoff defeat last week of Rancho Cucamonga, Cravens had his hand in blocking two punts.
Cravens, a 6-1, 205-pound senior who said he plans to sign with Southern California, also is increasingly playing on offense as the Broncos go deeper in the playoffs.
Cravens is the focus of this week's American Family Insurance ALL-USA Watch. Until Dec. 20, when the postseason ALL-USA team will be announced, we’re taking a look at those who have either backed up the preseason hype or played their way into ALL-USA consideration.
This week’s player: Vista Murrieta safety Su’a Cravens.
2012 Stats: Has 95 tackles, including 46 solo tackles, 14 tackles for loss and eight sacks. He’s made four interceptions, returning three for touchdowns. He’s also returned two blocked for punts. He also has eight touchdown catches and five runs for touchdowns.
Best Games: In a 48-9 defeat of South (Anchorage, Alaska) on Sept. 7, he returned an interception for a touchdown, recovered a fumble, caught a touchdown pass and returned a blocked punt for a touchdown, all in the first half. On Oct. 19, in a 45-17 defeat of Murrieta Valley (Murrieta), he scored his team’s first three touchdowns: a punt return; a touchdown catch; and a 99-yard interception return.
Others take: “Su’a Cravens has instincts for the game of football that you cannot teach,” said Vista Murrieta coach Coley Candaele.
Look Out For: Paramus Catholic (Paramus, N.J.) safety Jabrill Peppers has three interceptions and 65 tackles. Only a junior, the 6-foot, 200-pound Peppers is also one of the state’s best running backs. He has rushed for 1,177 yards and 15 touchdowns and caught five touchdown passes.
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