KaVontae Turpin was born on August 2, 1996, he is an American football wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He currently wears the number 9 jersey. He played college football at TCU before joining the second iteration of the New Jersey Generals for the 2022 USFL season. On June 22, 2022, Turpin was awarded MVP for the USFL. Turpin also played in the European League of Football for the Wroclaw Panthers from Poland in 2021.
Turpin went to Neville High School in his hometown Monroe, Louisiana. As a senior, he totaled 1,928 all-purpose yards, including 904 rushings and 724 receiving, and 29 touchdowns. He received honors from All-state, All-Northeast Louisiana, and All-NELA Big School Offensive Player of the Year.
He was a three-star recruit and the no. 12 prospect from all of Louisiana. On January 25, 2015, Turpin committed to TCU over another scholarship offer from Texas Tech.
In the August 2021 season, the Panthers Wrocław of the European League of Football based in Poland signed him mid-season as a replacement for injured running back Mark Herndon. There he won 3 out of 4 regular season games with a crucial win over the Hamburg Sea Devils, where he registered 293 yards of total offense and two touchdowns.
He finished the regular season with 702 all-purpose yards and six touchdowns. In the semi-final on the road, Turpin and the Panthers lost 27 to 30 in a close game against the Sea Devils. On November 2, the franchise re-signed him for the 2022 season, but he instead opted to be eligible for the draft of the newly founded USFL.
Turpin was selected by the New Jersey Generals in the 13th round (103rd overall) of the 2022 USFL Draft. He appeared in 10 games, making 44 receptions for 540 yards (led the league), 4 receiving touchdowns (second in the league), 23 carries for 129 yards, one rushing touchdown, 921 all-purpose yards, 12 punt returns for 184 yards, and one touchdown. He was named the league MVP of the inaugural USFL season.
On July 27, 2022, Turpin signed a three-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL. On August 20, 2022, in the second pre-season game played at SoFi Stadium against the Los Angeles Chargers, Turpin scored two touchdowns: the first on a 98-yard kickoff return in the first quarter and the second on an 86-yard punt return in the second quarter, thus paving the way for a 32–18 Cowboys victory. Turpin also added 1 rush attempt for 7 yards during the game.