BIO: First-team all-conference selection as a senior after posting 310/1,648/14 on the ground while catching 19/230/3. Forced into the starting lineup as a junior and responded with a career high 338/1,915/19 carrying the ball, adding 10/100/0 as a receiver. Also started eleven games as a true freshman finishing with 200/983/7 on the ground.
POSITIVES: Tough, durable interior runner capable of being a feature back. Combines power and speed as well as running instincts. Sees the field, patient and follows blocks. Easily keeps his feet off the initial hit, runs low to the ground and keeps chugging up the field. Powerful, picks up a lot of yardage off initial contact and tough on the inside. Gets around tackles displaying the speed and agility to beat defenders to the flanks. Competitive, plays with an aggressive style and gets stronger as the game progresses, taking important handoffs deep into the fourth quarter. Improved his tenacity as a blocker last season.
NEGATIVES: Lacks a burst through the hole and overall explosion. Cannot quickly cut back against the grain and not a runner who creates if nothing's available. Did not distinguish himself at the Senior Bowl and looked slow.
ANALYSIS: A talented ball carrier productive anywhere on the field, Turner possesses the size and speed to be a starting feature back at the next level. May have dispelled the belief that he is not fast enough after timing to a 4.52 at the Combine. Must improve the finer details of his position but a solid first-day pick that could crack a starting lineup by the end of his rookie campaign.