Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Return of Dernard Turner

You might have seen recently that Coach Babers surprised two of his players by moving them from walk-on status to scholarship status.  The players are Vic Osborne, who made a bunch of special teams plays last year, and Dernard Turner, who is a JUCO player slated to be a backup S.  With Turner, there is more here than you might think.

Turner actually signed with BG in 2011 class.  Coach Clawson said he was the "most recruited" player in that year's class.  "Just a football player," said Coach.

He redshirted and then left the program the following Spring.

He went to the College of DuPage, who is a JUCO (and also home to Fahn Cooper and Shaq Hall).  There, he made 59 tackles, had an INT and 2 FRs, was first-team all-conference and honorable mention all-america.

He also sorted his academics out, and then it was back to BG to join this year's team.  He is on the 2-deep and provides important depth to BG in the d-backfield, and would seem to have similar skills to those that Boo Boo Gates had.

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