Breaking a bone is always scary, but when you’re an athlete that has potential to play at the next level, it is even worse. This is something that Aregeros Turner experienced last season when he broke his right leg. Turner worked hard during the offense to make sure he was able to go his senior year, the scarier thing is that he has gotten better since then.
Turner, in his three years before he hurt his leg, rushed for 3,374 yards on 528 carries. He scored 36 touchdowns as well as catching 22 passes for 310 yards. Those are excellent stats. This season after returning from his injury, he has gained 179 yards in his first two games. What is impressive is that he has already rushed for 6 touchdowns. He also has hauled in 75 yards receiving with another touchdown as well.
Turner at a camp during the off-season was also clocked at running a 4.41 second 40 yard dash. To say the least, he is fast. What makes him great though is that he runs hard and is willing to gain those tough yards, which you don’t always see in a back like this.
He is being looked at by quite a few schools at the Division 1 level, one of which is the Illinois Fighting Illini.
A running back like Turner would fit in well at Illinois. They look to run the ball which any back likes to hear. Illinois doesn’t look like they have a featured back and look to do it by committee, which could bode well for Turner to see early playing time if he chooses to go there.
Illinois right now likes to run the option with their quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase. Turner runs the option right now at his high school team, the Copley Indians. Scheelhaase is a junior and his draft stock isn’t high enough for him to go pro, so for another year it looks like they will continue with the same offense. They do have a back-up quarterback who is built to run it as well, but they also have two pocket passers. Whoever wins the job could determine where the offense goes from there.
I think Turner could fit in well at Illinois whether they run the option or if they go to a more pro style of offense. His speed is definitely an asset to any running game. His durability is somewhat in question, but he broke his leg, so it isn’t a nagging injury. I wouldn’t be leery of offering him a scholarship on that since he seems stronger and faster since coming back from it. He has a great work ethic as well, getting himself ready for this year.
My prediction for Turner at Illinois is that he could be a member of a tandem or group of running backs, especially since they already have a big back that could wear out the defense and let Turner gash them for big yards.
He also could be a featured back, but I would recommend the I-formation and let a fullback help open holes. Turner’s high school isn’t big on airing it out, but he could be an asset in the passing game.
I definitely think he could be a solid running back for the Fighting Illini if he decides to accept their scholarship offer.