There is a debate that hovers around college football about who really owns the right to call their respective school “DBU” (Defensive Backs University). LSU has had plenty of reason in the last year or two to state their case. The Miami Hurricanes are on the fringe of needing clinical help if they still claim to be “DBU”, and although the defense has had the most questions over the past two seasons, the Texas Longhorns and DB coach Duane Akina continue to produce first and second round NFL draft prospects at the DB position year in and year out.
So, the question must be asked; who will step up and follow the footsteps of Texas DBs like Earl Thomas, Aaron Williams, Kenny Vaccaro and Thorpe Award winners Michael Huff and Aaron Ross?
In due time, or rather soon enough it will be junior safety Josh Turner. Turner was the No.1 safety in the state of Oklahoma in 2011 and the No.16 safety in the nation according to rivals.com. On top of stealing a blue chip from their rival state, the Longhorns grabbed a six-foot stud with 4.4 speed.
Turner hasn’t been a household name for the Longhorns in the previous two seasons and has stayed hidden on the depth chart. But in a season where so much is made of the experience and talent among the veterans that have grown into promising talents over their first two seasons it should be expected that Turner could make a nice impact if thrown into the mix.
Turner had 41 tackles last season, one of which was a sack, and saw most of his action against Oklahoma State early in the season. This year I expect that effort and then some as we should see plenty of the talented Josh Turner.