Charlie Strong made headlines in the last week when he went on a dismissal-rampage with the Texas Longhorns. Four players were reportedly dismissed from the team for violating team rules with another three possibly on the way out. One of those players, safety Josh Turner, has apparently gotten a second chance from Strong, however, which is great news for a Texas defense that was looking very thin following the recent purge.
Turner was looking to be the starting free safety for Texas in 2014 before he ran into trouble, playing in 12 games last season and starting three. He recorded 36 total tackles and was one of just two free safeties listed on the depth chart coming out of the spring. When Turner and his apparent backup Chevoski Collins were booted from the team, however, the Horns were out of free safeties and would have had to scramble to have someone switch positions and slide into the starting lineup.
But after meeting with Strong and agreeing to the coach’s conditions for remaining a member of the team, Turner provides a much-needed boost of experience to the safety position. While the team still needs to develop some depth behind him at the free safety position, having a veteran be able to step in and start the 2014 season will be a huge help to the Texas defense as they get reformed in Charlie Strong’s image. There will undoubtedly be an extremely short leash for Turner to stay on the field, but he’ll provide a solid presence in the back end if he can stay out of trouble.
Texas is undergoing a major philosophical overhaul with Strong taking over and he is cutting out anyone who isn’t on board without a second thought. In Turner’s case, however, granting a second chance is not only good news for the player, it helps out the Horns’ defense tremendously heading into a very important 2014 season.