Senior, 6'3", 255 lbs.
Stats in 2014: Turner played against Maryland, Cincinnati, Houston and Memphis. The Memphis game was the only one in which he got his hands on the ball: one reception for ten yards in which he fumbled, recovered the fumble, and got a first down.
Spot on Depth Chart: There are no fullbacks on the depth chart.
How He Came to USF: Turner played tight end at Griffin High School in Spalding County, Georgia, graduating in 2011. He was a football captain and a member of the basketball team as well. USF, Duke and Wake Forest were his most attractive offers; he was also offered by Western Kentucky and Marshall among others.
Turner cited the coaching staff and practice facilities as big reasons why he came to Tampa. Sure, why play for Willie Taggart in a mid-major conference when you can play for Skip Holtz in the Big East?
Recruiting Rankings: He had three stars from ESPN and two from Rivals, Scout and 247.
Projected Playing Time: This fall is Turner's last chance to leave a mark on USF football. His freshman season was uneventful, he redshirted in 2012, then a neck injury kept him out of most of 2013. Kennard Swanson's emergence at fullback in 2014 again kept Turner on the sideline.
Mack, Tice, Johnson and Swanson have all demonstrated skill in the backfield, so I seriously doubt that Turner will be used this year as a rusher. He is by far the biggest back on the team, so he could be used if/when blocking is desperately needed. He could also line up as a tight end, but the Bulls seem to have all the tight ends they need at this point. If you see him on the field it either means USF is doing incredibly well or that more than one injury has taken place.
Fun Fact: Tye graduated in May, along with Steven Bench, Mattias Ciabatti and three other Bulls who are still on the roster.