2018 Season Countdown: #71 Christian Turner

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6Jul 2018
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2018 Season Countdown: #71 Christian Turner

Christian Turner (image via Detroit News)

Name: Christian Turner
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 185 lbs.
High school: Buford (GA) Buford
Position: Running back
Class: Freshman
Jersey number: N/A
Last year: Turner was a senior in high school (LINK). He ran the ball 115 times for 801 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Turner confuzzled some Michigan recruiting fanatics when he committed in April of 2017. He was a generic 3-star running back with decent offers (Miami, Notre Dame, Wisconsin) but not a whole lot of recruiting hype. Michigan snatched him when a lot of people thought he would be committing to the Fighting Irish, so that was the silver lining to an otherwise uninspiring recruiting victory. Even his high school production is solid, but nothing spectacular.

But going into the 2018 season, I keep hearing that Michigan thinks they found a bit of a hidden gem in Turner. I have heard that they expect him to play this year, likely as a third-down back. Turner did a nice job catching a screen pass in the International Bowl and has decent speed, and if he can be a decent pass blocker, that would be great. I think finding high schoolers who are ready to handle college pass protections can be an iffy proposition, but if the coaching staff thinks he has the mental and physical capabilities to be a solid blocker, then hooray – because Karan Higdon and Chris Evans haven’t been great in that area. Either way, I don’t imagine Turner as a huge step up over the non-Higdon and non-Evans options, so I’m still placing him fairly low in the countdown.

Prediction: Backup running back

20Jan 2018
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2018 International Bowl recap

The 2018 International Bowl took place on Friday evening, and there were a handful of Michigan signees participating in the game against Canada’s U-19 team. They were CB Gemon Green, S German Green, RB Hassan Haskins, TE Luke Schoonmaker, and RB Christian Turner.

Turner had a standout performance with a 56-yard TD run and a 2-yard TD run, Haskins had a 1-yard TD, and German Green notched a diving interception off of a tipped ball. It was a blowout in favor of the Americans, as they won 47-7 against America’s Hat.

Turner’s 56-yard TD run:

 

Green’s interception:

 

Haskins’s rushing TD:

 

Turner’s second TD:

 

 

19Jan 2018
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2018 International Bowl

Hassan Haskins

The 2018 International Bowl is taking place between Canada and the U.S. this evening at 9:00 p.m. EST.

Here’s a list of Michigan offerees participating in the game, including some Michigan commits:

UNITED STATES
Brian Asamoah – LB – OH (Oklahoma)
Isaiah Bolden – CB – FL (Florida State)
Jacob Copeland – WR – FL
Austin Fontaine – DT – MD
Gemon Green – CB – TX (Michigan)
German Green – S – TX (Michigan)
Hassan Haskins – RB – MO (Michigan)
Aeneas Hawkins – DT – OH
Teradja Mitchell – LB – VA (Ohio State)
Luke Schoonmaker – TE – CT (Michigan)
Dillon Spalding – WR – VA (West Virginia)
Tavion Thomas – RB – OH (Oklahoma)
Christian Turner – RB – GA (Michigan)

CANADA
None

Here’s a list of past Michigan participants in the International Bowl (LINK).

20Dec 2017
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Who’s signing a National Letter of Intent today?

Joe Milton (image via 247 Sports)

For a quick reference, here’s a list of players who are signing their National Letter of Intent on the early signing day, which is December 20. This is the first year for an early signing period for college football players, so it will be interesting to see how many players around the country sign now, and how many of them carry it out until the beginning of February or longer.

SIGNING ON DECEMBER 20, 2017

  • QB Joe Milton – SIGNED
  • RB Hassan Haskins – SIGNED
  • RB Christian Turner – SIGNED
  • FB Ben VanSumeren – SIGNED
  • TE Mustapha Muhammad – SIGNED
  • TE Luke Schoonmaker – SIGNED
  • OT Ryan Hayes – SIGNED
  • OT Jalen Mayfield – SIGNED
  • DE Aidan Hutchinson – SIGNED
  • DE Taylor Upshaw – SIGNED
  • DE Julius Welschof – SIGNED
  • LB Cameron McGrone – SIGNED
  • DB Sammy Faustin – SIGNED
  • DB Gemon Green – SIGNED
  • DB German Green – SIGNED
  • DB Myles Sims – SIGNED

NOT SIGNING YET

  • QB Kevin Doyle
  • WR Ronnie Bell
  • LB Otis Reese
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