Turner realizes urgency of this spring

ATHENS – Hampered by injuries and a recent arrest, one Bulldog says he has a fire to prove himself this spring.

"Since my freshman year I have been hurt," said Georgia's Michael Turner. "I have constantly had nagging injures – shoulder, ankle."

Another self-inflicted problem for Turner coming into this spring was his arrest in January. The Snellville native was stopped for speeding in Athens and a small amount of marijuana and a smoking pipe were found in his vehicle. As a result head coach Mark Richt suspended him for the team's opening contest against Boise State this September.

Still, Offensive Coordinator Neil Callaway is eager to see what production Turner will have for the program this spring.

"I am anxious to see Michael Turner. I think Michael has a lot of ability to do things to help if he can stay healthy and step up," Callaway said.

Turner is currently listed at three different positions in Georgia's depth chart he is the third string strong tackle, the third string strong guard, and the third string center.

"They all coincide – each position is pretty much the same thing. Once you learn one position the combo blocking is pretty much the same all around," said Turner.

"In a way he is the most versatile offensive lineman we have," said Callaway. "But at the same time he has not been healthy enough to really be much of a contributor. He is a guy, I think, that can play anywhere on the line of scrimmage – we can play him at tackle, guard, or center. We are going to see where he fits in best."

"I really think he wants to see what I have deep down inside and how I can help this team," said Turner of what Callaway will expect from him this spring.

Turner said the mistake he made in January put him on the hot seat, not only with the coaches, but with himself.

"I think the arrest is driving me. It's kind of put a fire under my butt. It taught me not to trust some people. It's gotten me ready to get going," he said.

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