SMU's Turner takes advantage of opportunity

One never knows when the chance of a lifetime will present itself. Not only does one have to be aware when it happens, they must take full advantage of the opportunity that is presented to them. That's just what red-shirt freshman Logan Turner did this spring.

One never knows when the chance of a lifetime will present itself.

Not only does one have to be aware when it happens, they must take full advantage of the opportunity when it is presented to them.

That's just what red-shirt freshman Logan Turner did this spring.

The talented signal caller from Springtown Texas got the opportunity of a lifetime this spring, getting the chance to be coached by June Jones. Turner made the most of the chance and came out of spring practice listed as the starting quarterback going into the fall.

"It all happened in a way I didn't expect it to," Turner said. "Without Justin being out there and some of the other guys, I just focused on learning the offense and doing the best I could do to help this team. I had an opportunity and I did my best to take advantage of it."

Turner admits getting all the No. 1 snaps this spring won't hurt his chances going into a four man competition for the job this fall.

"I got all the No.1 snaps," Turner said. "That's huge. Not many quarterbacks in the country get the opportunity that I did. To learn from Coach (Dan) Morrison and Coach Jones and the chance to be the starter is something that doesn't happen everyday."

Turner was like a lot of his other teammates were during the coaching search, uncertain who the Mustangs might get.

"We heard that Paul Johnson was coming from Navy and we were going to run the triple option," Turner laughed. "I wasn't looking forward to that. I was praying that we get a coach that would throw the ball, wow was my prayers answered."

Not only did Turner and the rest of the Mustangs have a coach that likes to throw the ball, they the Guru of the Run and Shoot and an offensive mastermind.

"Coach Jones is so smart," Turner said. "This offense is great. I couldn't be happier with any other coach in the country than the one we got."

Not only was Turner's prayers answered but it was like a dream coming true for the talented signal caller.

"For me it was a dream come true," Turner said. "I love the offense, to have Coach Jones as one of my position coaches is amazing. What we do offensively is such a good fit for me personally. It's pretty exciting to know that I'm going to be a part of this offensive package."

Jones also was pleased with what how Turner learned the offense this spring.

"Logan did a nice job," Jones said. "We threw a lot at him. Physically he can make the throws. He has the physical tools to play D1 football."

Turner admits learning the offense is just one thing the new coaching staff is teaching the young team leader.

"They teach us how to practice," Turner said. "They are teaching us to be a team, the things it takes to get our game to its highest level. They are also teaching us things on and off the field, they are teaching us that we have to have great character and how to be a great leader on and off the field."

While Jones has already said the competition in the fall will be wide open, Turner plans on being ready for anything this fall.

"I'm going to go out there, take everything in and do the best I can do to be the starter come our first game against Rice," Turner said. "Competition is only going to make me better and make this team better. I'm going to keep working hard, everything will work itself out."


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