Vols need a Rainey

After watching diminutive Florida speedster Chris Rainey frustrate Tennessee's defense Saturday at The Swamp, Vol fans will be glad to know the Big Orange is in hot pursuit of a player cast from the same mold.

The player in question is Aregeros Turner, a 5-10, 170-pounder from Copley (Ohio) High School who projects to be one of the top running back prospects in the Class of 2013. He was offered a scholarship by Tennessee shortly after participating in Derek Dooley's July camp.

A nationally-ranked AAU sprinter who covers 40 yards in 4.4 seconds and 100 meters in 10.8, Turner rushed for more than 200 yards in each of Copley's first two games this fall. He's also being utilized as a receiver out of the backfield, much as Florida utilizes Rainey, who picked up 108 yards on 21 carries Saturday and added another 104 yards on two receptions.

Turner, nicknamed "Deucie," has some ties to the Big Orange that could work in Tennessee's favor. He is friends with freshman wideout DeAnthony Arnett and with Vol commitment Corey Smith, a 3-star receiver from nearby Akron who is currently attending Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College.

Arnett caught eight passes for 59 yards versus Florida and projects to be a key figure going forward as the Vols try to overcome the loss of star receiver Justin Hunter, who suffered a season-ending ACL tear less than six minutes into Saturday's game.

After watching the CBS telecast of the game, Turner told friends he was impressed with Tennessee's performance and believed the outcome would've been a lot different if Hunter hadn't been injured.

"Deucie" has been starting for Copley since the third game of his freshman season. He ran for nearly 1,100 yards that year and added 1,198 yards as a sophomore last fall. Based on his fast start, he may crack the 2,000-yard barrier as a junior this fall.


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