Turner Tabbed As New O-Line Coach

Jim Turner has been announced as the new Offensive Line coach at Texas Tech.

One of the major questions since the firing of Texas Tech offensive line coach Matt Moore on December 12 was who would replace him.

Well only a couple of days removed, Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville has announced the hiring of former Texas A&M assistant coach Jim Turner.

Turner has spent the past four seasons down in College Station working for Mike Sherman, who is also looking for a job since his firing, and produced one of the top offensive lines in the nation.

"Jim (Turner) is an excellent coach and we are fortunate to have him on our staff," said Tuberville in a news release.  "The job he did at Texas A&M is exactly why we wanted him on board.  They gave up fewer sacks than anyone in the country and in this offense, the line is critical to your success."

This past season the Aggies allowed the fewest sacks in the country, eight, and also helped out the running game giving them the 21st ranked running attack.

Turner is not a rookie in the coaching ranks considering he has been on the sidelines since coaching the Northeastern offensive line in 1994.

After his four-year stint at Northeastern, Turner spent time at Louisiana Tech, Harvard, Temple, Delaware and Boston College before taking over the offensive line at Texas A&M.

In every coaching stop after Northeastern, Turner served as the team's offensive line coach and he got quality results at every stop.

While at Delaware, his offensive line only allowed 13 sacks on the season, and while at Louisiana Tech in 566 pass attempts only 18 sacks were allowed.

Turner comes from Texas A&M, where his offensive line ranked No.1 in the country in sacks allowed, to Tech where the Red Raiders ranked No.44 allowing 19 sacks this past season.

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