Key Mathcup - WR Turner vs CB Franks

In December of 2005, Stanley Franks transferred to Idaho from Long Beach City College as a very promising wide receiver prospect. Saturday, he'll line up against one of the best wide receivers in the entire country as a defensive back.

WR Patrick Turner vs. CB Stanley Franks

Stanley Franks CB 5-11, 167, Sr.

In December of 2005, Stanley Franks transferred to Idaho from Long Beach City College as a very promising wide receiver prospect. When Franks arrived in Moscow, Idaho, the Vandals coaching staff immediately switched him from a wide receiver to a corner back and he became an instant impact player.

In 2006, Stanley Franks started at cornerback and quickly emerged as the Vandals best defensive back. Franks is a true ball hawk. Last year he led the nation with nine interceptions. Franks received first team All-WAC honors and was a SI.com honorable mention All-American.

Patrick Turner WR 6-5, 220, Jr.

Patrick Turner was the top rated wide receiver in the 2005 recruiting class according to Scout.com. Coming out of Tennessee, Turner spurned the SEC schools and decided to head out west and play for the high powered USC Trojans.

Since arriving on campus, Turner has quietly waited for his turn behind Dwayne Jarrett and Steve Smith. With Jarrett and Smith headed to the NFL, 2007 is the year for Patrick Turner to become the Trojans go-to-guy.

In 2006 while backing up All-American Dwayne Jarrett, Patrick Turner showed glimpses of his big time potential. Against the Washington Huskies, Turner started in place of the injured Dwayne Jarrett and led the Trojans with 12 catches for 116 yards and a touchdown. On the year Turner had 29 catches for 272 yards and 2 touchdowns.

With opportunity to start in 2007, Patrick Turner appears ready to become another terrific Trojan receiver in the mold of Dwayne Jarrett and Mike Williams.

Head to Head

The head to head battle between Idaho cornerback Stanley Franks and USC wide receiver Patrick Turner will be the best match up to watch this Saturday.

Patrick Turner has a six inch height advantage over Stanley Franks and should be able to use his big frame to shield the smaller corner in short yardage and red zone situations. On the other hand, Franks is a premiere cover corner and has more game experience than Turner.

Unfortunately for Franks he won't get enough help from his supporting cast to keep Turner contained throughout the game. The lack of pressure that the Vandals defensive line will put on John David Booty, coupled with the Trojans overall advantage in talent should result in a big day for the Trojans passing game.

Look for Patrick Turner to win this head to head battle and lead the Trojans to a big victory over Idaho.


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