Spring Breakout Players: No. 10

As we prepare for the start of Spring Football next week, we take a look at some of the breakout players who have a chance to emerge this spring with a good month or so of work. Today we start off with number 10 on our list, DL Damion Turpin, a redshirt freshman who has a chance to earn some playing time this fall...

Background: Turpin prepped at Dominguez High School in Compton, California. He was offered by most of the Pac 12 as well as some Big 12 and ACC schools, but Washington did a great job of recruiting him as well as his teammate Brandon Beaver. Turpin committed to the Huskies in early December and then held firm as schools put a heavy push on him late the process. He had a solid senior season for the Dons, helped lead them to the San Gabriel Valley League title and the first round of the CIF Southern Section Western Division playoffs by posting 48 tackles and eight sacks.

Why Turpin?: When he arrived, like most freshmen, Turpin needed to get into the weight room and drop some bad weight so that he could then add some muscle to his frame. He showed up at Washington measuring in at 6'1" and weighing 256 pounds. Word is he's been hard at work this offseason, and he could wind up being a real asset either inside or outside, depending on his situation. Turpin has long arms and he's got enough quickness to play outside, but depending on how much size he's been able to add this offseason, he could push for playing time inside this fall. The Huskies have very little in the way of depth inside

The Competition: Danny Shelton is set as the nose tackle, but who plays next to him will be up for grabs now that Semisi Tokolahi has graduated. Turpin will be right in the midst of the competition for that spot along with the likes of Sione Potoae, Josh Banks and Taniela Tupou. Two of those players (Potoae and Tupou) have been in the system longer than Turpin, while Banks arrived last summer along with him, so Turpin has just as much of a chance as anyone to step up and grab some playing time with a good spring. With the talent from the 2013 class that will arrive this summer, Turpin will definitely see an uptick in the competition level and as such, this spring would be a great time for him to step up his game and give the coaches every reason to keep him on the field once fall arrives.

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