Scouting Report: Michael Turner

Full Name: Michael Turner School: Northern Illinois

Ht: 5-10.5 Wt 230 40: 4.45 Number 32


Mid-American Offensive Player of the Year and First-Team All-MAC after producing the school's second-best ground-gaining campaign behind 1993 NCAA rushing kingpin LeShon Johnson. Finished with 1482 yards on 285 carries with 11 rushing touchdowns. Also caught 17 passes for 231 yards with three scores.

2001: Second in team rushing with 395 yards on 92 attempts.

The Good: Terrific feature ball carrier effective on the interior between the hashes or outside of tackle. Runs low to the ground, strong in his hips and picks up a lot of yardage off initial contact. Plays with an aggressive style, uses an effective straight arm and works his runs. Displays good first step quickness, slides off defenders and stays on his feet. Agile and fast enough to cut the corner with regularity. Also patient, waits for blocks to develop then follows them. Good vision and finds the running lanes. Gets stronger as the game progresses and takes the important hand-offs deep in the game.

The Bad: Not an elusive ball carrier that creates or makes something out of nothing. Works hard to catch the ball but not a natural receiver. Has some questionable character flaws.

The Skinny: A terrific running back that's carried the load for NIU the past two seasons, Turner is zooming up draft boards after a scorching start to the 2003 campaign. He does a lot of things well and is the type of running back that could effectively be used in a variety of systems at the next level. Turner's performance this season has moved him into the top 45 of next April's draft.

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