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DJ Turner looks to become Maryland football’s next great slot receiver

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Profiles in Terpage rolls on with a prime candidate for a breakout year.

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Profiles in Terpage is back for 2017. Last week, we focused on running backs; this week, we’re looking at all of Maryland’s receivers.

DJ Turner, WR, No. 10

Height: 5’9
Weight: 200 pounds
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Glenarden, Maryland
High school: DeMatha Catholic

How he got to College Park

Turner committed early on in the 2016 cycle, even before the Class of 2015 had officially signed their National Letters of Intent. As one of four DeMatha standouts to sign with Maryland, he was an integral part of the 2016 version of “The Movement.” His senior season was cut short by a gruesome leg injury, but the Terps honored their scholarship offer, and he stuck with his commitment.

Career highlight

Turner only registered two catches for 19 yards during his freshman season, but was an outstanding performer in Maryland’s spring game. With time winding down in the fourth quarter, Turner effectively sealed the deal for the offensive team, catching his sixth ball of the day and turning it into a 53-yard gain.

2017 prospectus

Beyond D.J. Moore, the receivers depth chart is wide open. Turner will earn his playing time as a slot receiver, running slants and drag routes to attack the middle of the defense. The good news for him is that there really isn’t anybody ahead of him in the slot. Jacquille Veii could give him a run for his money, and will surely see snaps, but he hasn’t played FBS football since 2014. Incoming all-purpose back Anthony McFarland could see some time in the slot as well, but it remains to be seen exactly how he’ll fit into the offense. Turner’s lack of experience could work against him, but as long as he performs well in fall camp, it shouldn’t matter much—the best players will play.

Dream season

Turner builds off his spring game performance throughout the summer and fall and seizes the starting job heading into Week 1 against Texas. He continues to play at a high level all season, making timely catches that extend drives and even scores a handful of touchdowns. His play secures the starting slot position and he sees first-team snaps throughout the year.

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