A.J. Turman: G-Day Star Needed for TaxSlayer Bowl

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A.J. Turman: G-Day Star Needed for TaxSlayer Bowl

Running back A.J. Turman, Defensive back Johnathan Abram
(Photo by Richard Morand)


In the wake of G-Day 2015 A.J. Turman was a rising star. National publications like USAToday pegged him as a player to watch heading into the season.


Turman was the leading rusher last G-Day and in the practice scrimmage before that. To say he ended spring practice on a high note is an understatement. A.J. appeared ready to match the potential that earned a four-star ranking his senior year at Boone High School in Orlando. It should be remembered, however, that Nick Chubb was intentionally limited in spring, and neither Sony Michel nor Keith Marshall was available due to injury. That being said, Turman rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns on 26 attempts against Jeremy Pruitt’s defense.


Here is the last media sighting of A.J. during summer practice 2015.



When the season started, there was no sign of Turman. Richt was asked about Turman as few months ago, and he replied, “He’s healthy, he’s been working really hard. And he’s been giving us a pretty good look on the scout team lately.” Something is missing in the Turman story. He filled in admirably for missing backs in spring but by fall, even though healthy, he could not get on the field.


Interim head coach Bryan McClendon indicate yesterday that Turman could be in position for an expanded role as the TaxSlayer Bowl approaches. McClendon answered, “Absolutely” when asked yesterday about such a possibility for A.J. As a red-shirt sophomore it is time for him to assert himself – if he gets off the bench.

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Greg is closing in on 15 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.