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#31 A.J. Turner
Position: LB
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 210
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Lepanto, Ark.
High School: East Poinsett County HS
Experience: 1 Letter
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A.J. Turner Bio
Courtesy: Athletic Communications
Release: 07/12/2012

2012: Turner appeared in all 12 games and started the final six games of his true freshman campaign. He was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team after recording 53 tackles, the fifth-highest total among Razorbacks, including 3.5 for loss with 1.0 sack. He recorded a career-high 12 tackles, with a career-high 1.5 for loss, in the season finale vs. No. 8 LSU. He made 10 tackles vs. Ole Miss in his second career start. He made his collegiate debut in the season-opening 49-24 victory vs. Jacksonville State and had one tackle. He made seven tackles at Texas A&M and had five tackles in his first start, a 49-7 win vs. Kentucky. He registered seven tackles, with 1.0 for loss, in the 19-15 win vs. Tulsa. He had six tackles, including 1.0 sack, at No. 12 South Carolina and made five stops at Mississippi State.

HIGH SCHOOL: Turner was the No. 2-ranked player in Arkansas and the 33rd-ranked outside linebacker in the nation by 247Sports.com, the No. 4-ranked player in the state and 47th-ranked outside linebacker in the country by Rivals.com and the 35th-rated outside linebacker by Scout.com. As a two-way player for East Poinsett County, he made his mark on both sides of the ball and was named to the Arkansas Super Team by the Associated Press at linebacker. He collected 205 tackles, including 30 in one game, with 24 tackles for loss, six forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and one interception in 2011 as the Warriors advanced to the 2A state semifinals and finished the season 11-1. In his junior season, he made 171 tackles, 28 for loss, forced five fumbles and intercepted one pass in addition to scoring 21 touchdowns on offense. He caught 30 passes for 670 yards and 11 touchdowns and gained 457 yards and 10 touchdowns on 63 rushes as East Poinsett County played into the second round of the state playoffs. He also played basketball and helped the Warriors win the state championship in 2011. He was coached at East Poinsett County by Brian Weathers. Turner was one of the first commitments for the class of 2012 and chose the Razorbacks over Ole Miss, among others.

PERSONAL: Born April 14, 1994, he is the son of Tammy Turner.


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