January 17, 2013

Turman welcomes opportunity

With Ken Malcome's decision to transfer, incoming freshman A.J. Turman knows there's one thing he can count on for the Bulldogs this fall - he's going to play.

Georgia's announcement about Malcome Wednesday leaves the Bulldogs with just three scholarship running backs heading into spring practice, a somewhat precarious position to be sure.

, however, is confident he'll be able to do his part.

"There were a lot of rumors going around that he (Malcome) was going to transfer," Turman said. "I think now that I'll get more playing time, but I've still got to work work hard and push myself to reach my full potential on the field."

Turman is making sure he'll be ready to go once he arrives on campus in early June.

According to the 6-foot, 205-pounder, he's working daily with personal trainer Thomas Sapp, who has given Turman a regiment of lifting and running he feels will have him ready.

He said he's actually been ready to get to Athens for a while.

"Really, last year I went to Georgia and I fell in love with it. I decided to check other schools out and everything, though," said Turman. "Plus my position coach, Coach (Bryan) McClendon. He's a great guy and I love him to death. I'm glad I got to meet him."

Even if Malcome had stayed, Turman said his approach to getting ready for the fall would be the same.

The Rivals250 standout visited Athens when the Bulldogs took on Ole Miss, and decided shortly after that visit that he was ready to announce where he would attend college.

Watching what the Bulldogs were able to do on offense opened his eyes as well.

"That is the best offense I've ever seen," he said. "I can't wait to be a part of it."

Turman is confident he'll be ready, noting that playing his high school football in the state of Florida has prepared him for the challenge that awaits.

"I think there is no better place to play football," said Turman. "I believe if you can play football in Florida, you can play anywhere. I think it prepared me and I'm ready to work hard to get to that level and play SEC football."