Name: Aaron Turner
School: Western Oregon
Q: What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
My individual goals for myself were to get bigger, faster, and stronger. I also wanted to get all conference recognition as well as linemen of the year in our conference. Most importantly I wanted our team to win our conference and move onto the playoffs. I made all conference for the second time in the past three seasons, but despite not earning offensive linemen of the year and not making the playoffs this season we were able to become conference champions for the first time since we joined the GNAC conference 18 years ago. We broke many of school records throughout the season as well as earn a conference championship in the process. It really changed the culture and the future of our program.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
My coaches and teammates say that I am a hard worker, very aggressive with a high motor, I go through the whistle and play the game with passion.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on to improve your game?
When studying other opponents I watch their tendencies on their best moves and strengths. I also take note on their weakness. Throughout film I write down which moves they do constantly and how fast they move on the snap. I transition that stuff to practice so I can get a upper hand in during the week in preparation for Saturday’s. For studying practice film I watch all of my mistakes over and over again, whether if it’s a drill or team scrimmage I always want to do better and take note of it so that I can work on it throughout the week. When I’m not studying film for practice or games I like to watch some NFL film of offensive tackles like Anthony Muniz of the Cincinnati Bengals or Jonathan Ogden for the Baltimore Ravens and other hall of fame tackles.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
The three things that separate me from other prospects are my preparation, my mentality, and my playmaking ability. I prepare myself on the practice field, in the film room, and in the weight room to be ready for any game situations.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
My plan is to continue to train to get bigger, faster, and stronger in the weight room and on the field. And I plan to continue to work on field work. I will work on whatever it takes to better myself for the next.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
I will bring my everything to the field whether if I make a mistake I will do it going full speed until the whistle blows.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL or any other pro leagues?
Given my size, I have been doubted, but I take that as fuel and motivation to get better. Through hard work and dedication, I plan to continue to do my best at every obstacle that comes my way and no matter what happens I will do my best. I have a will to win in everything I do and am willing to sacrifice and do whatever it takes to help any team win.