(MCT) — Northern Illinois had one of the most prolific offenses in the country last season. But if the Huskies learned anything during their Orange Bowl loss to Florida State, it was that you can never have too many playmakers.
When the Seminoles clamped down on Huskies quarterback Jordan Lynch, the other offensive options were not effective enough to defeat an elite opponent.
NIU coach Rod Carey hopes he has added significant speed and explosiveness at the skill positions to provide more offensive weapons.
Aregeros "Ducee" Turner from Copley, Ohio, could become that key additional weapon.
"He's the guy who can line up in the backfield, in the slot, as a wide receiver. You just want to get this guy the ball," Carey said. "You see that on film. He has great speed. He has great elusiveness."
Turner had developed a close relationship with Cincinnati running backs coach Roy Manning when the Bearcats recruited him, according to Turner's high school coach Ron Viscounte. When Manning left to take a job as an assistant at NIU, Turner decided to give the Huskies a look.
"He is not all flash; he plays with some toughness too," Viscounte said. "For us he ran the ball between the tackles, also. But I would imagine (NIU) will use him on the edge more and use his speed."