Dakota Turner
Dakota  Turner


Mililani, Hawaii

High School:
Mililani High

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 250

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  • 2017 SDSU Defensive Lineman of the Year

    Physical, athletic body, who made the move from linebacker to defensive line in the spring of 2014 ... Worked up to the backup spot at right defensive end after spring drills, where he remained over the 2014 season and in 2015 ... Then moved to fullback in the 2016 fall camp, where he started the first three games, before moving back to defensive line at South Alabama ... Was listed as the starting right defensive end heading into the 2017 campaign, but suffered severe damage to his knee in the fall scrimmage on Aug. 19 ... Returned to play Sept. 30 vs. Northern Illinois despite being thought lost for the season.

    SENIOR SEASON (2017)
    Was named the team’s Defensive Lineman of the Year ... Played in nine games with five starts, making 14 tackles (five solo), including 1.5 tackles for loss, a 7-yard sack, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup ... Missed the first four games of the season - vs. UC Davis, at Arizona State, vs. No. 19/19 Stanford and at Air Force - with a knee injury, suffered at the team’s fall scrimmage on Aug. 19 ... Made his return against Northern Illinois and had two tackles (one solo) in 36 snaps (according to Pro Football Focus) ... Had two tackles (one solo), including a 7-yard sack (and TFL) in 11 snaps at UNLV ... Did not record a stat in playing time against Boise State and vs. Fresno State ... Earned his first career start on defense (and fourth overall) at defensive end at Hawai’i, making three tackles (two solo) and adding a PBU ... Started again at San José State and had three stops (one solo) ... Recovered a fumble in a start at Nevada without recording another stat ... Had three assisted tackles, including 0.5 tackles for loss in a start on Senior Day against New Mexico ... Made one solo stop against Army West Point in the Armed Forces Bowl.

    JUNIOR SEASON (2016)
    Started the first three games at fullback before switching to defensive end for the final 11 ... Had not found the stat sheet except for a tackle on special teams before switching positions ... Finished with 40 tackles total on the year, five tackles for loss, two sacks, a forced fumble, two pass breakups and five quarterback hurries ... Earned his first career start in his first-ever game on the offensive side of the ball when he started at fullback in the opener vs. New Hampshire ... Did not record a stat ... Also started vs. California, but did not find the stat sheet ... Logged a special teams tackle at Northern Illinois while starting at fullback for a third straight game ... Played for the first time of the season at defensive end at South Alabama, making a career-high seven tackles off the bench. ... Appeared in his second game at defensive end, recording his first career pass breakup and a adding a quarterback hurry ... Registered four tackles, including a tackle for loss, off the bench at Fresno State ... Came up with four tackles (all solo) and a 9-yard sack (and tackle for loss) ... It was his the first sack of his career ... Had a good all-around game at Utah State, making four tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, a 4-yard sack and a forced fumble ... The 1.5 tackles for loss were a season high, while the forced fumble was the first of his career ... Registered an assisted tackle and two quarterback hurries in extensive time off the bench vs. Hawai'i ... Made three stops (one solo) with 0.5 tackles for loss and a quarterback hurry at Nevada ... Tied a career high with seven tackles off the bench at Wyoming, while adding a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry ... Had three tackles (two solo) off the bench against Colorado State ... Registered two assisted stops in a reserve role at Wyoming in the MW Championship game ... Came up with four tackles (two solo) and a 3-yard tackle for loss vs. Houston in the Las Vegas Bowl.

    Had 15 tackles, four tackles for loss and a quarterback hurry on the season in just six games off the bench ... Came up with two assisted tackles off the bench against San Diego in the opener ... Also added a quarterback hurry ... Had four tackles (two solo) in a reserve role at California ... Had arguably the best game of his career vs. South Alabama, setting career highs in tackles (six) and tackles for loss (2.0) ... Came up with an assisted tackle at Penn State in a reserve role ... Made two tackles - both solo and for a loss - vs. Fresno State ... The two tackles for loss matched a career best ... Logged snaps at Hawai`i, including time on special teams, before injuring his left knee and being forced to miss the rest of the season ... Those games included MW contests at San José State, vs. Utah State, at Colorado State, vs. Wyoming, at UNLV and against Nevada, as well as the MW Championship game vs. Air Force and the Hawai`i Bowl vs. Cincinnati.

    Logged his first career snaps in his second season at SDSU ... Had 18 tackles (14 solo), including 2.5 TFL, two sacks and four quarterback hurries in 12 games on the season ... Played in the opener vs. Northern Arizona, but did not record a stat ... Was on the travel squad, but did not play at No. 21/23 North Carolina ... Made his first career tackle, a solo stop, off the bench at Oregon State ... Had a breakout game against UNLV, making two solo stops and his first career sack (and TFL) ... Also had a quarterback hurry ... Had a career-high three stops (all solo) and a quarterback hurry at Fresno State ... Had another good outing at New Mexico, making one tackle, which was a 5-yard sack (and TFL) ... Came up with one tackle off the pine against Hawai`i ... Finished with another solo stop at Nevada in a reserve role ... Tied a career high with three tackles (two solo) off the bench against Idaho with a quarterback hurry ... Made three stops (two solo) and 0.5 TFL at Boise State in another game off the bench ... Also added a quarterback hurry ... Logged snaps against Air Force without finding the stat sheet ... Tied a career high with three tackles (one solo) off the bench against San José State ... Came off the bench vs. Navy in the Poinsettia Bowl, but was left off the stat sheet.

    Redshirted his first season on The Mesa.

    Was recruited as a linebacker after also playing as a defensive end and tight end at Mililani High ... Helped the Trojans to a 10-3 record, including a 5-1 league mark as a senior in 2012 ... Was a first-team all-state pick as a senior ... A first-team all-league pick as a senior and second-team selection in 2011 ... Also an honorable mention all-Hawaii pick ... Was named to the Department of Defense All-America Team in 2011 ... Picked for the ESPN All-Hawaii team in 2011 ... A three-star recruit by Scout.com, ESPN and 247Sports.com ... Received an 80 grade by 247Sports, and was ranked as the 73rd-best tight end in the country and eighth out of all Hawaii recruits (regardless of position) ... Was ranked the 83rd-best defensive end by Scout ... Got a scout grade of 72 by ESPN and was listed as the 10th-best recruit in Hawaii ... Rivals had him as the ninth-best recruit in Hawaii.

    Dakota Justice Turner was born March 5, 1995, in Camp Lejeune, N.C. ... Son of Larry and Diane Turner ... Also got offers from Army and Weber State, and was shown interest by Arizona State, Colorado, Hawai'i, Nevada, New Mexico State, Oregon, SMU, Utah State, Vanderbilt, Washington and Washington State ... Is majoring in social science.

    Tackles: 7 at Wyoming (11/19/16), at South Alabama (10/1/16)
    Tackles For Loss: 2.0 vs. Fresno State (10/3/15), vs. South Alabama (9/19/15)
    Sacks: 1.0, five times
    Pass Breakups: 1 at Wyoming (11/19/16), vs. UNLV (10/8/16)
    Forced Fumbles: 1 at Utah State (10/28/16)
    Fumble Recoveries: 1 vs. Nevada (11/18/17)

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