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 ... Is coming off an injured left knee (sprained MCL, torn ACL) at Hawai‘i on Oct. 10, 2015 ... Is listed as the backup to senior Kyle Kelley heading into the 2016 campaign.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2015)
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.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2014)
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.
REDSHIRT SEASON (2013)
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: 6 vs. South Alabama (9/19/15)
Tackles For Loss: 2.0 vs. Fresno State (10/3/15), vs. South Alabama (9/19/15)
Sacks: 1.0 at New Mexico (10/10/14), vs. UNLV (9/27/14)