"Underutilized" is often a term used to describe many, if not all, of the players who elect to enter the transfer portal. For Wake Forest running back Christian Turner, much of his college football career has been defined in this manner.
In his first two years with the Michigan Wolverines, Turner played in 11 games and accumulated 295 total yards and a touchdown. After opting out of the 2020 season due to concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic, Turner found a new home with Wake Forest, where he played a big role in their offense from day 1. In his two years with the Demon Deacons, Turner registered 1,022 rushing yards with 13 total touchdowns while averaging over 4 yards per carry.
With one year left of eligibility remaining as a graduate transfer, Turner entered the transfer portal on December 5th. As is the case with many of the players in his situation, Turner is likely looking for an opportunity to fulfill his full potential with a new team.
In the case of Turner, however, there is reason to believe that he has untapped star potential.
As part of his transfer portal campaign, Turner released a highlight reel of himself during his time with the Demon Deacons. What stands out immediately, aside from his speed, is his balance and ability to gain a substantial amount of yards after contact using his 5'9, 200-pound frame.
In many ways, his running style is reminiscent of another former Demon Deacon who once entered the transfer portal almost two years ago, namely Kenneth Walker III. Walker III would transfer to Michigan State in 2021 and blossom into the top running back in the nation, winning both the Walter Camp and Doak Walker Awards that season.
Turner will likely not be short of offers from programs looking to boost their offense. If given the chance to realize his full potential, college football may have its next star on the horizon.