Defensive lineman Byron Turner Jr. was one of five true freshman who were introduced to the the media on Thursday. The New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine High School product answered questions on his adjustment to FSU’s off-season workout program, where his focus is regarding NIL legislation and whether he believes he can contribute on Saturdays this season.
“So far coming into Florida State, it has been very good,” said Turner of his experience so far in Tallahassee and working with FSU strength coach Josh Storms. “Been treated nice, properly. Just been enjoying myself since I’ve been here, working with the players and getting to work with Coach Storms. Coach Storms, he is a great guy, great coach. I appreciate everything he is doing for me right now. He is helping me out a lot in the weight room, gaining weight and stuff, getting me to my goals.”
Turner measured in at 6-foot-4 and 227 pounds upon arrival in early June but says he and Storms are trying to add some size to his frame prior to the start of fall camp in August.
“Going into the season I’d like to be at 250-255, in that area,” said Turner. “I’m close to it right now.”
One of the reasons Turner would like to add over 20 pounds prior to the start of fall camp is so that he can try and contribute as a true freshman.
“Yeah, I believe so,” answered Turner when asked if he felt he was physically ready to compete this season.
Something else that may speed up his learning curve is the instruction he has received from FSU’s upperclassmen on the defensive front.
“The whole defensive line corps since I’ve been here, everybody has been teaching me little techniques, telling me just what I can do better, correcting the little things that I’m doing wrong,” said Turner. “So basically they’ve been telling me little things like keep my hands closer, keep them active, stay tight with everything in my movements and stuff like that.”
The practice field and the weight room will be Turner’s primary focus in football this season.
“Right now I’m not really focused on that,” answered Turner when asked how he intended to benefit from the new name, image and likeness legislation. “My main focus is just getting on the field, being able to play this year. The NIL stuff is just going to come whenever it comes.”
He also believes the 2021 recruiting class is building a strong bond in its first summer on-campus.
“Yeah, I feel like we are pretty close,” said Turner when asked how the incoming freshman class was coming together. “We all have got one goal right now and that is winning a Natty. We are looking forward to getting on the field, working hard, competing with each other, competing with the team. We are just ready to ball.”