TCU Football got some help in the defensive trenches this weekend, as former Golden Knight Kenny Turnier announced he would be transferring to TCU to finish his collegiate career.
Turnier’s journey has been an eventful one; the Miami native originally committed to Oregon State as a tight end, but transferred to Ventura College in Southern California after tearing his ACL as a freshman with the Beavers. He switched to defense at Ventura, recording 58 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and an interception for the Pirates, good enough to get him back on the NCAA radar and an offer from UCF and others.
All of this despite having just one year of high school football under his belt.
At UCF, Turnier flashed a ton of potential, appearing in six games as a redshirt sophomore and all 13 the following season, when he racked up 42 tackles — including 13.5 for a loss — and three and a half sacks. In the first five games of the 2020 season, he was on pace to eclipse those marks with 12 tackles and 7.5 TFLs, plus a salty four sacks.
Then, in November, he was removed from the program.
Turnier committed no crime and does not appear to be, in any way, a character risk. He was kicked off the team for his actions during the arrest of teammate Antwan Collier, who was pulled over for driving recklessly and found to be using a suspended license and carrying a concealed firearm (which he claimed to have a permit for). Turnier and teammate Randy Charlton were both present during the arrest and responded by using aggressive language toward the police officers, which ultimately got them removed from the team.
Turnier apologized for his actions in a note on twitter:
Listening to people around the UCF program, Turnier seems to be well-liked and respected, and his removal was a very unpopular move. There aren’t any red flags around the kid other than this one incident, which really seems to be a “frustration in the heat of the moment” thing. In fact, he graduated just last week from UCF, and with degree in hand, will be immediately eligible at TCU.
He will get a clean slate at TCU, where he has a chance to be an impact player immediately on the defensive front. With the emergence of Khari Coleman and Ochaun Mathis at the defensive end positions, and the expected return of Corey Bethley from injury next fall, it’s a strong group for the Frogs. Turnier will compete for PT with returners Bethley, Terrell Cooper, Earl Barquet, George Ellis, and Soni Misi. Additionally, true freshmen Jaquaze Sorrells and Patrick Jenkins have tons of potential.
Welcome to the Frog fam, Kenny!