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Beyond the Box Score: DJ Turner, One-Hit Wonder?



For our PSN Die-Hards, we go beyond the box score with play tracking, analysis, depth charts and participation from each Pitt football game.

D.J. Turner’s meteoric rise from training camp filler to the reigning ACC Wide Receiver of the Week has been awfully impressive.

The graduate transfer from Maryland joined Pitt late in training camp and didn’t have a lot of time to carve out a role in an already crowded and talented Pitt receivers room.

Turner settled in as a kick returner and the second option in the slot behind stellar freshman Jordan Addison. Twice this season when Addison has been unavailable, Turner as turned up the heat.

Against NC State on Oct. 3, he hauled in eight passes for 186 yards after Addison left the game with a first-half injury. With Addison on the sidelines from the get-go on Saturday, Turner torched Virginia Tech for 15 catches for 185 yards and a touchdown. That’s one catch off the Pitt record.

Turner’s season is turning into one of the more bizarre ones in recent Pitt history. In nine games, he’s brought in 36 passes for 520 yards, and he’s closing in on an odd type of Pitt record.

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