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March 11, 2013After spending three seasons on the Stanford coaching staff, Morgan Turner thought that his time on The Farm had come to a close. In January, Turner accepted a job at Florida International, where Morgan's father, Ron, is the head coach.
But after Ron Crook's sudden departure to West Virginia, Turner had a change of plans.
"It was very crazy, about a month total," Turner said. "I went, got a condo in Miami. I was all set up, moved in. Then I got the call and flew out the day after I got the call and started spring ball the day after that."
Turner earned a crack at a position coaching job after spending three years on Stanford's staff. In 2010, he was a strength and conditioning intern. In 2011 and 2012, Turner technically held the generic title of "offensive assistant," but worked closely with the run game.
"I worked closely with the tight ends and o-line," Turner said "I did a lot of the run game pictures and protections, so I was in the run game meetings, game plan meetings. Going over with (Coach Mike Bloomgren) and Coach Crook just all of the game plan, drawings, all that stuff. I got to hear both sides. O-line play and the tight end play with both of them."
Now that he is the full-time tight ends coach, Turner will be tasked with mentoring a group that lost two premier tight ends to the NFL. Cardinal Sports Report spoke to Turner over the weekend and asked him to evaluate all of the tight ends currently on the roster.
Kaumatule says . "I just need to get all of my steps down in the blocking perspective and also understanding key concepts in the passing game as well. There's always something I can get better at and improve at."
Dudchock says "I'd say (an area I could improve) for me mainly focusing on straining to finish blocks and working on my targets and assignments," Dudchock said. "(Straining is) more really driving through and having good knee bend and leg drive and getting a lot of displacement. Moving a man against his will. That's something I could definitely improve on."
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