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Q&A With Calvin Turner: Hawaii Career, Playing Multiple Positions, Shrine Bowl Experience

Calvin Turner runs the football.

HONOLULU, HI - NOVEMBER 6: Calvin Turner Jr. #7 of the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors runs the ball during the first half of an NCAA football game against the San Diego State Aztecs at the Clarance T.C. Ching Athletic Complex on November 6, 2021 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)

If an NFL team is in need of versatile playmaker this offseason, it should have Calvin Turner Jr. on its radar.

Before he made his way to Hawaii, Turner was actually a dual-threat quarterback and defensive back at Jacksonville University. He transferred to Hawaii after the 2019 season.

Over the course of his Hawaii career, Turner lined up at running back, wide receiver and wildcat quarterback. He also returned kickoffs and punts for his team.

In two seasons with the program, Turner had 1,422 receiving yards, 647 rushing yards, 609 kickoff return yards and 23 total touchdowns. After the 2021 season was over, he received an invite to the East-West Shrine Bowl.

We caught up with Calvin Turner to discuss his unique skillset, time at Hawaii, future in the NFL and much more.

The Spun: How has this draft process been for you?

Calvin Turner: It’s been really good. I found a good facility where I’m able to focus on my pro day and things like that.

The Spun: What was your experience like at the Shrine Bowl?

CT: That was a really fun experience competing against guys from all around the country. It was a big event for me and my draft stock.

The Spun: We’ve seen you dominate at running back. We’ve seen you excel at wide receiver. We’ve also see you return kicks. How much of an advantage do you believe that gives you going to the next level?

CT: I feel like it helps my chances of making the team because there are so many different things I can do. If one position doesn’t work for me in the NFL, I can try something else.

The Spun: Which do you enjoy most out of the three?

CT: I feel like I love all three positions, but I do prefer playing wide receiver more than anything. I’m ready to play any position at the next level though.

The Spun: Which wide receivers do you like to study on film?

CT: I watch a lot of Odell Beckham and Antonio Brown. They have similar body types. I like to watch Davante Adams and Stefon Diggs as well. I feel like Davante Adams has the best release in the game. I can learn a lot from watching him play.

The Spun: Do you have a favorite moment from your time at Hawaii?

CT: Most definitely. We played Fresno State at home and they were the No. 18 ranked team at the time. I caught a touchdown that tied the game for us. And then later on, we kicked a game-winning field goal. It was a big moment for our team. It was the first time we beat a ranked team in like 10 years. It was a moment I’ll never forget.

The Spun: What’s one area of your game you’re putting extra time into?

CT: I’m still somewhat new to the wide receiver position so I’m working on the nuances of route running and catching the ball.

The Spun: What’s the best part of your game?

CT: I’d say making people miss in the open field. I feel like I’m really good at turning a five-yard gain into a 20-yard gain.

The Spun: What do you want to show at your pro day?

CT: I’d say my speed. I feel like a lot of people are skeptical of my speed, but I feel like I’m going to run fast. I also need to run crisp routes in front of scouts.

The Spun: Would you want to attempt a pass at some point in the NFL?

CT: I played quarterback for two years in college so I feel like I can help the team with trick plays and things of that sort.

The Spun: What do you think your mindset will be heading into training camp?

CT: I’m open to playing any role they want me to. The season Deebo Samuel just had helps me out because he proved he can fill so many roles. I feel like that should help my draft stock because I’m open to anything. I’ll play running back or wide receiver, I’ll return kicks, I’ll return punts, and I’m willing to play quarterback for wildcat packages.

The Spun: What is an NFL team getting in Calvin Turner?

CT: You’re getting somebody who is smart, hard-working and will do whatever he has to do to win.

If Turner lands in the right system, he could be a dynamic player for years to come.

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