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Isaac "Wheels" Turner. Photo Credit: James D. Fugate for the "Jackson Times-Voice"

‘Wheels’ Turner ’24 prospect, among the most versatile talents in the Kentucky Appalachias

At KPGFootball, we believe there is a place, even at the college level, for Isaac “Wheels” Turner. He’s never going to win the swim suit competition; but he’s a bone fide, fantastic football player who has a multi-faceted, treasure trove of skills any coach would love to have at his disposal, especially coming from just one player. All of that being said, he’s a Friday night, high-school football super-star. Under the bright lights, in a packed house, on a small town football game night he finds his sanctuary…his place. Enjoy this article about one of the very finest football players in the Kentucky Appalachias and, just think, we have him for another season after this one!

Fletcher W. Long, KPGFootball Senior Scout

Isaac “Wheels” Turner is five-foot nothing and weighs one hundred and nothing. He isn’t any bigger than a hiccup as people in the mountains often remark.

Wheels, Photo: James Fugate

Of course, the great Archie Mason Griffin wasn’t very big either. Griffin was generously listed as 5’9″ and 185-pounds, though there are those who swore him to be even smaller.

Griffin’s lack of size never stopped him from doing whatever he wanted on a football field. It didn’t prevent his being the first, and only, two-time, Heisman winner in college football history; taking home the trophy in 1974 & 1975.

It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.

Archie Griffin, Ohio State RB

Griffin was fond of saying something which equally applies to Wheels. “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.” Amen, Archie…Amen!

Turner is so much the walking manifestation of that sentiment. In his team’s first five games, the diminutive Wheels Turner, who (by the way) is called “Wheels” because he’s so quick and elusive he is hard to tackle in a phone booth (for those of you who even know what a phone booth is), has caught 16-passes for second on the team.

Turner is a multi-faceted weapon on both offense and defense. Turner is second on the team in yards receiving, fourth on the roster in yards rushing while posting 14-tackles from the safety position and being among the team leaders in both fumbles recovered and passes broken-up.

Turner returns punts. Turner returns kicks. Turner is a three-phase football player.

We caught up with head football coach and director of athletics at Breathitt High, Kyle Moore. Moore had, quite understandably, pretty high praise for Turner and what he brings to the Bobcats’ roster.

Turner can do everything,…on a football field,

Kyle Moore, Breathitt HFC and AD
Photo: James Fugate

“Turner can do everything, and do it well, on a football field,” Moore told KPGFootball. “Turner runs, catches, returns kicks, returns punts, plays safety, and punts the football for us.”

Turner plays football like he has something to prove.

Great players from football’s past have recognized the motivation which can be derived from having something to prove. Terry Bradshaw, NFL Hall of Fame QB for the Pittsburgh Steelers, said once, “When you’ve got something to prove, there nothing greater than a challenge.”

Turner plays with a chip on his shoulder. He is consistently proving his worth.

Turner is constantly challenged by teammates and opponents alike. Turner meets and even exceeds those challenges, each and every ball game…each and every Friday night.

The game of high school football was designed for the Turner-types. Face facts…this game is his game, his time. Enjoy “Wheels” Turner while you have him, Breathitt County; his kind doesn’t come around too often!

This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!

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Have coached at the high school and middle school level. Have worked in athletic administration. Conceal my identity to enable my candor on articles published by this magazine. Only members of the editorial board are aware of my true identity.


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