Saturday in Hawkville: For Wagner, Turbin, it’s unity over units

Posted by Clare Farnsworth on May 12, 2012 – 5:31 pm

A recap of the activities in Day 2 of the Seahawks’ rookie minicamp for May 12:

FOCUS ON

Teammates. Again. Still. That’s Bobby Wagner and Robert Turbin, the duo from Utah State who shares not only a first name but now a professional team after the Seahawks selected them in the second and fourth rounds of the NFL Draft.

And these two are getting some good looks at one another in the team’s three-day rookie minicamp, as Wagner is lining up at middle linebacker with the No. 1 defense and Turbin is getting a lot of touches with the No. 1 offense.

“It’s great. I actually catch myself rooting for the offense sometimes, which I probably shouldn’t be,” Wagner said today after another two-hour practice in ideal conditions at Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

“But it’s great to have a person that you know well and he knows you well. It definitely makes moving here and getting settled here much better.”

Turbin offered similar sentiments when asked about his former college teammates being his current NFL teammate.

“It’s funny, because I look over there and I see 54 and that’s the same guy that used to wear No. 9 lined up in the same spot at middle linebacker,” said Turbin, who wore No. 6 for the Aggies but is No. 22 for the Seahawks.

“And here I am playing running back. I’ve got a different number. He’s got a different number. It’s like here we go again. It’s just a different helmet on – a different team, a whole different scheme. The greatest thing about it is we know each other enough that we can kind of push for each other a little bit to get better. I know when Bobby is affected by something and he knows when I am. So we’ll be able to communicate about what’s happening to kind of better ourselves so we can produce for this football team.”

And that, more than the college or first name they shared, is why both are here. Wagner will compete for the starting middle linebacker spot with veteran Barrett Ruud, who was signed in free agency. Turbin will be the more-physical presence coach Pete Carroll has been looking for to complement leading rusher Marshawn Lynch.

WHO’S WHERE

The veterans aren’t participating in this minicamp, so it might not matter which players comprise the No. 1 units. But here’s who’s where:

Offense

Quarterback: Russell Wilson

Running backs: Turbin or Vai Taua and fullback James Stampley

Receivers: Phil Bates and Cam Kenney, or Lavasier Tuinei and Jermaine Kearse; and tight end Sean McGrath

Line – from left tackle to right: Alex Barron, J.R. Sweezy, Brent Osborne, Rishaw Johnson, Chima Okoli

Defense

Line: Pierre Allen, Jaye Howard, Renard Williams, Bruce Irvin

Linebackers: Korey Toomer, Wagner, E.J. Savannah

Cornerbacks: Jeremy Lane, London Durham

Safeties: Kareem Moore, Craig Ray

LOOKING FOR LYNCH

The team’s 10 draft choices, as well as seven of the 10 rookie free agents who were signed after the draft, will join the offseason workouts on Monday. Turbin can’t wait to see Lynch in the flesh, rather than on ESPN highlights.

“The greatest thing about it, in my opinion, is that I think Marshawn Lynch is going to make me a better player,” Turbin said. “Not just from a competitive standpoint, but just learning how to do it. I mean, he’s been a pro for about five or six years now. He knows how to do it.

“I’m just a rookie, so I don’t have a clue, you know what I mean? I think he’ll be the perfect guy to be able to look up to as a rookie running back.”

TRY, TRY AGAIN

The club added four more players today to the group that is in this camp on a tryout basis: Central Washington wide receiver Justin Helwege; North Dakota State cornerback Josh Gatlin; Montana tight end Kavario Middleton; and Oregon defensive tackle Terrell Turner.

YOU DON’T SAY

“The motivation is to stay here. A lot of people get here and in three years you never hear from them. So I’m trying to stay here for a while and be a contributor to this team.” – Wagner, when asked what he was using for motivation now that he’s been drafted into the NFL


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