Fuller and Turene have limited experience with each other - Turene hasn't been on the field very long and Fuller hasn't been in Huntington very long - but in that short time, Fuller can see the potential Turne has. That potential was on display in high school, too, when Turene totaled 230 tackles, four interceptions and eight forced fumble over his junior and senior seasons.
"Sometimes, the first couple of days when you watch players play, you can tell they're football kids," Fuller said. "You can tell by body position, not only just that they're making the plays, but just how they play, the level of their pads and their knee bend. He has that body position. Like some other guys, we have a lot of hopes for him."
Turene has a lot of hopes for what he can do at the weakside linebacker spot that redshirt senior Devin Arrington controlled last season. Arrington has graduated and D.J. Hunter has moved from strongside linebacker back to safety, so Marshall's linebacker landscape will be different in 2013. No matter what it looks like, it must help the Herd's defense climb out from the Football Bowl Subdivision cellar.
Marshall's defense was 104th in the FBS against the run (203.08 yards allowed per game) on its way to being 101st overall (456.58 yards allowed per game). Turene already has his sights set on fortifying the Herd's run defense.
"Stopping the run, that's what's most important," he said. "That's what a linebacker's all about, to bring attitude and nastiness.
"That's No. 1 for me," he added. "That's what want to bring, the attitude to stop the run. If you can't stop the run, you can't stop the pass. We want to be great. That's our main goal."
Turene finally has his chance to help Marshall's defense work toward that goal. He had to bide his time, but he stayed patient and now he's ready.
"You've got to wait on your time," he said. "Your time isn't always at the time it's expected. All I did was wait for my time."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.