CLOQUET– We head into the Northwoods to chat with 2022 NFN prospect at QB, Cloquet’s Alec Turnbull who had started to get some varsity reps last year for the Lumberjacks. We chatted with Turnbull, about his 2019 season, his recruiting trail, and much more.
Get to Know Alec Turnbull
Turnbull is a three-sport athlete for the Lumberjacks, who play football, basketball, and baseball. Turnbull is a triplet in his family, as his other two brothers play football for the Lumberjacks too. He plays a little safety on defense but is primarily the Lumberjack’s quarterback. Turnbull’s strengths on the football field are his ability to make most of the throws a quarterback has to make to be successful. He’s also a believer in making the “right” throw which shows off his football IQ of not just making the big play but making the smart football throw.
Favorites About Quarterback
“Being in control,” that’s what Turnbull said is his favorite part about playing quarterback. Although quarterback has the most pressure on the field, Turnbull loves to be a leader on the field for the Lumberjacks.
Turnbull is very early in his recruiting journey as just a sophomore, but he did a great elevator pitch to the college coaches out there seeking his talents down the road:
Hard-working, coachable, great leader, team player, never cares about stats, at the end of the day I care about the team winning.
Improving in the Offseason for 2020
Turnbull being a three-sport athlete, has a great gift to get stronger and faster year-round which is something the Cloquet Lumberjacks are looking from him in the offseason after the 2019 football season. “Hard work in the offseason is crucial for the results during the season,” Alec told Northstar Football News about the attack for greatness at Cloquet Football.
Turnbull has a ton of mentors that have to lead him in the right direction in his football career. His dad, for all the coaching he put in youth football for Alec and his brothers. His older brother, who played on the Cloquet Lumberjacks football team that advanced to the state championship a few years ago at US Bank Stadium, really pushed the young kids to watch everything they did to get as far as they did in Minneapolis, that rallied the young Lumberjacks to want to work harder to get to the expected level of play Cloquet wants to play at. His other mentor was QB1 last year, Dalton Bottila. Bottila’s ability to make Turnbull compete was what Turnbull enjoyed about the competition it gave him and they become great friends through their competing play after play in practice. The advice, and their ability to push Turnbull to better heights, is what makes Cloquet head coach Tom Lenarz and Cloquet QB coach Ryan Lindstrom Alec’s coaching mentors.
Learning from 2019 and Goals for 2020
Turnbull said he had a “second-hand view” at quarterback as a backup to Bottila with limited reps as a varsity quarterback, but he got to learn what it takes to be QB1 for the Cloquet Lumberjacks by learning from Bottila as a sophomore.”Cloquet has a good football tradition, with lots of state tournament appearances in the past couple of years. We haven’t been there in a couple of years though, so the pressure is on for us to return,” Turnbull told NFN about what the big goal in mind for Cloquet this year is. If the offseason work pans out, Turnbull thinks his Lumberjacks have a “great shot” at getting back to Minneapolis for the state playoffs.