Turner, tenth this season in tackles with 15, has been solid all year, said Greene, but has yet to turn in a game-changing or truly head-turning performance.
"He's playing solid, he's not hurting us, he doesn't do anything wrong, but I am ready for him, being the senior, being around this long to start stepping up and being a big play-maker" Greene said.
Turner was more inclined to talk about the defense as a whole following the session, saying despite what the Cougars were expected to do or not to do before the season started was irrelevant to the squad, saying each player knew they were capable of making some serious noise once fall camp was behind them.
"With the guys we have this year, we knew we were going to be something special," Turner said. "This spring, when this defense was assembled, we knew when we looked around at each other, and we made that a dedication that we were going to be that defense that flies around, try to bring back that D they had here in ('02 and '03)."
That defense will be tested heavily this Saturday, as the Oregon Ducks led by QB Dennis Dixon and RB Jonathan Stewart come to Pullman, bringing what Greene called a "very talented" offense with them.
"Oregon's the one that's leading the Pac-10 in total offense," Greene said. "They've got very talented receivers, and they've got a heck of a running game, so it's going to be every bit as difficult, if not more difficult, than last week was."
INJURIES ALSO AFFECTED the offensive side of the ball Tuesday, as second-string quarterback Gary Rogers watched the session from the sidelines, out with a significant AC sprain in his non-throwing shoulder. Doba said more would be known later this week but that the sophomore was probably doubtful for Oregon. Doba said getting No. 3 Cole Morgan some playing time was possible if the right situation presented itself, and also talked about the immediate aftermath of the Cal game when Alex Brink was tight-lipped to reporters on the decision to start Rogers the second half.
"It's tough to know when to put the other guy in without destroying the other guy's confidence and making sure he knows that you trust him, and yet you still want to get the other kid a chance," said Doba. "And if he's not performing then the other guy... No matter which way you go, you're wrong -- unless you win.
"We look at the entire picture. Practice, tests and all that kind of stuff. Alex Brink is our quarterback."
DOBA SAID Tuesday he didn't anticipate any significant changes in the running back rotation of Dwight Tardy, DeMaundray Woolridge and Derrell Hutsona in light of the decreased run production the past few weeks, noting a young offensive line has played a part.
"(Hutsona) is a big play guy," said Doba. "D still needs to have a good game. He had a good game against Auburn and hasn't played that well since. There's nobody who is the clear cut winner...and (it's about) who practices well and who makes the least mistakes and Dwight Tardy has practiced well, made few mistakes and run the ball hard."
Meanwhile, Doba said the offensive line is looking relatively healthy for Cal, although bumps and bruises such as Charles Harris' ankle exist. Tight end Cody Boyd (ankle) is not expected back this week. Backup defensive end Mike Graise (hamstring) looks doubtful for Saturday, while receiver Brandon Gibson (hip) is probable, said Doba.
RED-ZONE work in full pads early on this practice week was on tap headed into Oregon, said Doba. The Cougs have had difficulty getting into the end zone inside the 20-yard line this season, and came away with only three points in three red-zone trips against Cal.