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September 28, 2013

Deonta Turner makes a big turnaround

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DANVILLE —

But don't expect Turner to tell you exactly what he did to get himself ready for this year. He isn't one of those players that likes to talking about himself, he would much rather tell you about what the team did over the summer.

"The way that we have worked together and practiced, getting ready for these games,'' said Turner, when asked what his favorite part of this year has been. "We just have to keep working hard, win the rest of these games and make it to the playoffs.''

Those are all the type of things that every coach likes to hear from one of his standout players.

"He's another one of our kids that doesn't say a lot,'' Luke said. "I like those guys. They show you by their actions.''

That's definitely been the case this season for Turner.

In the past two games, a win over Champaign Centennial and last week's loss to Normal West, the outside linebacker has made 20 tackles.

"Deonta flies to the ball and he is really aggressive,'' said junior defensive end Tyvon Cooper. "I think he wants it a little more than he did last year.

"He really grew up a lot since last season.''

When he's not on the football field, Turner admitted he is like every other high school student.

"I do school work, hang out with friends and hang out with my girlfriend,'' he said, admitting that he isn't quite as shy around his family and friends. "I'm just not a big talker about myself.''

So, what is important to him?

"My school work. I really try to pay close attention to the things in school,'' he said. "My goal is to play football in college.''

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