Junior Season Success Continues for Turner

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Three games into the 2009 season, 6-5, 310-pound offensive tackle Landon Turner , returning from a broken ankle that kept him out of the entire 2008 season, felt good about the way he was performing on the gridiron. Five games later, the Harrisonburg (VA) junior says that he has continued to improve throughout the year.

“I have continued on the right track,” said Turner, who has helped the Blue Streaks to a 7-1 overall record. “I didn’t have my best game offensively last week [in a 20-0 win over Spotswood], but I took care of it. I missed a few blocks, but I’m getting better. I’m doing better this week. I just need to keep on playing.”

Known more for his play on offense, Turner is now starting to contribute more on the defensive side of the ball. Last week, he picked up his first sack of the season and now is slotted to start on both sides of the ball the rest of the season.

“It’s really cool,” Turner said of playing defense. He mans a defensive tackle spot. “It’s fun to step in and be a force on the team and everything.”

The news has gotten better off the field for Turner. Last weekend, Virginia became the sixth FBS school to extend an official offer. Despite the offer, the Cavaliers have work to do to be a significant factor in this race.

“That was exciting,” began Turner, who attended Virginia’s home game against Georgia Tech on Saturday. “It’s always good to get an offer. It was not just the rain or the loss, but as it stands I’m not as interested in UVa as I am in other schools. I don’t feel like I fit there personality-wise. It doesn’t mean I’m counting them out. I’ll play it by ear.”

Turner has taken unofficial visits to Florida, Georgia, Ohio State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. He plans to visit UNC next weekend and Maryland the weekend after that. One visit has impressed Turner more than the others.

“So far, Virginia Tech has been the best visit,” said Turner, who also lists Georgia, Maryland, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Penn State and West Virginia on his favorites list. He has been officially offered by Maryland, North Carolina, Stanford, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. “I’m not counting

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