Talented transfers progress quickly

Junior college transfers Woodny Turenne and Chaz Thompson arrived in Louisville with much fan-fare and high expectations. After a week of practice, neither has disappointed and both players seem to be making a smooth transition to major college football.

Junior college transfers Woodny Turenne and Chaz Thompson arrived in Louisville with much fan-fare and high expectations. After a week of practice, neither has disappointed and both players seem to be making a smooth transition to major college football.

"Chaz and Woodny, they're two good JUCO corners and they are fitting in good with the system," said junior corner Rod Council. "All of us are juniors and sophomores so they came in and fit right in with the unit."

Though he's best known for his world-class, sprinters speed – he's run sub 4.3 forty's – Turenne has impressed the veteran Council with his physical play since camp opened last week. Turenne's speed and ability to cover, in combination with his physical style of play, makes him a perfect fit for defensive coordinator Mike Cassity's attacking system.

"Woodny, he's real physical and likes to press his man," Council said. "He's just real physical with the receiver throughout his whole route."

Thompson, who was rated the No. 5 junior college cornerback last season by JCGridiron.com, has also shown during the first week of preseason camp that he has the ability to step in this season and make a contribution.

"The learning curve is there and they're jumping in and learning the system, but they've both shown very good things," Mallory said. "They both have very good skills and we're very pleased with them."

Mallory and the rest of the defensive coaches understand that both Turenne and Thompson have the talent to make a big impact in the Big East. What they want to see now from both players is consistency and constant improvement.

"We just want to see them progressing and see improvement every day out," Mallory said. "And we have every day we've turned on the film. There's signs that all of the sudden they're getting something and they're starting to play more relaxed. I think both of them have good potential."

It should be no surprise that Turenne is making a quick impact at corner. He was one of the Louisville's most-prized recruits last year after recording eight interceptions and 25 pass break ups at the College of the Sequoias, where he was considered by many publications the nation's No. 1 JUCO prospect.

"(Cornerback) is a position where you really stress the athleticism and he's got that," Mallory said. "He's got both the size and the speed that you're looking for at that position. He's a guy that has a knack for playing the ball. He has quick feet and just has a good feel for the position."

Though Turenne has turned heads in practice, it's still uncertain how long it will take him to make his presence felt on game day.

"It's just a matter of (him) learning the position and what we ask him to do in different defenses," Mallory said. "I think he's going to be pretty good."


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