Soft-spoken Turenne ready to make some noise

Louisville fans, meet Woodny Turenne. The talented, but soft-spoken junior college transfer appears poised to make some big-time noise in the defensive backfield this season.

Louisville fans, meet Woodny Turenne. While the junior college transfer has a soft-spoken nature, Turenne figures to bring plenty of speed and talent to the field for the Louisville Cardinals this season.

Possessing world-class speed (Turenne once ran a 10.3 one hundred), Turenne has made a quick impact at cornerback during preseason camp, a position where Louisville lost All-Big East corner William Gay and part-time starter Gavin Smart.

"I'm putting in a lot of hard work and it's going to be worth it," Turenne said Friday, the first day media members had access to Louisville's newcomers. "These coaches do a good job preparing us and getting us ready for camp. I'm glad to be here and be a part of the program."

A big play corner, Turenne made plenty of those last year in the California junior college ranks, racking up eight interceptions, while breaking up 25 passes. What's been Turenne's biggest adjustment from junior college?

"It's full speed every play (here)," Turenne said. "That's part of the program. There are no breaks and no time off – nothing like that. It's pretty much what I expected. I knew it was going to be a grind but that's what football is all about."

Turenne is pushing hard for a starting job opposite returning starter Rod Council. He's competing against veterans like Bobby Buchanan and Travis Norton.

"I still feel like I have a lot of work to do," Turenne said. "I'm just trying to earn my respect with the team and go out there and work out and be a part of the program."

Why did Turenne, a south Florida native who played against current Louisville linebacker Willie Williams in high school, wind up in Louisville?

"I loved on my visit how the players talked about working hard," Turenne said. "They were really striving to get to the (national) championship. They had a good coaching staff and fans. It's a good program."

Turenne's talent and ability to cover was evident in last weekend's scrimmage when he blanketed 6-foot-6 Mario Urrutia, one of the best wide receivers in the country and perhaps the most difficult matchup in college football, all over the field.

"He's a big time player," Turenne said. "We talk to each other every day in practice – you know, ‘how he got me better or how I got him better.' This is one of the best receiving corps that I've ever been against and I'm really thankful for that."

Despite his enormous talent and ability, Turenne brings a humble, team-first approach to the field.

"I just bring my effort, a willingness to learn and help the defense become #1 in the nation," Turenne said. "I'm just working on what the coaches are teaching me in practice."

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