5 minutes with Paul Turner

Former West Monroe star quarterback has changed positions and is ready to make an impact at WR for the Tigers.

Player (No.)/position: Paul Turner (21)/wide receiver

Year (experience): Freshman (none)

Height/weight: 5-11, 186

Where he came from: West Monroe

2010 stats: Accounted for 2,219 total yards (1,245 passing/974 rushing), threw for 14 touchdowns and ran for 14 scores as a high school senior

2011 impact: Working in a group of freshmen who will push for playing time this season

Did you know: Turner was the 2011 valedictorian at West Monroe and had a 4.0 grade-point average entering his senior year.

Making the transition from quarterback to receiver: "I knew it was going to be hard, but the coaching at this level has really helped me. Coach (Billy) Gonzales has really helped me take in how to catch the ball at its highest point and run routes. If it wasn't for him, the transition would probably be a lot harder than it is."

How has being a quarterback for two seasons helped you as a receiver: "It helps a lot that I played the quarterback position because you learn the different coverages and where to sit down in different zones. It's really helped me adjust to playing receiver and has really given me an advantage at that position.

On making peace with new teammate Micah Eugene, who led Acadiana to a 21-14 triumph against West Monroe in the 5A state championship game: "There were really no issues at all (smiling). Acadiana played a really good game. I give all the props to Acadiana and move on."


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