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Posted Nov 1, 2006
Michael Turner has done something this season that he has never done before... start a game. The senior now has 3 starts and is slated to start another one this Saturday as Georgia faces Kentucky. The near 300-pounder came to Georgia as a tight end and has also practiced at center, guard and tackle. This week he will start at guard replacing Chester Adams. Today I had a chance to talk to him.
-- What is it like starting now after being 2nd and 3rd string for all these years?
-- It is great starting, but it is the same. You have to prepare each week the same. I still have to work hard to keep my status. I don't want to lose it.
-- You were at tackle earlier this year, but now you are starting at guard... is there a big difference?
-- The biggest difference is that I am going against bigger guys. On the outside my opponents are much quicker, inside they are more physical.
-- Changing positions should not be new to you... you came to
as a tight end... how big were you back then?
-- I weighed about 240-245 pounds.
-- What do you weigh now?
-- About 290
-- What has Coach Callaway been saying about how you have been playing?
-- He said I have been OK, but I have some improving to do.
-- What teammate currently or in the past... have you learned the most from?
-- I would say it was
. Just all the things he went through. I remember in high school he had the really bad leg injury, but he kept his positive attitude and he is now starting in the NFL.
-- What do you know about Kentucky's defense?
-- They are physical but also very fast. We have to be ready.
-- Reading your bio, it says you were also a pitcher at Brookwood, have you ever faced anyone on Georgia's baseball team before?
-- I don't think so, but I did face
when he was at Parkview?
-- How did you do against him?
-- I did pretty good.
-- Do you think anyone on the football team could hit off you on the baseball field?
-- No... I'd strike everyone out.
-- Thank you for your time and answers.
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