Turner continues to net statewide accolades
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Jan 03, 2005 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The statewide accolades continue to roll in for Trigg County football player Kenny Turner.

The Wildcat lineman was named to the Louisville Courier-Journal All-State First Team Offense in voting conducted by coaches.

145 coaches cast votes for the newspaper’s 82nd annual all-state football team, with coaches not allowed to vote for their own players.

Turner, a 6-foot-7, 290-pound offensive lineman, helped anchor an offensive line that allowed just 17 sacks in 12 games last year.

"Kenny Ray has been a major part of the successful rebuilding that has gone on at Trigg County during my six-year tenure," head coach Curtis Higgins told the Courier-Journal. "He's been a standout football and basketball player, and his best years are in front of him."

Turner, who was the second-leading scorer on the basketball team last year before opting to sit out his senior season, has committed to play football at the University of Kentucky.

Last month, he told The Cadiz Record that his commitment to UK was firm after Joker Phillips was promoted to offensive coordinator by head coach Rich Brooks.

Other players named to the first team offense were linemen Kale Butler (Muhlenberg South), Mike Donoghue (Covington Catholic), Brandon Pennington (Ashland Blazer), Cory Zirbel (Murray), running backs Kelvin Turner (Danville), Shawn Robbins (Bell County), and Lee Renfro (Pulaski Southwestern), wide receivers Presley Marshall (Fleming County), and Seth Tamme (Boyle County), Murray kicker Tim Masthay, and Boyle County quarterback Brandon Smith.

Mr. Football Curtis Pulley of Hopkinsville made the team as a defensive back. He would have been the second-team quarterback, but the Courier-Journal allows players to make only one position.

Junior Jeffrey Adams, Trigg County’s 6-foot-7, 290-pound defensive lineman was named to the C-J’s All-State Second-Team.

Trigg County running back Steven Wadlington and defensive lineman Taylor McGee were named honorable mention.

Meanwhile, Turner was named to the All-BluegrassPreps.com team as an offensive lineman.

The web site honors the state's top 36 players, starting with the best players at 12 offensive and 12 defensive positions. As a special feature, the All-BGP team recognizes 12 players whose versatility and all-around contributions on offense, defense and special teams embody the spirit of high school football.

Turner was also named as one of 22 members of the Lexington Herald-Leader’s Class of the Commonwealth.

The newspaper’s 13th annual team is comprised of 22 seniors based primarily on high school achievement and college potential.
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