Turner reflects on Illini career, looks ahead

"I think they've got the right group to get everybody on track"

CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) -- Malik Turner will go down as one of the best Illinois receivers in program history. The Sacred Heart-Griffin grad finished his career Top 10 in receptions and yards, with 149 (T-9th) and 1,804 (9th) respectively.

For all the ups though, there were plenty of downs. Originally recruited by Tim Beckman, Turner played for three different head coaches (Beckman, Bill Cubit, Lovie Smith) and saw his fair share of turmoil. Through it all, Turner believes the program is headed in the right direction under Smith.

"You know a lot of the guys out there are young, they are freshmen, they have the experience already," he said. "They're already a tight group and I think this offseason they're only going to get tighter. I really think they really need to just work on being disciplined and I think they've got the right group of coaches and staff to get everybody on the right track."

Illinois finished the season 2-10, losing 10-straight to close the season.


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