Senior leader of the defense... all-conference candidate... has linebacker speed in a lineman's body... strongest defensive lineman on the squad... possesses all the leadership intangibles... has made 11 career starts... owns 73 career tackles, including 17 for losses... has 5.0 sacks accounting for 30 yards... has forced a pair of fumbles.
2001: Stepped up to play a key role in 2001... was a key factor in helping TCU rank 10th in the nation against the run... recorded 38 tackles in 10 games, including 13 for losses totaling 50 yards... was in on four sacks... forced a pair of fumbles... scary moment came at Nebraska in the season opener when he had to be carried off the field... suffered a concussion on the play and was held out of the North Texas contest... started each of the other 10 games... may have saved the Southern Miss game when he ran down the Golden Eagles' top receiver from behind... made three tackles in the galleryfurniture.com Bowl game versus Texas A&M, including one sack.
2000: Key backup on the defensive line... posted 10 tackles in the 2000 season, including two behind the line of scrimmage... had one sack for loss of three yards... ended the campaign with three tackles against SMU.
1999: Recorded 25 tackles, 15 solos and 10 assisted, as a backup linebacker... had two tackles for losses of five yards... had a season-high four tackles against both Northwestern and Tulsa... a key contributor on special teams.
1998: Redshirted as a true freshman.
High School: A remarkable all-around athlete as a prep standout at nearby Everman High School... won honors in football, basketball and as a sprinter for the Bulldogs in 1996 and 1997... accounted for 75 tackles, nine quarterback sacks, four caused fumbles and five interceptions during his senior season... selected as the District 13-4A Defensive Player of the Year... also earned all-area and all-state honors... averaged 16.5 points and eight rebounds per game on Everman's top-ranked basketball team... selected TCU over Southern Mississippi, Hawaii and North Texas.
Personal: John O. Turntine was born May 6, 1978... majoring in secondary education... is married... wife's name is Michelle.
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