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Lincoln, NE - As Jamal Turner reflects on his freshman season, he has a question for himself.
"I was watching film the other day and I was watching myself and I looked so terrible, 'Like, why were they playing me?'" Turner told reporters on Monday afternoon. "I have watched film when I first started playing the position to now, it's ridiculous, it's crazy how much I have gotten better to when I first started."
After leading the team in receptions through the first five games in 2011, Turner's game reps were cut to almost none – with the coaching staff citing the freshman's practice time not warranty the reps.
But 2012 is a new year and it appears that the sophomore's hard work in the film room this offseason is paying off. After playing the "A" receiver spot last year, this year's he also getting work at "Z."
"I was excited about it, the coaches felt comfortable with me being on the field more and they know that I know the playbook, so I'm excited it," said Turner, who has a new outlook this year. "Stay humble and go out and fight every day.
"Every practice is like a game. You can't get complacent and just go, I'm with the ones. I can chill. No, you gotta go hard, because there's another guy right behind you fighting for the same position you're at."
Much like sophomore quarterback Brion Carnes, Turner referenced his time during "football school," as an opportunity to grow mentally on the field.
"I studied, studied, studied," said the Texas native. "Everyone was up here 24/7 watching film, that was something that Coach Beck stressed to us – get into the playbook."
As far as possibly getting reps at quarterback, the former 4-star signal-caller isn't worried about it right now.
"I'm not sure, maybe wildcat," said Turner when asked if he would get reps during the spring. "I have been really focused on wide receiver. I really haven't thought about it much."