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UCLA's Jamal Turner

Remember Devin Fuller? He was a name that was huge two years ago when it came to Nebraska recruiting. The Huskers were looking for the four-star athlete to join their class as a quarterback, despite already having a four-star signal-caller in Tommy Armstrong.

Nebraska made Fuller's final school list, but ultimately the New Jersey product selected to head west to UCLA.

Now a sophomore, Fuller is playing wide receiver for the Bruins, similar to Nebraska's Jamal Turner, who was a four-star quarterback coming out of high school.

"He's a heck of a player. We wanted him more as a quarterback. He's a heck of an athlete and Devin's a good kid," said Nebraska assistant coach Ross Els, who was the Huskers area recruiter when it came to Fuller. "I'm glad to see he's playing and doing well. We really wanted him, but he wanted to go out there."

Els sees the comparison to Turner.

"Similar type of kid," said Els. "We wanted to give him a real shot at quarterback, maybe UCLA did, I don't know and just told him they needed him at wide out."

Fuller had four catches for 39 yards in the Bruins win over Nevada.

Papuchis talks about UCLA

Pensick had mixed feeling about the Rose Bowl

Nebraska center Cole Pensick will always remember his trip to the Rose Bowl. He was excited about getting an opportunity to play there, but left with a different feeling than he showed up with.

"One thing that stuck out with me was how the fans were," said Pensick. "They were rude. I have been to some away stadiums and obviously fans are going to heckle the away team, but UCLA fan just seemed to be by far the worst one that I have been a part of."

Martinez grew up a UCLA fan

Growing up in Los Angeles, Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez had a choice – be a USC fan or a UCLA fan. He chose the Bruins. His father had friends who had played at UCLA.

"I have a lot of family and friends who are coming or watching back home," said Martinez, who remembers the feeling he had when leaving the Rose Bowl last year after a loss. "I don't think I have ever felt so bad before after a loss since it was UCLA and they didn't offer me out of high school. As a kid, I watched them and wanted to go there."

The Bruins wanted Martinez as a wide receiver, but wouldn't commit to letting him tryout as a quarterback.

BRR talks with the Ticket about Southern Miss and previews UCLA

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Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & Scout.com since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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