Turner back and healthy

Jamal Turner's injured hamstring is in the past and the junior wide receiver says he's feeling great.

LINCOLN, Neb. - Last year Jamal Turner had six catches and over 80 yards against Minnesota. It's the way the Gophers play, taking a bend, but don't break approach with opponent's wide receivers. Turner knows this could be a big week for him again and that's why he's so "excited" to be back at full strength.

The Nebraska junior wide receiver was hampered by a bad hamstring in the first half of the season, but after sitting out most of the Purdue game and getting a bye week to rest, the Texas native feels healthy and ready to do big things over the Huskers' brutal six-game stretch.

"I will have a great second half to the season," said Turner. "The first part of the season didn't go the way I wanted to. The couple days I have been back with the guys, I have gotten the ball...I'm so excited and so ready. I'm playing full speed now. With the way they play, this could be a huge week for me.

"You forget how much you love the game when you're not playing, when an injury takes you from the game."

Turner says a little rest and treatment was all he could do over the last few weeks, but it was just what the doctor ordered.

"The bye week was a perfect time. I needed that," said Turner. "I was in the training room everyday, it's all I could do."

Last season, Turner replaced senior wide receiver Tim Marlowe when the Ohio product got hurt. In Turner's absence, redshirt freshman Jordan Westerkamp caught three balls for 53 yards against Purdue, coming up with a couple big third-down conversions.

"We want that competition in the room," Turner told reporters on Monday. "It's just going to make me play harder."

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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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