BRR 2014 profile: Jamal Turner

Senior wide receiver Jamal Turner has had a nice career so far at Nebraska, but not a great one. Could this be the year he puts it all together? The Huskers will look to find multiple ways to get him on the field in 2014.

Jamal Turner

Position: WR/QB

Height/Weight: 6-foot-1 / 185 pounds

High School: Sam Houston HS (TX)

Year: Senior

2013 review:
A year filled with lots of hype and expectations going into the season, Turner struggled to stay healthy, playing in only eight contests and missing the final five games of the year.

The junior recorded only 13 catches for 102 yards in 2013. To put it in perspective, as a true freshman the Texas native had better numbers than he did last season.

When he was healthy, which wasn’t much of the season, Turner spent a lot of time rotating with Jordan Westerkamp in the slot.

2014 outlook:
Turner enter the fall in a stiff competition for game reps. A four-star prospect coming out of high school, his career has been nothing to sneeze at, with 34 career appearances and 60 catches in three seasons. But, those numbers are hardly what fans expected after seeing glimpses of his talents in 2011 as a true freshman. It’s a now or never type situation for Turner.

This spring finally healthy, Turner received reps with the first and second team offense, showing huge flashes of potential of what the fall could look like over the final few practices.

"He's working harder and flashing more, so we reward playing time that way," said offensive coordinator Tim Beck in early April. "It's nothing against Jordan [Westerkamp], because I think he's having a good spring as well, but we have to have depth."

Turner’s impact could come from more than just the slot. He worked as a returner during the spring and even got reps at quarterback, a position he could play in an emergency or certain situations as a wildcat according to head coach Bo Pelini.

"He likes it. He thinks he's Russell Wilson. Jamal isn't lacking for confidence,” said Pelini.

How he ended up in Lincoln:
Turner joined Nebraska after being an outstanding dual-threat quarterback, racking up more than 10,000 yards in three years as a starter.

As a senior he rushed for 1,888 yards and 35 rushing touchdowns, while also throwing for 1,551 yards and eight touchdowns. These states earned him an honorable mention Class 5A all-state pick. The Texas 5A high school product was a four-star prospect coming out of high school.

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