2015 Husker profile: Jamal Turner

Nebraska receiver Jamal Turner was granted a fifth year by the NCAA and could become a valuable receiver in Mike Riley's offense.

Jamal Turner

Position: WR

Height/Weight:6-foot-1, 190-pounds

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 review:

Against McNeese State in the second game of the year, Turner tore his Achilles tendon. Not the death sentence it was a couple decades ago, but something that wouldn’t exactly be easy to come back from.

The injury cost Turner the entire rest of the season.


2015 outlook:

Turner missed a few weeks of spring practices to recover from the Achilles tear and to have a knee scoped, but returned after spring break to immediately make some noise.

“I feel like new coaches, new offense, everyone is trying to make a name for themselves. It starts this spring,” said Turner at the time.

And Turner finished in the spring game, catching a 29-yard pass from Zack Darlington in the second quarter.

“Everyone told me I played good. It’s one of those things that if I played bad this game, I was going to be really depressed,” said Turner. “I’m just really excited to start the summer off. This game gave me so much momentum.”

BRR projection: With De’Mornay Pierson-El, Jordan Westerkamp, and Brandon Reilly in the lineup, Nebraska doesn’t need Turner to be the breakout receiver so may expected the last few seasons.

If Turner can be a guy that just catches 15-20 balls in 2015, it would take a lot of pressure off a lot of younger receivers.

We think he can be that guy.


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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