Honors & Awards » Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall, 2011) » Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (2011) » Jet Award Watch List (2013)
2014 Outlook Jamal Turner will look to return to being an explosive threat for the Husker offense and special teams as a senior in 2014. The 6-1, 190-pound Turner entered the 2013 season coming off a breakout finish to his sophomore year, but after a solid performance early in the year, injuries sidetracked him for the remainder of the season.
Turner was healthy during spring ball and was back to his play-making ways. When healthy, Turner provides a veteran receiver to the offense capable of making tough receptions and making big plays after the catch. Turner enters his senior year with 60 career receptions for 762 yards and four touchdowns. He joins fellow senior Kenny Bell in giving Nebraska two veteran, battle-tested players who will lead a deep and talented group of receivers.
Turner has also shown flashes of explosiveness as a return man for the Huskers, averaging better than 21 yards per kickoff return.
Turner is majoring in criminology and criminal justice and is on track to graduate in December, despite not having the benefit of a redshirt year.
2013 (Junior) Turner played in the first seven games before missing the final five games of the regular season with a leg injury. He had 13 catches for 102 yards and a touchdown, and also served as the Huskers’ top punt returner early in the season.
Turner opened the year with four catches for 43 yards and a touchdown against Wyoming, then added one catch against Southern Miss and a season-high five passes for 23 yards against UCLA. He had a catch against South Dakota State and two receptions at Minnesota before being injured. He returned to action against Georgia in the Gator Bowl and had one rushing attempt.
2012 (Sophomore) Turner played in all 14 games with four starts, including the last three games, when NU opened with three receivers. He had 32 catches for 417 yards, an average of 13.0 yards per reception. Turner had six games with three or more catches, including a career-high six receptions against Minnesota. Eighteen of his catches and all three touchdowns came in the final six games.
The first two touchdowns of Turner’s career were both game-changers. The first came on a six-yard TD catch with six seconds remaining to give NU a 28-24 win at Michigan State. The second came in the fourth quarter a week later against Penn State, giving Nebraska its first lead of the day in a comeback victory. He also had four rushing attempts, while averaging 5.7 yards on six punt returns and 22.1 yards on seven kickoff returns.
In the opener against Southern Miss, Turner had two catches for 46 yards, including a season-long 36-yard catch. He made his first career start at UCLA and had one reception and two rushing attempts. Turner combined for four catches in the first two Big Ten games, before being a part of a big passing day at Northwestern with three catches for 56 yards, including a 25-yard catch to set up Nebraska’s game-winning touchdown.
Turner had two receptions at Michigan State, including the game-winning touchdown, then added two catches the following week against Penn State. Turner caught a career-high six passes for 83 yards against Minnesota, just one yard shy of his career high. Turner started against Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game and led NU with 63 yards on five catches, highlighted by a 32-yard third-quarter catch. Turner capped the season with three catches for 22 yards against Georgia, including a 14-yard TD reception in the first quarter.
2011 (Freshman) Turner played in 12 games and was fifth on the team with 15 receptions for 243 yards, and his average of 16.2 yards per reception was second on the team. Turner had at least one reception in each of the first five games. He caught three passes for 63 yards, including a season-long 43-yard catch against Fresno State.
Turner had a season-high five receptions for a career-high 84 yards at Wisconsin, including two catches of at least 25 yards. He had two receptions each against Washington, Wyoming and Minnesota. He added one kickoff return for 17 yards against Washington.
Before Nebraska (Sam Houston HS) Turner had a prolific high school career at Sam Houston High School in Arlington, Texas. He was one of the nation’s top dual-threat quarterbacks for Coach Danny Edelman, racking up more than 10,000 yards of total offense in three years as a starter.
As a senior, Turner rushed for 1,888 yards on 267 carries and 35 rushing touchdowns. He completed better than 60 percent of his passes for 1,551 yards and eight touchdowns. Turner earned first-team All-DFW area accolades from the Dallas Morning News as a utility player, and he was also an honorable-mention Class 5A all-state pick. Turner produced similar statistics as a junior with 1,809 yards and 19 touchdowns rushing, while averaging better than eight yards per carry. He also threw for better than 1,800 yards and 13 touchdowns earning second-team All-DFW area honors and second-team 5A all-state honors.
Turner first stepped into the starting quarterback role as a sophomore and posted big passing numbers. He threw for 2,611 yards and 21 touchdowns, while also rushing for better than 400 yards and nine touchdowns. Turner was chosen to play in the Under Armour All-American game in Florida, and he showed his all-around ability by lining up at receiver in the game. ESPN ranked Turner among the top 50 overall prospects in the country, while Rivals ranked Turner among the top 140 players in the nation and the top 20 prospects in Texas. Turner only visited Nebraska, but had numerous offers, including Missouri, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas A&M and USC.
Personal Turner is the son of the late Rusty Turner and Jeffery Turner and was born on Feb. 1, 1993. He is a criminology and criminal justice major and was named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll in 2011 and the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2011. Turner has volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes, Make-A-Wish, at Madonna Rehabilitation Center, local hospital visits and Husker Hotline.
Turner's Career Statistics
43 vs. Fresno St.
36 vs. Southern Miss
17 vs. Wyoming
43 vs. Fresno St.
Rushing: Career: 7 carries, 0 yards, 0 TDs, 0.0 average, long of 6 vs. UCLA (2012) 2013: 1 carry, 2 yards, 0 TDs, 2.0 average, long of 2 vs. Georgia 2012: 4 carries, 1 yard, 0 TDs, 0.3 average, long of 6 vs. UCLA 2011: 2 carries, -3 yards, 0 TDs, minus- 1.5 average, long of 4 vs. Chattanooga
Kickoff Returns: Career: 8 returns, 172 yards, 0 TDs, 21.5 average, long of 35 vs. Idaho St. (2012) 2012: 7 returns, 155 yards, 0 TDs, 22.1 average, long of 35 vs. Idaho State 2011: 1 return, 17 yards, 0 TDs, 17.0 average, long of 17 vs. Washington
Punt Returns: Career: 8 returns, 40 yards, 5.0 average, long of 22 vs. Idaho State (2012) 2013: 2 returns, 6 yards, 0 TDs, 3.0 average, long of 3 vs. Southern Miss 2012: 6 returns, 34 yards, 0 TDs, 5.7 average, long of 22 vs. Idaho State
Single-Game Highs » Receptions - 6 vs. Minnesota (2012) » Yards - 89 at Wisconsin (2011) » TDs - 1, four times - at Michigan State (2012), vs. Penn State (2012), vs. Georgia (2012), vs. Wyoming (2013)
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