Position: Wide Receiver
Height/Weight: 6-foot-1, 185 pounds
High School: Sam Houston HS (Tex.)
Turner played in 12 games as a freshman, and after coming out of high school where he played quarterback; they were his first at wide receiver, and he had to go through some learning curves.
“When we started the offense if you couldn’t block, you wouldn’t play,” Turner explained. “It was hard for me coming from quarterback because I haven’t ever blocked anybody in my life. Then coming to this position I am blocking linebackers and stuff like that.
“I was just out here running around and wanting the ball. I didn’t understand anything like the play concepts or anything, but now I do. Everything is so much clearer now because I know what everyone is doing.”
Turner showed plenty of promise last year that he can be a productive wide receiver. He finished fifth on the team with 15 receptions for 243 yards, and showed he has depth threat potential averaging 16. 2 yards a reception, second only to Kyler Reed.
His best game came against Wisconsin where he recorded a season-high five receptions for 84 yards, including two catches of a least 25 yards. He was also able to record at least one reception in each of the first five games he played.
This year is different for him though, after spending a year in the offense, and a year learning the wide receiver position, Turner thinks he understands it now.
“I wouldn’t really say I am much of a different person,” said Turner when asked how he is a different person from last year. “But I understand college better now, what it takes to play, and what it takes to develop as a player.
“They were hoping I would learn it faster,” he said. “But now I know it and feel more comfortable and now I can focus on running my routes and know where I have to be without thinking as much. I don’t have to be like ‘oh my gosh what do I have to do’, now that I know my route I can just go out and run it to perfection and get open.”
With his speed and athletic ability Turner will most likely be making an impact in the passing game, although he isn’t sure if he will be a starter week in and week out because he says there are never clear ones and twos.
“You have to fight for a spot; I mean it varies every week,” said the sophomore. “Say Kenny (Bell) is having a bad week of practice and I am having a good one, they might start me over him for that week. But then he has a whole four or five days to earn his spot back, so there are no set ones or twos.”
Turner said that he might also be making contributions to both the punt return and kick off return groups as well.
Turner in April of 2012
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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