Lincoln, NE - Now 17 months into his transition from four-star high school quarterback to Big Ten wide receiver, Nebraska's Jamal Turner admits he misses being under center.
Turner told a handful of reporters, including the Lincoln Journal Star's Steve Sipple on Monday night, he still wishes he could play the position.
“I still want to do it so bad," Turner told reporters. "You don't understand. I watch the quarterbacks. I don't even watch my position sometimes -- I'm watching the quarterbacks, thinking, 'All right, get your read, throw it here, throw it there ... I do miss it, I can't lie."
Coming out of Sam Houston HS (TX) in 2011, Turner was Fox Sports NEXT's No. 7 quarterback in the nation, ahead of quarterbacks like: Jacoby Brissett (Florida), Cody Kessler (USC), Kevin Hogan (Stanford), Jarrard Randle (LSU), Jonny Manziel (Texas A&M), and David Ash (Texas).
Now a sophomore, with starting quarterback Taylor Martinez just a junior, Turner understands it's likely he will never play the quarterback position again. He's focused on becoming a better wide receiver and doing the necessary things to stay on the field in 2012.
But who knows, maybe Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck will draw up a play for Turner to throw some day.