Quick Hitter: Turner vying for return spot

Jamal Turner (Getty Images)

Jamal Turner is looking to help Nebraska anyway he can this season, including on special teams.

After recording six punt returns and seven kickoff returns in 2012, Nebraska junior wide receiver Jamal Turner hopes to be a little busier in 2013.

With Ameer Abdullah likely taking a majority of the carries on the ground, it's likely the Husker coaching staff will try to save the junior running back. Last year Abdullah led the team in both the kick and punt return category.

Insert Turner, who's shown glimpses of elusiveness and the quickness to be effective in the return game.

"I want it bad, just like any other guy. I feel like I could help the team in that position," said Turner. "I'm just trying to stay humble and hungry, and fight for the job."

Turner was asked the biggest challenge that comes on special teams.

"Not getting hit by the first guy," said Turner. "Those gunners are taught to cross our face, so if I can get between those guys, it's pretty easy after that."

The third-year player say the competition has been stiff and despite the team struggling at times last season to field returns, the coaching staff has created a focused environment.

"If you can't catch the ball you are not going to be back there practicing with us," said Turner. "They make sure to get guys who can catch the ball."

Turner recorded 155 yards on kickoff returns (22.1 average) and 34 yards on punt returns (5.7) average last season.

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Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & Scout.com since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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