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Jamal Turner
Player Profile:
Jamal Turner 745680
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 185
Year: Junior
Hometown: Arlington, Texas
High School: Sam Houston

Honors & Awards
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall, 2011)
» Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (2011)
» Jet Award Watch List (2013)

Jamal Turner was a playmaker for the Nebraska offense throughout his career in Lincoln. The 6-1, 190-pound receiver spent five years in a Husker uniform after his 2014 season ended because of injury after just two games and he received an additional season of eligibility.

Turner finished his career with 73 receptions for 892 yards and four receiving touchdowns. His 73 receptions rank in a tie for 16th place at Nebraska in career receptions, while his 892 yards are just outside of the top 25. Turner originally joined the Huskers as a quarterback, but immediately switched to receiver in his first spring practice in Lincoln. Turner also saw action as both a kickoff and punt returner in his Nebraska career.

Turner played his final season as a graduate student after earning his degree in criminology and criminal justice in December of 2014.

2015 (Senior)
Turner played in all 13 games and earned a start against UCLA in the Foster Farms Bowl. Turner caught nine passes for 93 yards, including two catches in the opener against BYU and a season-high four catches in the regular-season finale against Iowa. He also had three rushing attempts.

2014 (Redshirt)
Turner had four catches for 37 yards before suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon in the second game. Turner had three catches for 28 yards against McNeese State and one catch for nine yards against Florida Atlantic. He received a medical redshirt season.

2013 (Junior)
Turner played in eight games, 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 saw action as a punt returner. Turner opened the year with four catches for 43 yards and a touchdown against Wyoming and had a season-high five catches for 23 yards against UCLA. He returned to action against Georgia in the Gator Bowl.

2012 (Sophomore)
Turner played in all 14 games with four starts, making 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.

His first touchdown 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 in a comeback victory. He averaged 5.7 yards on six punt returns and 22.1 yards on seven kickoff returns.

Turner had a season-long 36-yard catch against Southern Miss. He caught a career-high six passes for 83 yards against Minnesota, one yard shy of his career high. Turner led NU with 63 yards on five catches against Wisconsin, highlighted by a 32-yard third-quarter catch. Turner capped the season with a 14-yard TD reception in the first quarter against Georgia.

2011 (Freshman)
Turner played in 12 games and had 15 receptions for 243 yards. He caught three passes for 63 yards, including a career-long 43-yard catch against Fresno State. Turner had a season-high five receptions for a career-high 84 yards at Wisconsin, with two catches of at least 25 yards. 

Before Nebraska (Sam Houston HS)
Turner was one of the nation’s top dual-threat quarterbacks for Coach Danny Edelman, at Sam Houston High, 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. 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 was the starting quarterback as a sophomore and 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. ESPN ranked Turner among the top 50 overall prospects in the country, while Rivals ranked Turner among the top 140 players in the nation. Turner only visited Nebraska, but had numerous offers, including Missouri, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas A&M and USC.

Turner is the son of the late Rusty Turner and Jeffery Turner and was born on Feb. 1, 1993. He was to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2011. Turner has volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes, Make-A-Wish and local hospital visits.

Turner's Career Statistics









2011 12/0 15 243 16.2 20.2 43 vs. Fresno St. 0
2012 14/4 32 417 13.0 29.8 36 vs. Southern Miss 3







17 vs. Wyoming








17 vs. McNeese State








20 vs. Northwestern








43 vs. Fresno St.


*-Medical Redshirt

Single-Game Highs
» Receptions–6 vs. Minnesota (2012)

» Yards–89 at Wisconsin (2011)
» Touchdowns–1 four times (most recently vs. Wyoming in 2013)

Rushing: Career: 10 carries, 1 yards, 0 TDs, 0.1 average, long of 6 vs. UCLA (2012)
2015: 3 carries, 1 yard, 0 TD, 0.3 average, long 3
2013: 1 carries, 2 yards, 0 TDs, 2.0 average, long 2
2012: 4 carries, 1 yards, 0 TDs, 0.3 average, long of 6
2011: 2 carries, -3 yards, 0 TDs, minus- 1.5 average, long 4

Kickoff Returns: Career: 8 returns, 172 yds, 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: 6 returns, 34 yards, 0 TDs, 5.7 average, long of 22 vs. Idaho State (all in 2012)



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