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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 will take a second crack at his senior season in 2015, after suffering a season-ending injury last September. Turner ruptured his Achilles tendon in the second game of the season and received a medical hardship, allowing him to return this season. Turner continued to progress throughout spring ball and participated in the majority of the drills, and he should be at full strength for the season. 

When healthy, Turner provides an elusive receiving threat who is capable of making tough catches and big plays after the reception. Turner enters 2015 with 64 career receptions for 799 yards and four touchdowns. He is one of several receivers with extensive game experience, making the position a potential strength for the Nebraska offense.

A high school quarterback, Turner has also seen action as both a kickoff and punt return man during his Nebraska career. Turner earned his degree in criminology and criminal justice in May.

2014 (Redshirt)
Turner had four catches for 37 yards before being injured. Turner had three catches for 28 yards against McNeese State and one catch for nine yards against Florida Atlantic.

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 had 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, 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.

The first two touchdowns of Turner’s career were 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 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, and had a key 25-yard catch to set up Nebraska’s game-winning touchdown. Turner 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








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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