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#99 Barry Turner
Position: Defensive End
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 265
Year: Senior
City/State: Antioch, Tenn.
High School: Brentwood Academy

Career Highlights

  • 2009 Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 (Coaches)
  • 2009 Pat Clare Award Winner
  • 2005 First-Team Freshman All-American (Football Writers, ESPN.com, Rivals.com)
  • 2005 Second-Team Freshman All-American (CollegeFootballNews.com)
  • Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week (vs. Colorado, 2006)
  • Tied for National Lead in Sacks Among Freshmen (6, 2005)
  • Nebraska Single-Season Record for Sacks by a Freshman (6, 2005)

2009 (Senior)
Defensive end Barry Turner capped an outstanding Nebraska career with an impressive senior season in 2009. His play was a key part of a defensive front four that was arguable the nation's best in 2009. Overall, the Blackshirts led the nation in scoring and pass efficiency defense, while ranking in the top 10 against the run and in total defense.

A season after missing all but one game with a leg injury, Turner had his finest season in a Nebraska uniform. He had 51 total tackles, including 16 behind the line of scrimmage and 5.5 sacks, while adding 13 quarterback hurries and four pass breakups. Turner's play was a key part of the starting defensive line accounting for 67 tackles for loss and 32 sacks-part of a team total of 44 sacks.

Turner's effort in 2009 moved him into a prominent position in the Nebraska record book. His 17 career sacks rank eighth on the Nebraska career chart, while his 34 career tackles for loss were just outside the NU career top 10. Turner was honored for his performance in 2009, being chosen as an honorable-mention All-Big 12 pick by the league's coaches.

Turner quickly flashed his old form in 2009. He had a career-best four hurries, a tackle for loss and a fumble recovery against Arkansas state, then had six tackles and three TFL at Virginia Tech. Turner had two tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks against Texas Tech, then had a forced fumble, a breakup and a hurry against Iowa State.

Turner was in on sacks against Oklahoma and Kansas State, before producing his best game as a Husker against Texas in the Big 12 title game. Turner's effort was overshadowed by the record-setting night of Ndamukong Suh, but Turner had a career-high seven tackles, including five solos, and recorded 2.5 sacks for 13 yards in losses. Overall he had four tackles for loss totaling 17 yards, part of NU's 15 team TFLs. Turner also added two hurries and a pass breakup. He closed his career in the Holiday Bowl with two tackles.

2008 (Senior)

Turner opened 2008 with three tackles, including two tackles for loss and a 14-yard sack against Western Michigan. However, he suffered the leg injury in the first quarter against San Jose State, underwent subsequent surgery and was lost for the year.

2007 (Junior)

Turner played in all 14 games as a reserve end and was featured primarily in pass-rush situations. He finished with 18 tackles, including 11 solo stops, four tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. He registered multiple stops in six games and ranked among the team leaders in quarterback hurries with six, while he also claimed his first career pass breakup and his third career blocked kick. Turner missed spring ball after shoulder surgery, but played in all 12 games with 11 starts at open end. He totaled 29 tackles, including five tackles for loss and a team-high three sacks for 33 yards. Turner had five games with three or more tackles and his seven quarterback hurries ranked second on the team.

He opened the year by sharing a sack and adding two quarterback hurries against Nevada. Turner made four tackles against Wake Forest and five against Ball State. He then produced his most complete game against Iowa State with three tackles, all for loss, 1.5 sacks for nine yards and two quarterback hurries.

Turner added two hurries against Texas A&M, then capped the year in strong fashion. He had three tackles, including a 19-yard sack of Josh Freeman against Kansas State, then matched his season-high with five tackles at Colorado.

2006 (Sophomore)
Turner played a key role in NU's Big 12 North-clinching win at Texas A&M. He had three tackles and was in on a pair of sacks. Turner also blocked an Aggie field goal with less than two minutes remaining that kept NU alive and set up the Huskers' winning drive in a 28-27 victory. Two weeks later, Turner was in on another big special-teams play as he scored his first career touchdown on a pass from backup quarterback Joe Ganz during a fake field-goal attempt. The reception marked the only career catch for Turner and helped him earn Big 12 Special Teams Player-of-the-Week honors.

2005 (Freshman)

Turner made his mark as a true freshman, notching a Husker freshman record six sacks and earning first-team freshman All-America honors. A key factor in NU ranking first nationally in both sacks and tackles for loss, Turner tied for the national sack lead among freshmen. His six sacks tied for third on the team, and he made 14 total tackles, with six hurries and two blocked field goals.

Turner's best statistical performance came at Baylor, as he set season highs in tackles (four), tackles for loss (three) and sacks (two). He had blocked field goals against Oklahoma and Kansas State, while also playing on NU's kickoff return unit.

Before Nebraska (Brentwood Academy)
Turner also helped Brentwood's basketball team to three consecutive Division II state titles. He averaged 16 points and nine rebounds as a junior, then helped Brentwood to a 29-3 record as a senior. Turner earned all-region and all-district honors on the hardwood. He chose Nebraska over Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

Turner was a standout defensive end for Coach Carlton Flatt at Brentwood Academy. A USA Today second-team All-American, Turner made more than 90 tackles, including 10 sacks as a senior. He also had 25 quarterback hurries, helping Brentwood to a 9-4 record and a trip to the state finals for the second straight year. Turner also played tight end and had 20 catches for 290 yards and three scores. He earned AP all-state honors and was a finalist for Tennessee Mr. Football honors. He was also a finalist for the Division II Class AAA Lineman of the Year. Turner had 105 tackles and 15 sacks as a junior. He was ranked among the top 10 defensive ends in the country by several recruiting services.Turner's Career Statistics

Personal
Barry is the son of Betty Tate, and was born on Jan. 7, 1987. He is majoring in economics and has volunteered with NU's local hospital visits. He is one of 11 Nebraska seniors expected to earn their degrees by the close of the fall semester.


Tackles

 

 

Fum.

QB

Year

G/S

UT

AT

TT

TFL    

Sacks    

C-R

BK

PBU

PI

Hry.

2005

12/0

13

1

14

7-48

6.0-46

1-0

2

0

0

6

2006

14/0

11

7

18

4-12

1.5-11

0-1

1

2

0

6

2007

12/11

12

17

29

5-34

3.0-33

0-0

0

2

0

7

2008*

2/2

1

2

3

2-15

1.0-14

0-0

0

0

0

0

2009

14/14

28

23

51

16-50

5.5-39

1-1

0

4

0

13

Totals

54/27

65

50

115

34-159

17.0-143

2-2

3

8

0

32

*Received medical redshirt
Receiving: 1-29 (1 TD)

Single-Game Highs
Tackles-7 vs. Texas, 2009 Big 12 Championship Game
Solo Tackles-5 vs. Texas, 2009 Big 12 Championship Game
Sacks-2.5 vs. Texas, 2009 Big 12 Championship Game
Tackles for Loss-4 vs. Texas, 2009 Big 12 Championship Game

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