Jamal Turner’s plan was to enroll early at Nebraska and get adjusted to the quarterback position, so he’d have a chance to play in the fall.
Well, he could still work his way on to the field – just not at quarterback.
Turner’s been the talk of spring practice ever since he made the move to wide receiver, giving Nebraska a much-needed spark at a position full of inexperienced players.
To run the kind of offense that the NU staff is envisioning, the Huskers will need more than just Brandon Kinnie at the receiver position. Maybe, Turner can eventually earn some on-field chances.
He’s apparently doing everything asked of him so far. His background as a QB is helping him adjust, according to receivers coach Rich Fisher.
“You’ve got a tremendous athlete who’s played the quarterback position,” Fisher said. “Once you understand that position, it’s a little bit easier to transition to play wide receiver, especially having started out in this offense.”
Turner’s emergence even caught the eye of Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne, who was asked on his radio show Wednesday to comment on the Arlington, Texas, product.
“Jamal is a very gifted athlete,” Osborne said on “Sports Nightly” on the Husker Sports Network. “I don’t know – it’s up to Bo (Pelini) and his staff – how much he’ll play, but from what I’ve seen of him, he has great talent. He’s obviously got speed. He’s got agility. He has excellent hands.”
Osborne added that he’s liked the progress of the entire receiving corps.
“On paper, a year ago, you’re losing Niles Paul and it looks like things maybe are going to be a little thin there,” he said. “But I’ve been pretty impressed with what I’ve seen out there. I think there’s some good athletes and some guys who can catch the ball and run with it.”