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Nebraska receiver “thinks he’s Russell Wilson”

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Nebraska may not have the same sort of quarterback competition other programs have this spring. With Tommy Armstrong in the fold, the Huskers look to have their starter already figured out at the start of the spring practice season. this is not stopping the Huskers from trying out some different things though, including wide receiver Jamal Turner getting back to his quarterback roots.

”This spring is the time for us to experiment and maybe take it to a different level,” Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini said. ”He likes it. He thinks he’s Russell Wilson. Jamal isn’t lacking for confidence.”

Turner was recruited to Nebraska as a dual-threat quarterback but with Taylor Martinez in Lincoln the Huskers had their dual-threat option pretty much in place. Now with Martinez gone, Turner is getting some reps as quarterback this spring to give the Nebraska coaching staff some things to think about heading in to the 2014 season. Armstrong will likely remain the top quarterback, but if Turner can pull off some plays and prove to be confident under center then Nebraska may have some tricks up their sleeves in the fall. That is the plan.

”It just gives us some other options, some wildcat things,” Pelini said. ”He has quarterback in his background, so it’s not new to him. We’re going to give him significant reps at quarterback this spring and see where it is.”

When the fall comes around, Turner is probably more likely to stick to his receiver duties. He had 13 catches for 102 yards and a touchdown last season, and he could have a chance to have more of an impact this season

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9 Responses to “Nebraska receiver “thinks he’s Russell Wilson””
  1. rolltide510 says: Mar 8, 2014 6:12 PM

    Taylor Martinez is gone? Man, his 11 years of eligibility were just over in a flash.

  2. meatcarroll says: Mar 8, 2014 9:30 PM

    There is only one Russell Wilson.

  3. tuckfexas says: Mar 8, 2014 11:19 PM

    Tide, doesn’t that sound kind of dumb when you look and realize that he had the same amount of eligibility as everyone else?

  4. burgandy2260 says: Mar 9, 2014 12:49 AM

    Watch out for Stanton. He won’t sit idly aside.

  5. bender4700 says: Mar 9, 2014 1:55 AM

    Pulling for Stanton, as a kid from RSM it’s cool to see. But Turner could surprise people.

    I’m thinking he’s more of a wild cat QB than anything though.

    And Tuck, he clearly was kidding.

  6. dvdheg says: Mar 9, 2014 2:51 PM

    where’s the story about russell wilson?

  7. stpetejohnny says: Mar 9, 2014 4:37 PM

    Wilson fell into an excellent situation. Great O-line, excellent RB and top flight Defense.
    With most teams he wouldn’t even be getting much notice….he is average at best.
    Kaepernick fell into the same situation with SF….he is average at best.
    For some reasons people think these two guys are in Andrew Luck’s class….not even close.

  8. stepheninportland says: Mar 10, 2014 1:34 AM

    @stpetejohnny: I’ve watched every Seahawks game Wilson has played in in the last two years. Trust me, I’ve been watching football for 50 years, and this kid is the real deal.

    Yes, he has been put in a good position, but he has made the most of it. He has prospered and made the team better than it might have been with another QB under center. He goes through his progressions, reacts instinctively to pressure, and seldom forces a bad throw. His scrambling ability when a play breaks down is well documented, but he is always looking downfield. He reminds me of Fran Tarkington, only with a stronger arm.

    I guess we’ll see how the two stack up at the end of their careers. I believe it may be the usual subjective thing; who’s better Marino or Elway? Montana or Bradshaw? Starr or Unitas? Was it the player or the team?

    I use those match ups simply as examples, not to say that either Luck or Wilson are a lock for the HOF. They have a LOT of outstanding football ahead of them before they make that cut.

  9. huskeru says: Mar 10, 2014 2:19 PM

    Roll Tide 510, how does it feel to get absolutely ROLLED by Oklahoma? BTW, if Sabin is so smart how is it he had linemen and linebackers in on a play that obviously was going to result in a run back? The whole country loved it! BTW, Martinez started and played four years for Nebraska!

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