Make no mistake, Jamal Turner is locked in at receiver.
But there are times when he still yearns to play quarterback.
"I still want to do it so bad," the Husker sophomore told reporters Monday. "You don't understand. I watch the quarterbacks. I don't even watch my position sometimes -- I'm watching the quarterbacks, thinking, 'All right, get your read, throw it here, throw it there ... I do miss it, I can't lie."
Does he envision himself ever going back to QB?
"Not now," he said. "Like toward the end of (last season), I was like, 'I didn't too good at receiver. Maybe I'll go back to quarterback where I'm comfortable.' "
Tim Marlowe's knowledge of the playbook gave him an edge over Turner last season. On the season, Turner caught 15 passes for 243 yards (16.2 yards per reception), but had only two receptions in the final eight games. Meanwhile, Marlowe had 12 catches for 113 yards (9.4), including 10 in the final eight games.
Turner, one of the nation's top dual-threat QBs at Sam Houston High in Arlington, Texas, didn't always respond well last season to the intense daily competition he faced in practice from the veteran Marlowe.
Turner sounds better prepared mentally this season.
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"I'm more confident," he said. "I feel like I'm an upperclassman. When Timmy goes in with the ones (first string) first, I'm like, 'Hey, I'm going in next.' I'm trying to compete for the spot.
"I'm going out there playing fast, playing hard, playing confident," Turner added. "If I am wrong, I'm going 100 percent. The coaches are fine with that."