Published Wednesday, March 30, 2011 AT 10:47 PM / Updated at 10:48 PM
Trying something new
Jon Nyatawa Omaha World-Herald

True freshman Jamal Turner is apparently getting a chance at wide receiver and senior Curenski Gilleylen is learning to play running back.

Turner, recruited as a quarterback, tweeted this Wednesday: “First day at WR and I did pretty good.” The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder from Arlington, Texas, can be seen in this clip catching passes from the NU quarterbacks during the team’s fifth practice of the spring.

Gilleylen has the second-most career catches among returning NU receivers (behind Brandon Kinnie), but he was in the middle of running back drills Wednesday, according to this video.

Wednesday’s practice was closed to the media. The next interview opportunity for reporters is Friday, so we’ll have to wait until then to find out more about the Turner and Gilleylen experiments. Stay tuned.

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