Class of 1980

Turner Gill

HometownFt. Worth, TX
High schoolArlington Heights

Jerry Tagge, Tommie Frazier, Scott Frost and others had a hand in national championships, but Turner Gill also belongs on Nebraska's Mount Rushmore of quarterbacks.

In his three years as the Husker starter, he teamed with, among others, "Triplets" Mike Rozier and Irving Fryar in an offense that wreaked havoc. In Gill’s senior season of 1983, NU averaged 546.7 yards of total offense and 52 points a game — while coming up a point short of a national title when a late two-point conversion pass failed against Miami in the Orange Bowl.

Gill led the Huskers to Big Eight championships in all three seasons as a starter, and he was all-conference each year. He accounted for 52 career touchdowns: 34 passing and 18 rushing.

His Husker legacy goes beyond those three years — and beyond football. He batted .284 as a Husker shortstop in 1983. He played three seasons of minor league baseball in the Cleveland organization after concussions ended a promising Canadian Football League career with Montreal in 1986. He was drafted in the 1984 supplemental draft that the NFL held for players that signed with the USFL and CFL out of college.

Gill served as an assistant football coach at Nebraska from 1992 through 2004. He helped develop quarterbacks Frazier and Eric Crouch.

After serving as an assistant coach and director of player development for the Green Bay Packers in 2005, Gill began his head coaching career at Buffalo in the Mid-American Conference. After four seasons there, he had the top job at Kansas for two years before taking over the top post at Liberty University.

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