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2010 May 24
30/1980 BEST PLAYERS: No. 7
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No. 7 Quarterback Turner Gill (1981-1983)
The biggest compliment you could give just about any athlete is that he made it look effortless. Gill did that and then some. Always quick, but rarely in a hurry, Gill was the first true option quarterback of Tom Osborne’s tenure - Osborne beat out Oklahoma’s Barry Switzer for Gill’s services - and the straw that stirred an incredible offensive drink. He wasn’t the most amazing of the Triplets - his name is still to come on the list - but Gill was the template for confident, steely leadership.
Taking over the starting role midway through his sophomore season at NU, Gill finished his career with 3,317 yards passing and 1,593 yards rushing. He accounted for 52 touchdowns, and served as engineer of the 1983 “Scoring Explosion” squad that ranks among the best offenses in college football history.
Best of all, he never lost to Oklahoma.
Elusive and possessing an excellent touch on the football, Gill stands as Osborne’s best pass/run threat at quarterback. Only 2.57 percent of his passes were ever intercepted. And yet two games - a controversial 1982 loss to Penn State and the 1984 Orange Bowl - prevented Gill from ever winning a national title as a player. Neither loss was Gill’s fault; the Penn State game, in fact, was one of his more memorable performances, with 239 yards passing.
He made up for it as quarterbacks coach of Tommie Frazier and Scott Frost winning in 1994, 1995 and 1997. He recently became head coach of Kansas after returning Buffalo to some measure of respectability.
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