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LFSN Game On Looks Back at Turner Gill's Playing Career

July 1, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Long before he started coaching some of the best athletes in the country, Liberty Head Football Coach Turner Gill was one of them himself, excelling in both football and baseball.

Today's LFSN Game On feature explores Gill's outstanding collegiate career, which included him being a finalist for the Heisman Trophy award during his playing days in Nebraska (1980-83).

Gill guided the Cornhuskers to a 28-2 record and an unblemished 20-0 record in conference play. He led Nebraska to three straight Orange Bowl appearances, spotlighted by a win over LSU on Jan. 1, 1983.

Gill was a three-time Big Eight all-conference selection, earned second-team All-America honors and was a Heisman Trophy award finalist, where he finished fourth in the voting in 1983.

Gill was honored as the quarterback selection to the Big Eight Conference All-Decade Team (1980-89) and has been inducted into both the Nebraska Football and Orange Bowl Halls of Fame.

Gill was a gifted athlete who also played collegiate baseball for one season at Nebraska and earned All-Big Eight honors at shortstop. Out of high school, Gill was a second round draft pick in the 1980 MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox as a shortstop.

Following his collegiate career, Gill played two seasons in the Canadian Football League with Montreal (1984-85) and three years as a baseball player in the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers minor league systems (1986-88).

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