Jerry E. Turner became the starting offensive center for Texas Tech in his first varsity season in 1965. The Red Raider football team tied for second in the conference with a 5-2 record, had an overall record of 8-3, and played Georgia Tech in the post-season Gator Bowl. As a junior in 1966, he was again the starting offensive center, and his strong play earned him recognition on the All-Southwest Conference second team. In 1967, Jerry served as a co-captain of the Red Raiders, who were conference runners-up with a 5-2 record. Described as a perennial iron man in Tech's forward wall, he was recognized as the consensus All-Southwest Conference first team offensive center and was selected to play in the post-season Shriner North-South All-Star Game in Miami. Jerry received All-America honorable mention and was presented the Pete Cawthon Award as Tech's best all-around football player, the Gold Helmet Award as the outstanding lineman for the season, and the Sportsmanship Award, based on the votes of his teammates. In 1984, long after he had completed his football career, he was recognized as the offensive center on the Silver Anniversary honor team selected from among Texas Tech's best players for the 25-year period from 1960-1984. As a graduating senior, Jerry also received Academic All-America honorable mention recognition, and he was one of 25 graduates across the country to receive a $9,000 scholarship to the Vanderbilt University Law School, where he received his J.D. degree in 1971. As a Garland High School senior and a two-way player in 1962, Jerry was named in 1984 as the center on the all-time high school football team for Garland schools selected by the The Garland News.