Tag:Taylor Martinez
Posted on: October 9, 2010 11:36 pm

What I learned from the Big 12 (Oct. 9)

Posted by Tom Fornelli

1. Texas Tech really needs to stop trying onside kicks.   Seriously, last week the Red Raiders attempted an onside kick late in the fourth quarter and trailing Iowa State by seven points.  The kick was recovered by Iowa State and taken back 42 yards for a touchdown.  So what did Tommy Tuberville learn this week?  Nothing.  He tried an onside kick in the first quarter of Tech's win over Baylor, and this one was returned 38 yards for another touchdown.   Tuberville already faces the tough task of winning over Texas Tech fans after the firing of Mike Leach, and decisions like these aren't going to help.

2. The Big 12 North will be decided on October 30.   There isn't much mystery to the Big 12 North this season.  The fact of the matter is that Kansas, Colorado, Iowa State and Kansas State are terrible, and that the only two teams who have a chance to represent the division in the Big 12 title game are Nebraska and Missouri. What I know about those teams is that Nebraska has a couple impressive wins -- and one not so impressive win over South Dakota State -- and that Missouri hasn't really beaten anybody besides Illinois this season. 

3. Jerrod Johnson will drive you crazy.  Against Oklahoma State last week, Jerrod Johnson threw four interceptions, but aside from those mistakes he actually played pretty well.  I mean, the Aggies had a chance to win that game.  This week Johnson was the total opposite.  He only turned the ball over once against Arkansas, but didn't take advantage of a defense that did a pretty nice job of stopping Arkansas after a terrible performance against the Cowboys.  Johnson completed only 15-of-40 pass attempts, which is just, well, that's just awful.  You're supposed to get better during your senior season, not revert to freshman form.

4. Taylor Martinez can bounce back.  After the first three weeks of Nebraska's season, Taylor Martinez had Cornhusker fans comparing him to Eric Crouch.   Then the South Dakota State game happened.  Martinez had a nightmare performance in that game, but after a week off he bounced back big time against Kansas State on Thursday night.  I'm not sure he's Eric Crouch just yet, but the Magic Man may be enough to get Nebraska one last Big 12 title before taking off to the Big Ten.
Posted on: September 23, 2010 2:45 pm

Pelini: No plans on limiting Martinez carries

Posted by Chip Patterson

Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez has been nothing short of outstanding three games into the 2010 season.  The true freshman won the starting job over Cody Green and Zac Lee, and has been running wild ever since.  

Martinez has thrown the ball only 43 times all season, mostly because of all the damage he does on his feet.  He has rushed 40 times for 421 yards and eight touchdowns through the Huskers first three games.  That is twice as many touchdowns and almost twice the carries of Roy Helu, Jr., Nebraska's starting running back.  Many coaches tend to stay away from allowing their quarterback to run that often, but head coach Bo Pelini does not seem concerned.

“That's why you have three guys, and three guys you have confidence in,” Pelini said. “When you're going to run the quarterback some, he's going to take some hits. I know he's tough.”
Those three guys of course are Martinez, Green, and Lee, all who have significant game experience under their belt.  Pelini has even been using a system where Green takes over as quarterback for at least one series in the first half.  Green had a fumble lead to a touchdown during his second quarter series against Washington, but according to the staff the game plan has not changed for Saturday.  Expect to see Green on the field at some point in the first half.

If Martinez continues to run to the way he has been, the Huskers may put themselves in the unique position of having a chance to win the Big 12 Championship during their last season in the conference.  

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Posted on: September 22, 2010 10:30 am
Edited on: September 22, 2010 10:55 am

Locker: Nebraska D is 'best I've seen'

Posted by Chip Patterson

When Washington hosted Nebraska on Saturday, many people put the No. 8 Huskers on upset alert.  After all, it was the first true road test for freshman quarterback Taylor Martinez, and the Huskies were in need of a benchmark win heading into conference play after starting the season with an embarrassing 23-17 loss to BYU.

Nebraska was still favored to win, but few people expected to see the 56-21 dismantling of Washington in Seattle.  Huskies quarterback Jake Locker, a preseason Heisman hopeful, was held to the worst game of his career; completing only 4 of 20 passes for 71 yards and being picked off twice by the Nebraska defense.  It was a sign that the "black shirts" of old may be reincarnated in the 2010 Nebraska squad.  Locker even admitted to the Seattle Times that it was one of the best defenses he'd ever played against at Washington.
"Yeah, [Nebraska's defense] was probably the best one I've seen since I've been in school here. They played really well and we reverted back to some things that we haven't been doing the first couple of weeks, mistakes and mental errors that will cost you against a football team like that."Nebraska's defense was stellar, but they were also helped by 287 yards of total offense from Taylor Martinez.  The true freshman ran for three touchdowns and threw for another, including a back-breaking 80 yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage in the second half.  Martinez has thrown for at least 100 yards and rushed for at least 120 yards in each of his first three career games.  Eyebrows were raised when he was named the starter over Zac Lee and Cody Green, but no one is doubting Bo Pellini's decision now.  

Nebraska hosts South Dakota State on Saturday before kicking off conference play with a Thursday night showdown in Manhattan against Kansas State.  If the Huskers defense continues to frustrate opponents and Martinez continues to produce, it could set up a Big 12 battle for the ages when Nebraska travels to Austin to face Texas on October 16.

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