Posted by Tom Fornelli
Poor, Taylor Martinez. If only he could use some of that T-Magic of his to miraculously cure the ankle injury that's been bugging him for weeks. Maybe then he wouldn't be spending his Saturday night getting roughed up in College Station. Martinez's night started with a cut on his right arm that was bleeding so badly officials had to keep asking him to wipe the blood off with a towel.
Then Martinez got his right ankle stepped on by his own center, Gino Caputo. Martinez was stepping up in the pocket while Caputo was getting pushed back, and Caputo stepped directly onto Martinez's ankle, bending it awkwardly. Martinez then hopped off the field gingerly before trainers told him to lay down during the first quarter.
After being attended to on the sidelines for a bit, Martinez walked -- slowly -- to the Nebraska locker room. X-rays taken on his ankle were negative, and word is that he is going to try to return to the game. Though how successful that attempt will be, remains to be seen. You have to figure that his mobility -- which is his greatest strength -- is going to be severely limited.
Which isn't good news for the Nebraska offense, as they haven't managed to do much without Martinez. What is good news for the 'Huskers is that Texas A&M hasn't done anything at all against the Nebraska defense, as Nebraska leads 3-0 early in the second quarter.