Posted on: November 30, 2010 10:34 am
Edited on: November 30, 2010 10:38 am
Posted by Chip Patterson
As Nebraska prepares for one last shot at a Big 12 title, head coach Bo Pelini is having to prepare for the Oklahoma Sooners with an uncertain quarterback situation. Starting quarterback Taylor Martinez was forced to miss the regular season finale against Colorado with turf toe, and on Monday Pelini said that the freshman's status for the Big 12 Championship game is officially "day-to-day." Nebraska would like nothing more than to say farewell to the Big 12 by getting redemption in Dallas after last year's heartbreaking last-second loss to Texas.
Martinez was replaced on Saturday by sophomore quarterback Cody Green. Green played well against the Buffs, completing 10 of 13 passes for 80 yards and two touchdowns. While Green displayed a little fancy footwork, rushing seven times for 23 yards and punching in a score on the ground in the fourth quarter to ice the game for the Huskers, he does not provide nearly the threat that the speedy Martinez does in the open field. However, Pelini did say on Monday that "it might be a combination of the two" quarterbacks against the Sooners.
Posted on: November 26, 2010 6:51 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Nebraska didn't have Taylor Martinez or Niles Paul available on Friday, but it didn't much need them. The Cornhuskers put an end to Colorado's post-Dan Hawkins win streak and killed the Buffaloes chances at a bowl game with an easy 45-17 victory in Lincoln. More importantly than ending Colorado's season, Nebraska clinched the Big 12 North with the win and will now be on its way to Dallas for its second straight trip to the Big 12 Championship Game.
Which will also be the last time Nebraska plays for a Big 12 title, seeing as how the school is bound for the Big Ten next season.
The Cornhuskers will now turn their attention to Stillwater, Oklahoma on Saturday night. That's where they'll likely find out whom their opponent will be in Dallas. Should Oklahoma State beat Oklahoma, then it'll be the Cowboys heading to Dallas. If the Sooners win, then things get a lot more complicated as the Sooners, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M would all be tied for first in the Big 12 South.
Which would meant that whichever team is ranked higher in the BCS standings will get to go to Dallas, and that team would likely be Oklahoma.
Posted on: November 26, 2010 6:50 pm
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Posted on: November 24, 2010 12:43 pm
Edited on: November 24, 2010 1:31 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Hey look! It's Nebraska news that doesn't involve either Bo Pelini or Carl Pelini apologizing for their behavior. Though that doesn't mean it's good news. Bo Pelini made the announcement on Wednesday that Nebraska's leading receiver Niles Paul hurt his foot during practice on Tuesday, and he's not going to be available for Friday's game against Colorado.
"His status for the rest of the season will be evaluated," said Pelini in a statement.
This could have a huge impact on the Nebraska offense against Colorado. There's still no word on whether Taylor Martinez will be available to play in the game, and Nebraska's offense has already struggled mightily since he hurt his ankle. Plus, when Martinez is out of the game, the 'Huskers can't rely as heavily on the ground game, and need to throw more to move the ball consistently.
Something that isn't easy to do if Paul is out of the game. He not only leads the team with 39 receptions for 516 yards and a touchdown this season, he also serves as the team's top return man on special teams. Making matters worse? The three names behind Paul on the depth chart -- Curenski Gilleylen, Tim Marlowe and Khiry Cooper -- don't have a single reception to their name this season.
Posted on: November 22, 2010 1:46 pm
Edited on: November 22, 2010 1:47 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
If you watched the game between Nebraska and Texas A&M on Saturday night, you had a front row seat to a special viewing of Bo Pelini bursting any ear drums that dared get within five feet of him. Pelini wasn't very happy with the officials on Saturday night, as his team was called for sixteen penalties in the game, compared to the two that were called on the Aggies.
Still, Pelini's rage and spittle weren't reserved solely for the officials. The cameras caught him tearing into quarterback Taylor Martinez on the sidelines after Martinez had returned from having his ankle looked at in the locker room. That incident led to some rumors that Martinez had quit the team on Sunday, which were refuted on Sunday night, and also led to Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman publically reprimanding the head coach about his behavior.
Now, unsurprisingly, Pelini is apologizing for the way he behaved on Saturday night. Pelini said that while he doesn't think it's wrong for a head coach to yell at officials during a game, he did believe it was wrong to "make it personal" and that on Saturday night he "let it get personal."
Personally, I don't find any of this to be that big of a deal. Football coaches have a tendency to yell at players and officials all the time, as I know I've been on the receiving end of such tirades myself. Plus, it's not like this is anything new from Pelini. I recall seeing him chew out Ndamukong Suh during a game against Virginia Tech in 2008, and Suh turned out just fine. Frankly, I think the only problem with any of this is the fact that it had been caught by cameras in a nationally televised game.
Posted on: November 21, 2010 11:44 pm
Edited on: November 22, 2010 12:28 am
Posted by Adam Jacobi
Over the last couple hours, the Internet has been abuzz with wild rumors that star Nebraska freshman quarterback Taylor Martinez had quit the team in the wake of the Huskers' 9-6 loss to Texas A&M -- and the epic chewing-out Martinez received from coach Bo Pelini -- on Saturday.
Back away from the cliff, though, Huskers fans; reports of Martinez's demise are likely greatly exaggerated. Here's what WOWT 6 in Omaha has just reported that while Martinez hasn't quit the team, he has likely broken a serious team rule:
Following this report, Pelini told the Omaha World-Herald (in typically brusque fashion) that Martinez is, in fact, still a Husker:
In all likelihood, this situation isn't fully resolved yet; if Martinez missed a mandatory team meeting, then he likely faces some sort of discipline, so even though he's on the team, his status for the Colorado game still needs to be specifically addressed. But that's a lot different than "has quit the team," so let's actually wait for that to happen before speculating about it.
Posted on: November 20, 2010 9:06 pm
Edited on: November 20, 2010 9:06 pm
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.
Posted on: November 10, 2010 12:48 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
Like a lot of high-profile quarterbacks this season (oh hey Denard Robinson ), the health of Taylor Martinez has been something of a weekly guessing game ever since he injured his ankle in a win against Missouri . But after "T-Magic" was a late scratch from last week's barnburning 31-30 win over Iowa State , it appears there won't be a whole lot of guessing this week : he's in:
Nebraska offensive coordinator Shawn Watson said he expects freshman quarterback Taylor Martinez to be 100 percent for Saturday’s game against Kansas.Martinez's health is of even greater importance since backup Zac Lee , who relieved Martinez in the Huskers' lone loss of the season against Texas, is also banged-up.
Or at least, it would be if the Huskers weren't facing Kansas , either the worst team in the Big 12 or the team that needed a 35-point fourth-quarter comeback to beat the worst team in the Big 12, Colorado . If the combination of Cody Green and wildcat quarterback Rex Burkhead worked well enough to eke out a victory over ISU on the road, they would almost certainly be enough against the Jayhawks at home.
All the same, the sooner Martinez returns, the sooner he knocks off the rust that the Huskers won't be able to afford in next week's tricky trip to Texas A&M , much less a Big 12 championship showdown with Oklahoma or Oklahoma State . Even against Kansas, Nebraska needs him back to 100 percent if at all possible. Good thing that appears to be the case ... this week.