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#3 Taylor Martinez

Jr QB 6-1 200 lbs

Hometown: Corona, CA
Previous School: Centennial
Recruited By: Carl Pelini
Recruiting Class: 2009

What Now?

While there have been a number of post-mortems offered in the aftermath of Nebraska's embarrassing loss to Wisconsin, there comes a point where you stop looking backward and need to look forward.  Fans may be split on the wisdom of retaining Bo Pelini as the head football coach or moving …

Wisconsin Means Everything

Nebraska has two weeks to prepare for the most important game of the season.  On paper, it appears that Wisconsin is likely to win the remaining games on their schedule and represent the Big Ten West in the Big Ten Championship game.  The team with the best opportunity to prevent …

The Script for Victory

If Nebraska rushes for 300 yards and doesn't turn the ball over, victory is all but assured at Michigan State.  But can it be that easy?  And how likely is that?  In the three most recent meetings with Michigan State, NU has not played a turnover free game and only …

Sam McKewon Criticism of Running Game Overstated

When you seek to generate content during a long offseason, sometimes you have to go deep into obscure topics if you want to provide something both original and meaningful.  Give Sam McKewon points in his recent article stating that the Huskers didn't run well enough against winning teams for something …

MaLLLLaise

If malaise can be defined as a general discomfort or uneasiness, or being "out of sorts".  Then "maLLLLaise" is the general discomfort that comes from a Groundhog day of four loss seasons that seems to have no end in sight.  Regular visitors to this site have clearly sensed a wane …

Gauging the NFL Opportunities for Departing Huskers

In addition to the three Nebraska players drafted by the NFL over the weekend, several were signed as undrafted free agents.  Simply signing with a team or even being drafted is no assurance that you'll make a team's roster.  Here's a closer look at the outlook for these rookies. …

Personnel Issues Abound Around Draft Time

The NFL draft is center stage both nationally and for those who would like to see whether Husker cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste will be selected tonight.  While the fate of Jean-Baptiste and other prospects are center stage, there are other NU personnel issues swirling about in both football and basketball. …

Bad Quarterback, Good Team?

It's hard to recall a recent season where there's been less enthusiasm going in about the quarterback position.  In 2009, Nebraska probably saw its worst performances at quarterback and yet had its best season under Bo Pelini.  Is that just an odd fluke or might there actually be some strange …

Carl Pelini Returning to Nebraska

Sports Illustrated has shared Carl Pelini's version of events that led to his termination from Florida Atlantic.  While it probably won't satisfy everyone that he is innocent of allegations that he'd used drugs, it makes the possibility seem more plausible.  Perhaps more interesting was the revelation that he'll be moving …

What to Make of Jamal Turner at Quarterback

It's hard to take the move of Jamal Turner to quarterback as a vote of confidence for the other options Nebraska has at the position.  Whether he's meant to be a Wildcat quarterback, a backup, or a potential starter, it doesn't send the message that the Huskers have an over-abundance …

Is it Better to Be Lucky or Good?

It goes without saying that the amount of success that Nebraska has on the field in 2014 will have a great deal to do with the play of their quarterback.  But the fickle finger of fate has a way of nudging teams toward victory or defeat that can't really be …

What Does NU Need from Tommy Armstrong in 2014?

It goes without saying that quarterback is a very important position on a football team, if not the most vital one.  That said, how much do we really know about Tommy Armstrong heading into 2014?  What do we need him to do for NU to win 9 games or to …

Will a Healthier 2014 Spell More Victories for NU?

Among college football guru Phil Steele's number crunching activities is a count for each team of starts lost to injury.  He's found that teams that are hit especially hard by injury one year tend to fare better in that department the following year and also see their win-loss record improve.  …

Bo Should Stay (No Matter What Happens Today)

In a few hours, Nebraska will finish the regular season with what should be a hard-hitting game against a physically sound opponent.  Some people think that whether or not Bo Pelini gets a ninth win in the game should determine whether he remains the coach of the Huskers.  Regardless of …

Give Thanks for Abdullah the All-Timer

With 1,483 rushing yards, Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah is on pace to have the most prolific season by a running back since the glory days.  If he holds to his per game average, Abdullah will finish with the third best rushing season in Nebraska history behind only Mike Rozier's Heisman campaign …

Saluting the Seniors

This year's Senior day for Nebraska won't be quite the one expected prior to the season.  By this point, Taylor Martinez was supposed to own every major quarterback record (both rushing and passing) and guard Spencer Long was going to be on his way to perhaps an All-American season.  There …

Nebraska's Fumbles Away Conference Title Hopes to Michigan State

If you were told that Nebraska would amass close to 400 total yards and 28 points today, you would have thought they'd have had a good chance to win.  Add the minor detail of committing 5 turnovers while forcing none, and you'd realize the 28 points against the nation's top …

Michigan State and Nebraska by the Numbers

Michigan State's defense is good.  Like, real good.  So good, in fact, that there is not a lot to say that already has not been said.  But it bears repeating.  When a defense is this good, all the outside factors mean nothing.  Media, fans, and casual obversers of college football …

Worst Injury Season in Memory?

It's hard to think of a season where Nebraska has been hit so hard by injuries.  The 1998 season comes to mind where the Huskers lost Bobby Newcombe, Eric Crouch, DeAngelo Evans, Steve Warren, Kenny Cheatham, and Jason Wiltz over the course of the year.  After a promising 5-0 start, …

Should NU Sacrifice Balance to Avoid Turnovers?

For much of his head coaching career at Nebraska, Tom Osborne was criticized for being too conservative as a play caller.  It was not uncommon to see box scores where his team had thrown fewer than 15 passes.  It was along the lines of the old Darrell Royal quote, "Three …

Line Moving Toward Northwestern

When the betting lines opened for Nebraska versus Northwestern, NU was favored by seven and a half points.  Over the course of the week though, that lead shrank to just 6 points.  Why the change in such a short time?

Twitter News Roundup

Good news and bad news this week coming out of Lincoln after nearly a week of every media outlet trying to assess the state of the program.  The Minnesota loss lent itself to much debate, and now, there appears to be some action from the coaches on both sides of …

Moving On Without Martinez

The misinformation about injuries for Nebraska continues.  It now appears that what's been called a turf toe injury has been something else (though presumably it involved NU quarterback Taylor Martinez's toe or toes).  Add to that a hip pointer for Taylor, which may sound fairly benign but can be debilitating …

Defense, Mistakes Doom Nebraska at Minnesota

  The Huskers may have been hoping for one more easy game heading into a tough stretch of Big Ten football.  They wouldn't get it however, as Minnesota played inspired football for 4 quarters to surprise NU.  The Golden Gophers rushed for 263 yards and were efficient in the passing game …

Is It Too Quiet Heading Into Minnesota Game?

You can go at least as far back to the 1934 film the Lucky Texan (a title that should give any Husker fan chills) and you'll find the oft-repeated line "it's quiet, too quiet".  Is that the feeling we should have heading into the game with Minnesota?  Everyone's predicting an …

Reading Between the Lines with Martinez

It's fair to say that this week is the best opportunity to see Taylor Martinez start at quarterback for Nebraska since the UCLA game.  That hardly makes it a lock that he'll play.  As NU offensive coordinator Tim Beck put it, his participation is a "gametime-type deal".  That statement alone …

Can Minnesota Be Competitive Against Nebraska?

Unlike a number of Big Ten programs, Minnesota actually has a fairly sizeable football history with Nebraska.  There have been 53 games between the schools, including more than a dozen games in the last half century.  But not since before Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon have the Golden …

Minnesota's Upset of Northwestern Changes Perceptions

The Golden Gophers have been a team that is easy to overlook.  Prior to last weekend, their schedule made you question whether they'd win a single conference game.  While the team will still need to pull an upset somewhere to become bowl eligible, their victory at Northwestern makes this team …

Greater Injury Impact: Spencer Long or Taylor Martinez

The worst thing to come out of the game against Purdue last Saturday was the injury to Spencer Long.  He will be out for the season.  For now, he will likely be replaced with Junior Mike Moudy and a potential rotation of Sophomores Givens Price and Ryne Reeves.  Like the …

Why Is Nebraska Only a Two Touchdown Favorite at Purdue

Nebraska usually gets the benefit of the doubt from the Vegas crowd.  Part of having a big brand name is that people will pay a premium for it.  Most weeks, that means the Huskers have to win by a greater margin to keep the betting even than you might have …

Nebraska Earns Measure of Redemption Versus Illinois

The parallels were eerie.  Nebraska held an 18-point lead at home over an opponent with most of the game remaining on a windy day.  That opponent featured an experienced dual-threat quarterback with the ability to score points quickly.  Taylor Martinez was dinged up.  Three weeks ago (against UCLA), what followed …

Reading Between the Lines - Martinez Won't Play

Bo Pelini was non-committal in his weekly press conference Monday.  But one quote seemed awfully revealing about the status of Taylor Martinez for this week's homecoming game against Illinois.

Taylor's Turf Toe Timeline

When it comes to injury information, there's very little you can take away from any comments that head coach Bo Pelini makes.  If he tells you a player is out, they're out.  Anything else is suspect.  What we do know is that starting quarterback Taylor Martinez hasn't been practicing.  Until …

Husker Fans May Get Glimpse of Post-Martinez Future

There have been a number of frustrations for Nebraska fans in recent years.  Often, the defense has been the source of pain, other times it's been the offense that's the sore point.  One lightning rod for the offensive irritation has been quarterback Taylor Martinez.  While he's made big plays with …

Nebraska Defense Doubles Effort Versus Southern Miss

Nebraska fans wanted improvement from the Husker defense.  And they got it.  NU gave up fewer than half as many yards (279), points (13), and first downs (16) as they did in the opener and nabbed twice as many interceptions (4).

Huskers Hang On Against Wyoming

<span style="font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">More than 91,000 fans packed in to the newly expanded Memorial Stadium to watch Nebraska win their season opening game, something they've done every year since 1985. Head Coach </span>Bo Pelini's 50th win as Nebraska's coach ended much closer than nearly anyone predicted. Pelini's Cornhuskers …

How Much Should Wyoming Protect Brett Smith?

Those who have scouted Wyoming are in harmony about who is the team's most valuable player.  It's quarterback Brett Smith and there probably isn't a close second.  Not only does any hope of beating Nebraska rest on Smith, but so do the hopes for a bowl season.  Cowboy head coach …

It's Enunwa Business

Two years ago, Quincy Enunwa made a simple grab along the sideline, then just shook off the corner trying to tackle him and made a nice gain. My wife (ever the football lover) asked emphatically, "who is THAT guy?" My reply: it's Enunwa business. That was just a preview of coming …

Should NU Fans Temper Offensive Expectations?

With so much experience returning from a Nebraska offense that was very good a year ago, it's natural to expect another good year on that side of the ball.  Since players tend to improve with age, there are those forecasting huge things for 2013.  But might there be reasons not …

Huskers Set to Improve on Both Sides of the Ball

We have to plead guilty to cribbing a lot from Phil Steele in the offseason.  He does so many analyses of college football teams in so many different ways, there's a lot to be learned.  In the past week, he's released which teams he expects to be the most improved …

Ameer Abdullah to Win Big Ten Rushing Title?

Among the offseason topics being kicked around is who might win the rushing title in the Big Ten in 2013.  Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah's name has come up along with OSU's Carlos Hyde, and Northwestern's Venric Mark (among others).  Abdullah certainly has the talent to compete for the rushing …

Minnesota Might Be Better Than You Think

So far, Nebraska's two outings against Minnesota as a member of the Big Ten have been one-sided.  The Huskers scored the first 34 points in 2011 and the first 38 in 2012.  Should we expect 2013 to be any different?

UCLA Game May Define Season

It's not a stretch to say that Nebraska fans are tired of seeing their team lose four times (or more) in a season.  This year the schedule is a bit kinder, though defensive concerns make losing four games again a real possibility.  The November 9th game at Michigan will probably …

UCLA Loses Owa for 2013

Defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa was the top-rated target for both UCLA and Nebraska's 2010 recruiting class.  The Bruins won that particular face-off which may well have been a decisive factor in UCLA's victory over the Huskers in 2012.  The senior reportedly underwent hip surgery that will require him to sit …

Huskers Add Defensive Back Recruit

Jason Hall has become the second player to give Nebraska an oral commitment to the class of 2014.  Hall is a 6'2" defensive back prospect out of Grand Prairie, Texas.  His only other offer so far came from North Texas but Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Ole Miss were all beginning …

Athlon Editors Pick Michigan

It's perhaps not too surprising that Michigan is Athlon's early favorite in the Legends division for 2013.  They get defending champion Nebraska at home and neither Northwestern nor Michigan State will likely be favored against the Wolverines even as they get to host UM in their home stadiums.  Should Michigan …

First Round Brings Flashbacks

As you watched the latter part of the first round of the NFL draft unfold, you saw some names of players that Nebraska faced in 2012 getting selected.  Every one of those players played for a team that beat the Huskers last season.  You could point to coaching, to schemes, …

Kenny Bell on Pace to Set Records

In two seasons, Nebraska wideout Kenny Bell has caught 82 passes for 1,324 yards and 11 touchdowns.  If he duplicated that production over the next two seasons, he would become NU's all-time leader in receiving yards and finish second only to Johnny Rodgers in receiving touchdowns.  If instead, he duplicates …

Athlon Big Ten Quarterback Rankings Good Omen for NU

If there's one position on the field where you want to better than your opponent, it's quarterback.  If you believe Athlon's ranking of Big Ten quarterbacks, then the Huskers should take the field with the better quarterback in every conference game this season.  Athlon previously gave NU QB Taylor Martinez …

Getting a Read on the Zone Read

The zone read has been a frequent component of the Husker offense under Bo Pelini.  When you look at highlights involving the returning Huskers (Taylor Martinez, Ameer Abdullah, Imani Cross) you don't necessarily see the play have the same impact it did with Roy Helu and Rex Burkhead.  Is it …

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  • First-Team Freshman All-American (Rivals.com)
  • Second-Team Freshman All-American (CollegeFootballNews.com)
  • Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year (Coaches, Rivals.com)
  • Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year (AP, Dallas Morning News, Kansas City Star, San Antonio News-Express, Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
  • Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 (Coaches, AP)
  • Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Semifinalist (1 of 16)
  • Maxwell Award Semifinalist (1 of 16)
  • Manning Award Midseason Watch List Addition
  • Walter Camp National Player of the Week (Oct. 23 at Oklahoma State)
  • Four-Time Rivals.com National Freshman of the Week (WKU, UW, KSU, OSU)
  • Two-Time Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week (at Kansas State, at Oklahoma State)
  • School Record Single-Game Rushing Yards by a Quarterback (241 at Kansas St., Oct. 7)