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Here are a couple of the more interesting twitter status updates from media about the practices and the happenings around the program right now.  But first former player @Ryanklachko comments because he has apparently had some flak for his decision to leave the program:

This wasn’t about being “lazy” or not fitting a mold. Im a lot of things and lazy is not one of them.

From @swmckewonOWH:

Freshman RB Imani Cross spent 15 minutes after practice taking option pitches from freshman WR Jordan Nelson. #huskers

Pretty interesting prospect, as Bo Pelini has been weary of trickery for the last two years.

Nebraska OC Tim Beck is "very impressed" with true freshman QB Tommy Armstrong so far.

Cue the calls to replace Taylor Martinez in 3... 2... 1...

From @HuskerExtraBC:

“My sister works in the White House, my brother’s a lawyer,” Abdullah said. “I demand a lot out of myself.” #Huskers

Anybody surprised that Abdullah has high expectations for himself?  Didn't think so.

Rodriguez is battling at right tackle along with Jeremiah Sirles. #Huskers

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Competition on the O-Line is excellent.  Two solid players adding depth at right tackle.

John Garrison said it seems that Rodriguez cares more now. "That's an extremely fair comment," Rodriguez said. #Huskers

Don't like hearing that at one point a player cared less than they did, but it is good news Rodriguez thinks that is a fair assessment.  That's growth.

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Very nice round up. And Bo Pelini thinks nothing good can come from Twitter…

A few reactions to your assessments -
The stuff about Cross taking option pitches from a guy listed as a WR isn’t necessarily an indicator of trick plays.  That’s just two players sticking around afterword to put in work and get better.

Nelson was a very productive running back at Burke in HS. He is probably helping tutor/teach his teammate some of the nuances of taking a pitch on the option.

About Rodriquez - love that the competition can make both players better and the team better. DEPTH!!!

And developing mental maturity (caring) is a big part of the college game. It’s easy to forget that these players are just kids. Did I always care as much as I *should* have when I was 19? Nope. Glad to see the maturation for this very talented player.

Didn’t I read somewhere that Rodriquez was a 5 star coming in? He’s a Nebraska kid isn’t he? When was the last time we produced a 5 star recruit from Nebraska?
Sometimes you learn more from these types of things than you do from interviews. They always seem to have canned answers in interviews. Can’t say I blame them with all the media people always trying to get reactions and “gotcha” questions thrown at them.
Why would anyone think that someone is going to replace Taylor Martinez when he’s a guy that is set to break every record in the books? I don’t get that. Where’s the leeway given? He was a freshman. He got hurt. It carried over to last year because he was still dinged up. Still breaking records. Working on his weaknesses. Threw extremely well in a few games. Only half his career over. Still one of teh better dual threat QB’s in college football. It would be insane to pull him. What’s so hard to see? What more can you ask?

“Why would anyone think that someone is going to replace Taylor Martinez when he’s a guy that is set to break every record in the books? I don’t get that. Where’s the leeway given? He was a freshman. He got hurt. It carried over to last year because he was still dinged up. Still breaking records. Working on his weaknesses. Threw extremely well in a few games. Only half his career over. Still one of teh better dual threat QB’s in college football. It would be insane to pull him. What’s so hard to see? What more can you ask?”

Thanks PE. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

I think sometimes we hold our QBs up to near impossible standards because we’ve been so blessed over the years.

Injuries or no, T-Magic will be one of the best QBs in Husker history when all is said and done. As far as wins/losses go, a lot of that has to be shouldered by the lack of consistent defensive play over the last 2 seasons.

Tom, I know you weren’t necessarily calling for Taylor’s head in this article, but I’m going to take this a step further with a career statistical QB comparison.

QB A: Passing: 48%, 2848 yds, 18 TD, 22 INT
Rushing: 2573 yds (5.0 avg), 24 TD

QB B: Passing: 57%, 3720 yds, 23 TD, 15 INT
Rushing: 1839 yds (5.3 avg), 21 TD

QB C: Passing 51%, 4481 yds, 29 TD, 25 INT
Rushing: 3434 yds (5.3 avg), 59 TD

QB D: Passing 49%, 3626 yds, 44 TD, 13 INT
Rushing: 2154 yds (6.0 avg), 38 TD

On the surface these guys are all quite comparable.

So, who are these mystery men?

QB A: Jammal Lord (2 seasons as starter)
QB B: Taylor Martinez (2 seasons)
QB C: Eric Crouch (4 seasons)
QB D: Tommie Frazier (4 seasons)

Passing comparison: Taylor is by FAR the most accurate QB. He is also ahead by quite a bit in the yards per season category. He’s on pace to finish with over 7400 yards. That’s just if he maintains his current pace. Lord threw too many picks but other than that these numbers are all quite comparable in terms of yards/TDs per season. You also have to take in to account that Lord was playing from behind in many of those games. That’s something that neither Frazier or Crouch ever had to deal with. Those two really only threw when they wanted to. Remember why Pelini was hired in the first place? Lord’s 7-7 season as a starter was not a result of his play, but the 24 ppg the defense gave up that year. Taylor is in much of the same boat. If you were to give him any of the defenses that Crouch or Frazier had, I’ll bet Taylor’s numbers would be even better given better field position forced by the defenses.

Rushing comparison: Nearly identical in terms of ypc with the exception of Frazier’s ridiculous 6.0. That guy really was an option wizard. Crouch averaged just under 15 TD’s rushing a season. 15 in a season is not unattainable for Taylor. He’s at 10.5 per season now. Had Lord been a 4 year starter he probably would have passed Tommie’s 38 rushing TD’s. With the exception of Lord at 1286 yards per season, Crouch, Frazier and Taylor are all right around that 900 yard mark per season.

Now, I know that Crouch wasn’t the starter for his entire freshman season and that Frazier missed a lot of his junior season, but Taylor played hurt for the latter part of his freshman year and was playing hesitant for most of his sophomore year. My point being that no one was 100% for all of their playing time. It just goes to show how similar 4 QB’s can be yet be perceived in entirely different manners by the fan base. It really comes down to how good the defenses were during their time as starters.

I think we all need to sit back and enjoy what we’re experiencing right now with Taylor Martinez at quarterback. He has 2 full years of eligibility left and if he continues to get better he will be a dominating force come the end of this season and next year as he demolishes nearly all of NU’s QB records.

Just for clarification, I have been a T-Mart backer since the beginning.  It just seems like we’ve had a lot of flak on this site for posting the fact that he is a solid QB for this style of offense.  If you follow some of the twitterites that follow the accounts above, some people are already saying “give him a shot!”  Nodak, you’ll probably see that I’ve posted those same numbers in some of my articles this year.

Thanks Tom, I’m with you 100%!

It just bothers me how many fans can be so wishy washy when it comes to T-Magic’s quarterbacking. I don’t always post here but I read Big Red Network nearly every day along with the Omaha World Herald and the Lincoln Journal Star and sometimes I get caught up reading the idiotic comments that people throw out there after some of the articles like your “Give him a shot!” reference yet I find that I can’t stop reading the comments.

It’s too bad that our fan base can be so short sighted at times and it’s no wonder that Bo and TO get on us about lack of support when we’re at home.

On a positive note, I can’t wait for the season to start. September 1st can’t get here soon enough!

So Beck is impressed with Armstrong.  Where do Carnes, Broekemeier, Kellogg, Fyfe fit in?  Is Carnes still #2?  Are the others just warm bodies?

That stat comparison was excellent. It ought to be required reading for all Husker fans. And don’t forget how many drops our WRs had last year and the year before. He needs some help from a WR from time to time too. I think many people fail to realize how lucky we are to have Taylor. IMO, his biggest “problem” is how he handles the press. If he was more outgoing and likeable, he’d be a media darling. Not judging, just an observation. I think Rex’s legend is as much his personality as his athleticism. He makes you want to root for him. Then he goes out plays his a$$ off. When Taylor lets the fans/press define him as a person, he leaves himself open for all these negative descriptions.
I personally think he’s a great QB and wish him the best this season. Hopefully he’ll have Freshman legs and Junior’s arm. If so, the B1G better watch out.

Some really nice work done with the comparisons…had me going for a minute there…may I respectfully throw in a thought that lends itself to the discussion of how truly effective Taylor is (or could be)?  While the point about our defensive struggles has a lot of merit, I can’t help but wonder how well Martinez would be viewed by most fans if he had ever had a decent offensive line to help him out…can you imagine what his numbers would look like if he had the same line Tommie Frazier had?  You do remember Touchdown Tommie went an entire year without being sacked once?  (Forgive me while I drool all over myself for a moment)  Prediction:  by the time November rolls around, scribes will be comparing Taylor with the likes of Denard Robinson,and, our reluctant Mr. Martinez will find himself facing the media much more than he likes.  Lastly,to all of you great people at BigRedNetwork,  here’s hoping you have a great season!!

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