Think back to the game on Saturday. Was there really anything magical done by Taylor Martinez, or “T-Magic”? He had two long touchdown runs, but besides that? Taylor is still young, only a sophomore, and has plenty of room for growth. He can be a player that you love and hate at the same time. I was excited last year that he was named the starter, but expectations are high as always. There is going to be pressure placed on him, and it’s time for him to man up.
Taylor first needs to improve on his decision making, and desperately. There were a couple times where he decided to tuck and run for his life when there was an open receiver he could have thrown to. Some of the audibles Taylor called out didn’t work. The speed option is not always a bad play, but don’t make that your hot read. It’s a little obvious where your going.
T-Magic also needs to work on that accuracy. There were a couple of horribly thrown balls to receivers, passes that should have been easy. I do give him credit though, some of those quick passes were on target and were catchable. Though he didn’t have a great yard per attempt, or yard per completion average, he got the job done, albeit vs Tennessee Chattanooga and not a B1G team.
T-Magic needs to become money with his eyes. Too many times he was staring down receivers, allowing for the corners, safeties, and linebackers to jump in the throwing lane. He had one pass tipped by a linebacker that he somehow completely missed. I do understand that he’s not the tallest guy in the world, but come on, you have to see him.
For the Huskers to be a national contender, and a B1G contender, he needs to step his game up to the next level. Though he will not put up stats like Oklahoma State vs last year, he needs to be consistent at 150 passing yards, and a decent about rushing. Take what the defense is giving you, and burn them with it.