Nebraska Cornhuskers: Passing Keys To Season

By Paul Troupe

Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Taylor Martinez has been scrutinized daily over everything from his running to his throwing motion. It has already been stated that Martinez has been receiving help for his throwing motion, but Martinez must improve on all levels of his passing.

If Martinez is going to improve in just a single area, which area of his would be the most important? The crossing route? The deep ball? The out routes?

To me, I think the single most important route that Martinez must improve on is the deep ball. Defenses do not respect Martinez’s passing, nor do they respect his ability to throw the deep ball.

If Martinez is going to improve this area, how much will it help the Huskers?

First of all, defenses are going to have to respect the play action. When Martinez fakes to Rex Burkhead or Ameer Abdullah, the safeties and linebackers will either hold or creep in, allowing Kenny Bell, Quincy Enunwa, or another Husker receiver to slide right on by. If Martinez makes the throw, it is an easy touchdown for the Huskers.

Secondly, it forces the safeties and linebackers to stay just an extra yard or two back. That leaves not just Martinez, but also Burkhead and Abdullah more room to run.

Thirdly, because of the exact same reason, cornerbacks will play just an extra yard or two off of the receivers. Running a three step drop with a slant pattern could turn into a big play for the Huskers. If the corner is playing aggressive, a simple pump-and-go route could also lead to a big play.

Just one pass that Martinez completes better could turn into a lot of benefits for the Huskers. With just a few short weeks, we will see how this new throwing motion and subsequent passes turn out.

Paul Troupe is the lead writer for the Nebraska Cornhuskers and San Antonio Spurs, while covering many major sports for RantSports. You can follow him on Twitter @gamin4HIM

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