Taylor Martinez has a less than stellar rep so far the quarterback of the Nebraska Cornhuskers over the past two years. Martinez, who has started almost every single game since his freshmen year, has grown considerably over the past few years.
Husker fans, including myself, have been too quick to harp on Martinez after he makes one too many mistakes. Fans must remember that Martinez played quarterback for just two years before his first game at Nebraska.
Until this season, Martinez also has never had the same offense or offensive coordinator for two consecutive seasons. Martinez also worked this off-season with a quarterback coach, and both experiences and paying dividends.
Martinez did not excite with the stats, handing the ball off to Ameer Abdullah for most of the game. Martinez, when called upon, played well for most of the game, minus his ball handling issues.
With his latest performance, Martinez became just the second Cornhuskers in history to pass for over 4,000 yards and rush for more than 2,000 yards in their career.
The other? None other than Heisman trophy winner Eric Crouch.
I’m not saying Martinez is as good or better than Crouch, but it is hard to ignore the production he has given the team over the past three years.
Imagine this, in just his fifth year of playing quarterback, Martinez has a chance to rewrite Nebraska record books.
Not bad for a guy who many wished would be benched throughout last year.