There’s nothing like a little bit of bulletin board material a few days leading up to a big game. That’s exactly what Wisconsin defensive end David Gilbert did for Nebraska during his recent interview with ESPN.
He had some choice words for Huskers quarterback Taylor Martinez, who is off to one of the best starts for any quarterback in the B1G this season. Martinez leads the conference with a quarterback rating of 180.9 and has turned heads with his new ability to throw the football. However, he doesn’t look all that different to the Badgers Gilbert.
“I’m not convinced,” Gilbert said Wednesday night. “The one game he didn’t play very well in they lost to UCLA. You’ve got to look at who they’ve played. We’re definitely going to bring it. It’s Big Ten season.”
That it is. Big Ten season begins this week and the Huskers will host the Badgers in a primetime matchup under the lights in Lincoln. Nebraska will have the crowd on their side and Martinez will be sure to be ready for whatever Wisconsin throws at him. He’s been completing 71 percent of his passes and thrown nine touchdowns to one interception.
Gilbert didn’t play in Wisconsin’s 48-17 win over Nebraska last season, but he’s still not buying in to Martinez’s new throwing ability.
“It still looks like he’s skipping rocks out there to me,” he said. “He still can’t throw. I’m just going to say it. He still can’t throw. He’s not going to beat us with his arm.”
This will be a true test to see if Martinez has improved throwing the football.
Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.