Bielema made the announcement Thursday, one day after Gilbert told ESPNMadison.com “It still looks like he’s skipping rocks out there,” referring to Martinez’s throwing ability. Martinez is completing 70.7% of his passes this season after working to improve his footwork and throwing motion in the offseason.
Gilbert, who missed the 2011 Big Ten Conference opener against Nebraska because of a broken foot, will now miss the start of the 2012 Big Ten opener Saturday at Nebraska. Gilbert most likely will not miss much more than the first play of the game.
“I want to make him understand that’s just not who we are,” Bielema said. And as far as Gilbert’s comments about Martinez skipping rocks, “He’ll be skipping rocks on the sideline with me for the first play,” Bielema added about Gilbert.
You gotta like a little humor from the intense head coach, but he’s clearly right in this situation. Wisconsin is in no place to be trash talking to a well respected Big Ten opponent. The Badgers haven’t beaten anyone worth mentioning this season and their offense has been nonexistent.
Nebraska has still yet to face tough competition minus UCLA, who they lost to out west. Martinez throwing ability will surely be tested against the Badgers secondary and you can bet Gilbert is going to try and get a good shot on him as many times as he can.
Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.