The Nebraska Cornhuskers have been waiting for three long years to see Taylor Martinez mature into a professional and top-tier quarterback, but the QB has failed to reach that plateau. Hopefully Martinez can piece it all together in his senior season, because the Cornhuskers will be in a world of trouble without a game-changer under center.
2012 appeared to be the year for Martinez to break out as he headed into the month of October with 11 touchdowns and just one interception. Nebraska can ill-afford for Martinez to take a similar drop this year as the Cornhuskers need stability at QB. In fact, the last four games of 2012 were absolutely brutal to watch as Martinez threw four interceptions and two touchdowns during that crucial stretch.
In the 2013 Big 10 Championship game, the Wisconsin Badgers beat the doors off of Nebraska with a 70-31 victory. I understand that Martinez can not play on the defensive side of the ball, but he did not help the cause very much with a lackluster 86.2 passer rating, which would be his second-worst tally all season. Expectations are high for the Cornhuskers and if they don’t reel in a Big 10 title, head coach Bo Pelini could be out after five years at the helm.
A senior quarterback is supposed to be an advantage to a team like Nebraska, but if Martinez can not eclipse the 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions that he put up last year, things will not be pretty in Lincoln. Time will tell if Martinez can turn into a Heisman Trophy candidate this year.