Taylor Martinez will go down as one of the most prolific quarterbacks in the history of the Nebraska Cornhuskers and will leave the school as the owner of just about every major quarterback record the program has. However, his career is marred by his lack of “signature wins” in big games. That is a distinction that Martinez must shake off in 2013 or risk damaging his legacy forever.
There’s no questioning the offensive production that Martinez puts up. Last season, he threw for 2,871 yards and 23 touchdowns while rushing for 1,019 yards and another 10 touchdowns. He has been an elite playmaker since he arrived in Lincoln, driving the Huskers’ offense as their most consistent offensive weapon.
But turnovers, poor decision making and losses in important games have all damaged the perception that people have of Martinez. The biggest knock against him at this point is Nebraska’s lack of a conference championship with Martinez under center, whether it is Big 12 or Big Ten. The closest they have come was last season when they were embarrassed in the Big Ten title game by the Wisconsin Badgers.
That loss left a decidedly unpleasant taste in the mouths of the Nebraska faithful who are now hungrier than ever to add to their trophy case with their first Big Ten Championship. At a program like Nebraska, it often doesn’t matter what you do the rest of the season, only that you win the hardware at the end of the year. So far, Martinez has fallen short. Can he finally break the title-drought for the Huskers in 2013?