Taylor Martinez is coming off his best season as a collegiate quarterback. The senior quarterback from the Nebraska Cornhuskers had a lot to work on mechanics-wise after a pedestrian 2011 season in which he passed for 2,089 yards, 13 touchdowns, eight interceptions and a completion percentage of just over 56.
He worked hard that offseason to improve on those numbers and came back in 2012, shocking the Big Ten and college football world. Martinez proved all of his doubters wrong and finished the campaign with his best numbers in three seasons.
Martinez finished the 2012 season with 2,871 yards, 23 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and the best part — he raised his completion percentage all the way to 62. Raising a completion percentage six points from the year before shows some serious progress, especially when he threw 80 more passes in 2012 than in 2011.
Did I mention he’s also a dual-threat and one of the best in that regard in the seemingly dual-threat sprinkled Big Ten that has seen the amount of quarterbacks that fit that description rise significantly in recent years?
Yeah, he’s pretty good at throwing the ball and running with it. He ran for 1,019 yards and 10 touchdowns on 195 carries in 2012. Finishing second on the team in rushing with two solid running backs on the Cornhuskers’ roster is a pretty big feat.
Now that Rex Burkhead is no longer with the team, there’s no doubt that Martinez will finish second in rushing yards once again, trailing only running back Ameer Abdullah who broke out for 1,137 yards and eight touchdowns in his sophomore season.
With Abdullah taking the pressure off the pass game and the top three receivers back from last year’s squad, it’s almost a given that Martinez will help this team become the best offense in the Big Ten. Receiver Kenny Bell is one of the best in the conference and could end up as one of the best in the nation after this season.
Watch out for Martinez to contend for a Heisman and rack up over 4,500 yards of total offense and more than 35 total touchdowns. This kid is a stud.
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