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Current NFL Quarterbacks Taylor Martinez Outplayed

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Quarterbacks Taylor Martinez Outplayed

Taylor Martinez
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Many college football fans from around the country missed out on the opportunity to experience what could have been in Taylor Martinez' final season as starting quarterback for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. It is rare for a quarterback to hold a starting position for the entirety of their collegiate career. It is even less likely for a quarterback to start for three years showing promise only to be excluded from the starting line up as a senior. One other team in the Big 10 saw this happen this year when the Purdue Boilermakers and head coach Darrell Hazzell decided to bench quarterback Rob Henry for his final season. The end of Henry’s days as a starter came about as a result of multiple factors. These factors included his future as a defender in the NFL, the desire to develop other potential starters like Danny Etling, and because the Purdue football season was most definitely in the process of rebuilding their program.

Unlike Henry, the reason Martinez lost his job was completely out of his hands. Martinez has been unable to play this season because of unfortunate injuries. Recently, the question of Martinez’s legacy as Husker quarterback has been discussed by Big Red fans and media. Martinez has unfortunately not performed well in bowl games nor has he won a conference championship at Nebraska. However, the numbers that the young quarterback has produced cannot be denied. Martinez was potentially poised to have an unrivaled season at Nebraska in 2013. The quarterbacks passing numbers have steadily improved throughout his career at Nebraska, he threw 23 touchdown passes in 2012 and improved in all other major statistical categories. Many would attribute his improvement to his dedication and training he did in the offseason with Quarterback guru Steve Calhoun. Martinez spent his offseason leading up to 2013 doing the same intense training regimen. Unfortunately injuries prevented fans from seeing the results of his hard work. Here is a look at some current NFL quarterbacks that statistically Taylor Martinez outplayed in his college career.

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7. Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco
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This Super Bowl Champion came from the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens also played for the Pittsburg Panthers early in his college football career. Flacco had a 60.7 percent completion rate compared to Martinez’s 59.8 percent. Martinez however had a QB rating of 136.3 while Flacco threw for a 131.7 rating. Martinez also threw for 56 touchdowns to Flacco’s 41.

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6. Josh McCown

Josh McCown
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In his time filling in for the injured Jay Cutler, McCown has entered the discussion for becoming a full time starter for the Chicago Bears. McCown spent his college days at Southern Methodist. While he played for only three years, his statistic are still comparable to Martinez’s as Martinez has missed nearly all of his senior campaign. McClown threw for 4,022 yards in college and Martinez has passed for 7,258. Martinez also has a better completion percentage as well as a higher QB rating. McCown also threw for 34 interceptions to Martinez 29 interceptions.

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5. Chad Henne

Chad Henne
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Henne is now quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars but out of high school he was a five-star prospect. In between these two stops, he spent his playing time at the University of Michigan. Martinez will finish his career with a higher completion percentage and a higher QB rating than the former Wolverine. Henne also threw eight more interceptions than Martinez.

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4. Scott Tolzien

Scott Tolzien
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Tolzien is now with the Green Bay Packers not too far from his playing days at Wisconsin. Tolzien and Martinez career’s as Big 10 quarterbacks just barely missed crossing paths as Tolzien played his final season as a Badger starting QB in 2010 and Martinez and the Huskers did not face the Badgers in Big 10 play until 2011-12. Tolzien had a better completion percentage and better QB rating than Martinez in his two years as a starter but Tolzien also threw 16 interceptions in both of his two full years as starter. He threw 29 in his career and his most in a season was 12 as a junior.

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3. Tom Brady

Tom Brady
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Brady, like Henne, was a Wolverine and like Flacco is a Super Bowl Champion. Tom Brady’s legacy as an NFL quarterback will define him not his playing days in Ann Arbor. In college, Brady threw for 4,982 yards and 31 touchdowns. Martinez threw for 7,258 yards and 56 touchdowns. Martinez also had a better overall QB rating.

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2. Christian Ponder

Christian Ponder
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This Florida State Seminole had a great college career from 2007-10 and is currently with the Minnesota Vikings. The two are very similar in many categories including interceptions which saw Ponder throw for 30 compared to Martinez 29. Martinez also has a slight edge in touchdowns throwing for seven more touchdowns than Ponder. Martinez also threw for more yards than Ponder was able to throw.

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1. Jake Locker

Jake Locker
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Locker lost to Martinez and his Huskers in 2010 as Martinez performance far overshadowed Locker who threw for only 4-of-20 in the game. Locker has since moved on to the Tennessee Titans. Martinez threw his career outperformed Locker in QB rating, completion percentage, and touchdowns while throwing for fewer interceptions.