BY Todd Dybas 08:30PM 12/27/2010

Scouting Nebraska: Quarterback

Huskers QB Taylor Martinez tore up the Huskies in the first meeting, will he perform the same on Thursday?

Taylor Martinez's 80-yard touchdown run was one of the big plays in the first game between Washington and Nebraska. (Drew McKenzie/Sportspress Northwest)

SAN DIEGO — A first look at the opposition, which we will be doing all week from here in sort of sunny San Diego.

No better place to start than with the primary throng of Nebraska’s attack in the first meeting, quarterback Taylor Martinez. A run down of Mr. Martinez:

What he did on Sept. 18: Martinez was the main issue for the Washington defense. He ran for an 80-yard touchdown, threw for 150 yards and had Nebraska reporters stunned postgame at how much better this year’s Huskers offense looked versus the 2009 version. Martinez was efficient throwing, 7-for-11, and hid the ball well on zone reads. So much so, the Washington defense spent too much time staring at him and worrying. That opened things for back Roy Helu Jr. Staring at Martinez was one of the main gripes for defensive coordinator Nick Holt when recounting the game.

What he’s done since: Considering his start, Martinez was mentioned as an early Heisman candidate. Martinez had two more big games, 241 yards on the ground against Kansas State and 323 yards passing plus 112 yards rushing against Oklahoma State, then fell off. Like Wile E. Coyote when faced with a cliff. Martinez missed two games because of an ankle injury and had lines like 12 carries for 16 yards, 11 carries for 17 yards and 14 carries for -32 yards. Nebraska coach Bo Pelini benched Martinez at one point.

What can be expected Thursday:
Like Jake Locker, the time off has helped Martinez heal. Opposing defenses locked in on stopping Martinez from running for the second half of the season, and, with him hobbled, it worked. Another big issue was his execution against blitzes. Washington blitzed multiple times in the first meeting, so much so it prompted Nebraska senior wide receiver Mike McNeill to tell the Omaha World-Herald, “We really hit the blitz in the mouth. They brought a lot of pressure. We kind of countered that.”


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  • UNLstudent

    Huskers 42 Huskies 10

  • Huskies Win

    Nebraska doesn’t have a chance. The have fallen apart the past few games, and their offense is completely in the tank. There is no way this isn’t a Husky win.

  • SC Husker

    I am curious to see if “Huskies Win” would like to bet on the game with me? I will take my chances on the “real deal”. The Cornhuskers are only 12 points away from playing in the championship game with all self inflicted wounds. Everyone is healed and this won’t happen in the Holiday Bowl and UW will be lucky to score at all against the Blackshirts. No score, no win.
    Nebraska 45 UW 6

  • Andy P.

    Husky fan..

    What dream world are you in? Up and down the roster Nebraska is just loaded with far better players than UW. In the places that really matter to a football team. i.e. offensive and defensive lines, the entire defense, two great running backs. Nebraska is just that much ahead of UW. That is called depth. The only way this game is even a close game is if the Nebraska team isn’t mentally in the game as some have suggested might be the case. Doubtful

    I will say it will be closer than Sept, but Nebraska by 17. They are just way better than UW