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NCAA FOOTBALL: MAR 06 Nebraska Spring Practice

Martinez playing the role of mentor this spring

Taylor Martinez is in a unique position this spring. That of a spectator-slash-mentor.

With the senior quarterback firmly established as the Huskers’ starter and some young quarterbacks behind him needing snaps, Martinez said he has sat out the majority of live drills this spring. No need to risk injury, but that doesn’t make it any easier for Martinez to accept.

“I can’t stand it,” Martinez said of standing on the sidelines “Sometimes I try to go out there and they keep pulling me out.”

Martinez said he hasn’t taken any snaps in drills where the Huskers have tackled this spring. Nebraska has one practice left before the players depart for spring break and coach Bo Pelini said the Huskers would spend about 90-percent of that practice scrimmaging and planned to run about 100 plays. Does that mean Martinez is out for all 100?

“I hope not,” Martinez said. “I don’t know, we’ll find out tomorrow.”

As for the guys who are getting the snaps, Martinez has liked what he’s seen so far.

“Tommy (Armstrong) is going to be a good one,” Martinez said. “Ron (Kellogg III) and Ryker Fyfe are looking really good too, so at quarterback, we’re looking pretty good.”

The senior quarterback is headed home to Laguna Beach, Calif. for spring break. As he did last year, Martinez has plans to get together with quarterback guru Steve Calhoun to get in some workouts over the week off.

Some other notes from the Huskers’ Wednesday practice:

–After the dissatisfying practice on Saturday, Pelini said he’s pleased with the way his team has bounced back this week.

“I saw a lot of progress out there,” he said. “I like the way our guys responded Monday and today…The light has gone on with some guys, our practice habits are improving, the attention to detail is getting better and we’ve made some significant progress. That needs to continue for the remainder of spring practice.”

–Chief among the improvements Pelini’s seen over the past two practices is that his young defense is developing a better grasp of the scheme.

“In meetings we’ve done some bigger picture things,” he said. “Our understanding is better, our guys are starting to figure it out and play fast. This group has the ability to play fast. But if you don’t know what you’re doing and you haven’t spent the time on the mental aspect of things, it’s hard to play fast when you’re not sure. You can see them, slowly but surely, starting to figure it out.”

–Redshirt freshman defensive end Avery Moss sat out practice again on Wednesday and will not participate in Thursday’s scrimmage. Pelini said Moss could have practiced today but the staff decided to hold him out until after spring break.