Quarterback Adrian Martinez said on Tuesday that he feels “physically ready” and that he expects to go for Nebraska against Purdue. While offensive coordinator Troy Walters wasn’t yet ready to say if that would be the case, he did say the sophomore quarterback would provide a spark if available.
"Adrian's our leader, he's our guy, so to get him back will give us a lift and guys will be psyched he's back," Walters said. "He's ready to go. Even when he was out he was engaged, he was focused, he was around the team.
"He's chomping at the bit to get back and show what kind of quarterback he is."
Quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco also spoke about Martinez, saying the staff has been overly cautious in his recovery because of the way Nebraska uses its quarterbacks in the run game. It’s to be determined if Martinez will get the green light for Saturday.
In the meantime, freshman Luke McCaffrey did not practice again on Wednesday.
More news and notes:
>> Nebraska practiced outside in the snow on Wednesday, while temperatures hovered around 30 degrees.
"It was good for us,” Walters said. “Saturday may be cold, may be snowing, who knows. So it's good to go out there and create some mental toughness and the guys responded. It was windy out there, snow flurries, and the guys executed.
“So we're ready for any conditions that may happen on Saturday."
>> How tough is Wan’Dale Robinson?
"He doesn't seem like a freshman, and he doesn't seem like a 5-9, 175-pound freshman," Walters said. "He plays tough, with an attitude, he's not afraid to run over a guy, he understands the game, the situations when he needs that extra yard. He puts his head down, and I'm very pleased with his performance. This weekend at Purdue it's going to be another tough game, they fly around, play hard so we're going to need more performances like that from him and other guys on the offense."
>> Walters also shared the standard and expectations he has for the wide receivers group.
"We told them the standard is the standard," he said. "When things aren't going your way, we try to teach life lessons. If things aren't going your way in life you can't quit. You have to just keep plugging, keep grinding, keep doing the things that are going to help you be successful. I also told them we have four more games, guaranteed, and let's make this the best four games, individually, of the year or season and collectively.
"The guys have done a great job responding, being dialed in. No one has checked out. We all want to win these next four to guarantee a fifth game and then win a bowl game and finish this season off the right way. They understand that, and they understand when their number is called they have to be ready to go."