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Huskers QB Martinez Adds Another Freshman-of-the-Week Award

November 05, 2018

Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez is the Big Ten's Co-Freshman of the Week again. He shares the honor for the second time this season, this time with Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman who had 175 yards receiving with two touchdowns in the Gophers' 55-31 loss to Illinois.

Martinez completed 22-of-33 passes for 266 yards and a touchdown through the air on the road against No. 10 Ohio State. Nebraska's true freshman quarterback added 72 yards rushing and two touchdowns on a career-high 20 carries against the Buckeyes. Martinez's 338 yards of total offense marked the fifth time he has eclipsed the 300-yard mark this season, one shy of Nebraska's school record for a freshman.

Martinez is the first freshman quarterback in the Big Ten to win the conference's weekly award since current Northwestern starter Clayton Thorson did it in 2011. He is the first Husker to win the award twice in one season since Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011.

Illinois running back Reggie Corbin (213 yards, 2 TDs), the most dangerous part of a strong Illini rushing attack, shared offensive player of the week honors with Purdue wide receiver Terry Wright (146 yards, 3 TDs). Michigan State linebacker Joe Bachie (7 tackles, 3 forced fumbles) earned defensive player of the week designation and Purdue kicker Spencer Evans (game-winning field goal against Iowa) took home the special teams award. 

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