Martinez a Game Time Decision
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Martinez, Spielman Still on the Huskers’ Depth Chart for Minnesota

October 07, 2019

Nebraska released it’s depth chart for Saturday’s Minnesota game early Monday morning. Once again, there were no changes to the offensive or defensive portions of the two-deep. 

But that’s good. At the very least, it means quarterback Adrian Martinez (knee) and wideout JD Spielman (unknown), both of whom were injured and forced to leave the game against Northwestern last Saturday, have a chance of playing against the Gophers in Minneapolis this weekend.

Since head coach Scott Frost doesn’t address injuries in-season unless they’re potentially season-ending, we’ll either find out Monday afternoon during his weekly press conference the Huskers have entered a doomsday scenario or both will be treated as day-to-day/game-time decisions. 

That has seemed to be Frost’s modus operandi to this point in the season. But it’s an encouraging sign both players held onto their spots.

However, sophomore kicker Barret Pickering stayed on the depth chart each of the first two weeks despite not seeing the field and sophomore wideout Kade Warner has been on the two-deep for most of this season despite only making his debut late against Ohio State.

Backup Noah Vedral took over for Martinez to begin the fourth quarter and led four drives. The numbers were modest — he threw 2-for-5 for 41 yards, ran it seven times for 33 yards and went three-and-out twice — but Vedral completed maybe the biggest throw of the game on a second-and-nine back-shoulder throw to wideout Wan’Dale Robinson for 32 yards that moved Nebraska inside the red zone and allowed Frost to set up the game-winning field goal.

Nebraska’s coaching staff has maintained all offseason and into the start of the year that they have confidence in Vedral and his ability to operate the offense.

So, we’ll see.

Other Depth Chart Notes

>> Saturday’s hero, Lane McCallum, has officially overtaken the No. 1 spot at placekicker on the two-deep. 

McCallum hit two-of-three against Northwestern, including the game-winning 24-yard kick at the end of regulation. 

At holder, Isaac Armstrong flipped with Vedral. Armstrong is now at the No. 1 spot.

>> Not a depth chart note, but Robinson earned another Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor Monday morning following his performance against Northwestern.

Robinson rushed for 44 yards on seven carries, highlighted by a career-long 42-yard touchdown run for NU's only touchdown. He also had a career-high seven catches for 123 yards, his first 100-yard receiving day as a Husker. It’s the second time in three weeks that Robinson has won the freshman honor, as he was recognized following NU's win over Illinois when he also went over the century mark for total offense.

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