Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Adrian Martinez throws a pass to Nebraska Cornhuskers wide receiver Oliver Martin
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Scott Frost Has High Hopes for Huskers QB Adrian Martinez in 2021

July 22, 2021

Being a four-year starter at quarterback isn’t easy to do. That’s exactly what Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez is poised to do this season. The California native is an important piece of the Husker puzzle this season. The team is looking to take off under coach Scott Frost. Frost spoke about where his quarterback is heading into the 2021 season at Big Ten Media Days.

“I couldn’t be more excited for Adrian than I am right now,” Frost said. “I’ve walked in his shoes before. Adrian came in and earned the job as an 18-year-old and had a phenomenal freshman season. I think he would tell you he wasn’t as satisfied with his sophomore season as he would have liked to have been. Some of that was his fault. Some of that was our fault as a coaching staff and the other people around him.”

Martinez’ freshman season was an encouraging one overall. He racked up 2,617 yards passing with 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He completed 64 percent of his passes that season. He was a true threat on the ground, adding 629 yards and eight touchdowns. As Frost noted there was a sophomore slump for Martinez in the 2019 season. He had 1,956 yards passing with 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He completed 59 percent of his passes that season. His rushing yards largely stayed the same as he picked up 626 yards rushing and seven scores.

Martinez hit 1,055 yards passing with four touchdowns and three interceptions in the shortened 2021 season. He added 521 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on the ground last season. Turnovers remain to big a part of the equation. That was a main point of emphasis this spring of quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco. Nebraska fans have seen moments of brilliance during his career as starting quarterback. Like the team as a whole the last few years, inconsistency and poorly timed mistakes have held him back.

There is a lot that goes into being the quarterback at Nebraska where the spotlight is on you at all times. Frost knows that path well and is seeing his quarterback come out the other side.

“He’s already lived the highs and lows of Nebraska football and that bright spotlight being on you,” Frost said. “This is the most comfortable I’ve ever seen him in who he is, the most confident I’ve seen him in his talent. He knows the things that we all need to get better at. The things that he can improve. I’m expecting him to have a really big season.”

Fall camp gets underway next week for Nebraska. Martinez is not in Indianapolis for Big Ten Media Days. There was previously scheduled time off before the season begins. The Huskers start the 2021 campaign on Aug. 28 against Illinois in Week 0.

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