Who will be Nebraska’s starting quarterback against Ohio State?
“Adrian’s going to be our quarterback,” Coach Scott Frost said Monday.
And with that, the question has been put to rest about whether the starting job would go to junior Adrian Martinez or redshirt freshman Luke McCaffrey.
Frost’s comments followed Martinez’s on Monday, who said he expected to be the starter on Saturday but that it was ultimately up to the coaches.
“I feel good about where I’m at and I’m going to continue to prepare that way,” Martinez said.
While the Huskers have their guy, Frost also said that both Martinez and McCaffrey are “capable of moving our offense and doing a great job.” He doesn’t plan to announce much beyond that as far as a depth chart is concerned—which he feels is best for the team—but he sounded confident in what Nebraska has in its quarterbacks.
Frost said last week that it wasn’t “clear yet” who would be starting.
“Adrian is certainly playing well. Luke is certainly playing well,” Frost previously said. “We feel like we have two guys at the top of that heap that are playing well enough to help us win games. Every position is a competition and we’re going to have to make those decisions pretty quickly, but I’ve been really impressed with both of them.”
Frost’s preference is to play one guy, but has also noted its not a deal-breaker if the Huskers have to use two. It’s ultimately about doing whatever is best for the team.
As for what led to Martinez’s selection, Frost clarified that there was an advantage in experience. If McCaffrey had been the one playing for two years already? Frost didn’t rule out he would have been the guy then.
“First, let me say, I don’t know how much separation there is,” Frost said about the two quarterbacks. “I think we have two first-string quarterbacks. That’s how we feel about them.”
Senior offensive lineman Matt Farniok agreed. He said the team has full confidence in McCaffrey if he’s in the game and that there’s really no drop off between the two quarterbacks.
For now, that means Martinez is QB1 as the Huskers prepare to travel to Ohio State on Saturday.
More news and notes:
>> Walk-ons who have been put on scholarship are Luke Reimer, Kade Warner and Damian Jackson. Frost said that the Huskers have one more to award later.
>> Frost said that none of his players are opting out of the season. He also said that none are out this week against Ohio State because of positive COVID-19 tests.
>> Senior linebacker Collin Miller couldn’t believe it when he was named one of Nebraska’s five captains for 2020. There were a number of senior defensive players that could have been selected, and he didn’t imagine he would have received the honor.
“It means the world,” Miller said Monday. “Just seeing my fellow teammates just vote me. I was just jaw-dropped. Just thinking I’m their role model . . . It’s something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”
Martinez, offensive lineman Matt Farniok, wideout Kade Warner and cornerback Dicaprio Bootle join Miller as captains.
>> No Blackshirts yet. Miller said the players are still waiting on that.
>> Ohio State is a disciplined team. Bootle knows it won’t be an easy matchup for Nebraska.
“It’s no secret, they’re a great team,” he said. “They’re not going to show up and beat themselves. I’ve played them every year since I’ve been here. Never got a break from them. I know how they’re coming. They’re coming hard.”
>> Miller said Henrich has made a smooth trandition to outside linebacker.
“I think Nick is doing a great job at pass rushing and a great job dropping back,” he said.
>> Frost said that outside linebacker Javin Wright had surgery to repair an MCL tear.
>> Warner said Monday’s practice was a good one. He also said “the uncertainty is the toughest part” when it came to the season, but the mentality shifted when the new schedule came out and the team is ready to hit people other than themselves.
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