It isn't every year that a 4-8 ending in a loss results in primarily good feelings among a fan base, but Nebraska football fans are taking that approach after the 2018 campaign. The play of freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez is a huge reason.
Martinez, who missed a full game and parts of a few others due to injury early in the year, finished with 2,617 passing yards, 17 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. He completed 64.6-percent of his throws, and had a decent 7.54 yards per attempt.
He is also a true dual-threat player. Martinez finished second on the team with 629 yards and eight touchdowns.
Martinez threw for 260 yards and ran for 76, accounting for three total scores in the dramatic season-ending loss at Iowa. The Huskers fell 31-28 to the Hawkeyes.
After the game, college football insider Bruce Feldman raved about Adrian Martinez, calling the Nebraska football star a potential future Heisman winner.
It is high praise, but Martinez really looked like one of the most dangerous quarterbacks in the country, regardless of age, when healthy.
Feldman was extremely excited about his potential on Friday afternoon.
After this rebuilding year, which featured some brutal close losses, Nebraska will enter 2019 with very high expectations. It is hard not to be bullish on what Scott Frost is building in Lincoln.