Nebraska football's Adrian Martinez, a true freshman quarterback out of California, had a very promising debut on Saturday against Colorado. Unfortunately, it was derailed about three minutes too early.
Martinez left the game late in the fourth quarter, with a 28-27 lead and the ball. That's when the Huskers QB was rolled up on, and left the game.
Walk-on Andrew Bunch entered the game, went three-and-out, and Colorado answered with a marvelous Steve Montez-to-Laviska Shenault Jr. touchdown to take the lead. Bunch one again went out there for the final drive, but could not lead the Huskers to the win.
Scott Frost says that he has submitted video of the play on which Adrian Martinez was injured to both the Big Ten and Pac-12.
On replay, it does appear that Colorado linebacker Jacob Callier might have twisted Martinez's leg on the ground.
Frost said that he can't know if it was intentional, but said that the play "doesn't look good at all." From the Lincoln Journal-Star:
"You never want to think someone on the football field would try to intentionally hurt someone," Frost said.
However, he added, "We have an angle that doesn't look very good. I don't know what the intentions were, but the angle out there that I've seen doesn't look good at all."
Slow motion video from KLKN-TV in Lincoln's highlights of the game:
It's not clear if that's the same view that Frost has seen, but it does look like there might've been some extra-curricular activities going on in the pile there.
Luckily, Martinez is just day-to-day, and may be available for Saturday's game against Troy.
In the game against Colorado, Martinez was 15-for-20 for 187 yards, a touchdown and a pick. He was very dangerous on the ground as well, running 15 times for 117 yards and two touchdowns.