Freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez was forced out of the fourth quarter of last Saturday’s loss to Colorado after an impressive debut performance.
Martinez left with a one-point lead and the ball, after getting caught in a pile on a quarterback run. He did not return to the game, and Colorado was able to score and keep back-up walk-on Andrew Bunch from answering.
On Tuesday, we got a first view at a closer replay of the play on which Martinez was hurt.
It definitely looks as though Buffaloes linebacker Jacob Callier may have twisted the quarterback’s leg from the bottom of the pile.
Scott Frost has submitted video of the Adrian Martinez injury to both the Big Ten and Pac-12.
“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.”
The Journal Star acquired the video that Nebraska submitted via a public records request. It shows seven different angles of the play.
You can definitely see why Nebraska would be upset about the play, and why Frost thinks it warrants a look by the conferences.
Colorado’s Mike MacIntyre has said that he does not plan to discipline Callier after the play.
Luckily, the injury doesn’t sound too serious, and Martinez is being called day-to-day ahead of Saturday’s game against Sun Belt power Troy.
Nebraska and Colorado are set to play again next season in Boulder.