Adrian Martinez has been very impressive for a true freshman quarterback, especially as the entire Nebraska football team around him is also adjusting to Scott Frost's system.
Martinez was banged up earlier in the year, during the beginning of the team's six game losing streak that opened the season. He was hurt late in the 33-28 loss to Colorado, missing the end of the game with the result hanging in the balance.
He also missed the entirety of the loss to Troy, and was held to just 22 yards on 15 throwing attempts against Michigan.
Martinez has come on very strong in recent weeks, and Nebraska has won four of its last five games. He has 2,357 passing yards, with 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions on the year, and has run for 554 yards and seven scores.
Ahead of Friday's game against Nebraska football, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz likened Adrian Martinez to Penn State star Trace McSorley.
From The Quad-City Times:
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said there are parallels between what Martinez brings to the Nebraska attack and what Trace McSorley provides Penn State.
“He’s really a very threatening guy, running the football, throwing the football,’’ Ferentz said. “They’ve got designed runs, designed options, those types of things, and then he’ll also pull it down and go. You really have to respect that part of it.’’
Based on the start to his career, Martinez developing into a McSorley-level player doesn't seem out of the realm of possibility.
Iowa is a 10-point favorite at home against the Huskers on Friday.