The Nebraska Cornhuskers are on the rise trying to get back to national prominence in 2019.
Head coach Scott Frost's first season resulted in a disappointing 4-8 record. But the future of the program is bright because of quarterback Adrian Martinez.
Martinez threw for 2,617 yards and 17 touchdowns while also rushing for 629 yards and eight touchdowns in 2018. Remarkably, he produced those numbers as a true freshman.
Many expect Martinez to make a big jump going into his sophomore campaign. The latest to hop on the Martinez bandwagon is the legendary Tom Osborne.
Osborne gives high praise to the Nebraska quarterback saying he's "the whole package", via Omaha.com. In fact, Osborne said Martinez might be the most-gifted Nebraska quarterback he's ever seen.
Quite the praise considering the quarterbacks Osborne coached in his Nebraska career which spanned from 1973-1997. The hall-of-fame coach won three national championships with Nebraska and coached legendary QBs like Tommy Frazier, Turner Gill and Scott Frost.
Martinez is one of the main reasons the Cornhuskers have garnered so much hype this off-season. ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit weighs in on what he expects from Nebraska in 2019.
“Internally, I think there’s a ton of belief in the direction they’re going,” Herbstreit said on his ESPN podcast, via 247Sports. “They’ve got a great quarterback who is only going to get better. He’s got some skill around him. JD Spielman is one of the better receivers in the Big Ten. He’ll have a monster year. I just don’t know if they’re there defensively for the week-in, week-out grind that it takes to be able to avoid a hiccup or two. I still think that Wisconsin (is a favorite), another team that I feel is somewhat forgotten because of the way their season went last year.”
Nebraska's season opener takes place this Saturday against South Alabama.