A day before Thanksgiving, and Nebraska football is still figuring out its quarterback situation. Adrian Martinez looked like the future at the position just a few years ago, but now Scott Frost has acknowledged that Luke McCaffrey holds that distinction.
Martinez held onto the starting job to start Nebraska’s 2020 season. He was 12-of-15 for 105 yards, and added 85 yards and a touchdown on the ground in the season-opening blowout loss to Ohio State, with McCaffrey coming in later in the game. The two split time against Northwestern, and it was all McCaffrey in the win over Penn State, the only victory on Nebraska’s ledger so far.
Now, ahead of Friday’s game against Iowa, the quarterback battle continues on. One could assume that McCaffrey would get his third straight start, but Frost is impressed with both quarterbacks’ preparation this week.
He is not naming a starter today, just two days ahead of the game. He says that the two players have each had their best weeks of practice of the season so far.
On the quarterbacks, Scott Frost said Luke McCaffrey and Adrian Martinez both enjoyed probably their best weeks of practice this year over the past four days. The coach said Nebraska has a decision to make on the starter against Iowa.
— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) November 25, 2020
The 41-23 loss to Illinois, one of the Big Ten’s weakest teams, has thrown things back into debate. McCaffrey was just 15-of-26 for 134 yards with three interceptions, though he did add 122 yards and two rushing touchdowns.
“There’s no doubt in my mind Luke McCaffrey is the future around here,” Frost said earlier this week. However, he followed it up by saying that he’ll play Adrian Martinez if he gives the Huskers the best chance to win.
Iowa has won five in a row in what has become one of Nebraska’s biggest annual rivalry games in the Big Ten. Whichever quarterback gets the nod will have significant pressure to try and get Nebraska football back in the win column in that important game.