Last weekend, the Nebraska Cornhuskers suffered a blowout loss to the Minnesota Golden Gophers on the road. A main reason for the team’s struggles was the absence of Adrian Martinez.
Nebraska didn’t have Martinez last Saturday because of a knee injury. The offense had to turn to Noah Vedral, who completed 14-of-23 pass attempts for 135 yards.
This weekend, Nebraska hosts Indiana in what should be a nice opportunity for a bounce-back win.
Although the Cornhuskers weren’t ready to commit to Martinez starting this weekend, quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco said the team had its dual-threat quarterback on the field today for practice.
Verduzco said that Martinez is eager to play this Saturday against Indiana.
Nonetheless, the Cornhuskers haven’t revealed if Martinez will be active this weekend.
Nebraska QB Adrian Martinez practiced today and is eager to play again, says Mario Verduzco. Martinez, in pads, walked past reporters after practice. But not even a hint from the Huskers this week if Martinez will play against Indiana. pic.twitter.com/8K4t76pWkT
— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) October 23, 2019
Martinez entered this season as an intriguing candidate for the Heisman Trophy. In six games, the dual-threat quarterback has 1,244 passing yards, 341 rushing yards and 10 total touchdowns.
After starting off with a 3-1 record, the Cornhuskers have lost two out of their last three games. However, the schedule does get slightly easier for Nebraska in the coming weeks.
Despite going through a recent rough patch on offense, the potential return of Martinez could help revitalize the team as they prepare for a second-half surge.