Unfortunately, Martinez and the Huskers have struggled to become relevant. In his three seasons as the starting quarterback, Nebraska has failed to make a bowl game.
At times, Martinez looks like a Heisman Trophy candidate. And yet, at others times, he looks like a quarterback who shouldn’t be playing at a Power 5 program.
Nebraska quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco had a blunt message for his young quarterback. In speaking to reporters, Verduzco said Martinez needs to “take care of the damn football.”
Verduzco reiterated that Adrian Martinez must “take care of the damn football.” Said Martinez has struggled with “trying to do too much too much of the time” but has appeared to resolve that.
— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) June 16, 2021
Martinez himself put out a statement for Nebraska fans earlier this offseason. “I feel really good about where we’re at as a team — and the work we’re putting in,” Martinez said on Sports Nightly, via the Omaha World-Herald.
“I’ve put a lot of effort — a lot of blood, sweat and tears — into this program, and I’m not stopping,” Martinez said. “I feel really good, and I think we’re working harder than ever. And that’s a great feeling. It means a lot for this program this year, for myself, and all I can really do is focus on the day-to-day — the 1% better every day.”
We’ll have to wait and see if he can take a step forward in 2021. Nebraska opens the season against Illinois on August 28.