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."
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.