Freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez was one of the lone bright spots on last year’s Nebraska team. Though the team won only four games, Martinez has quickly earned the admiration of nearly everyone around him – including his head coach.
Ahead of the 2019 season, Nebraska head coach Scott Frost appeared on ESPN’s Get Up!, where he quickly sang his quarterback’s praises. After complimenting Martinez on his skills, Frost went so far as call Martinez “one of the better players” that he’s ever coached.
“He had about as good a freshman year as you could have expected, particularly on a team that didn’t necessarily have the results that we wanted,” Frost said. “I don’t think there’s a quarterback in the country that’s a better fit to what we try to do on offense. He can run, he can lead, he can run between the tackles, he can throw…we’re going to put a lot on him because he can handle it.
“He’s one of the better players that I’ve ever coached.”
That’s especially high praise from Frost, who has worked with such college stars as Marcus Mariota, Kiko Alonso, and LaMichael James during his time at Oregon.
Last year, Martinez threw for 2,617 yards and 17 touchdowns while completing 64.6-percent of his passes. On the ground he was fairly dangerous too, adding another 629 yards and eight touchdowns.
Martinez’s strong season has led to many pundits speculating that Nebraska will be the team to beat in the Big Ten West this coming season.
Nebraska’s overall ceiling as a team may be just as high as Martinez’s as a player.