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Injury Update For Nebraska Quarterback Adrian Martinez

Adrian Martinez lifts his helmet in the air for Nebraska after a win during the 2018 college football season.

LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 20: Quarterback Adrian Martinez #2 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers and wide receiver JD Spielman #10 acknowledge the fans after the win against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Memorial Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)

Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez was knocked out of tonight's game against No. 20 Michigan State during the first drive of the contest.

On a third down attempt, the junior QB was hit hard by Spartans' defender Xavier Henderson in the head/face area. Able to walk off on his own power, Martinez went back into the locker room to get checked out.

Martinez is coming off a solid performance in a narrow loss to No. 3 Oklahoma that saw him earn 289 yards and one touchdown through the air on 19/25 passing. As a long-time leader for this Nebraska squad, this would be a massive loss for the 2-2 Cornhuskers.

In his absence, the Scott Frost's team is being quarterbacked by freshman dual-threat QB Logan Smothers, who has four yards through the air (1/2) and 11 yards on the ground.

Fortunately for Nebraska, Adrian Martinez was able to return to the game later in the first quarter. He is 2-for-3 for 25 yards yearly on, adding 41 yards on four carries as a runner.

Michigan State opened scoring in this one, with Payton Thorne finding Jayden Reed for a touchdown. Nebraska is driving early in the second quarter to try and even things up. The Huskers, 2-2, are seeking their first Big Ten win of the season so far in tonight's game against Michigan State.


Adrian Martinez is jogging into the locker room while the Blackshirts are on the field.

— Brian Christopherson (@Husker247BC) September 25, 2021

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