Nebraska football mailbag: If Adrian Martinez flips, could he start next season?
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If Adrian Martinez commits to frost and co. Does he start next year?
— Tyler Klimiuk ❄️ (@tklim2430) December 12, 2017
I lean toward no, only because I think a redshirt year would be good for a player such as quarterback Adrian Martinez. As the Lincoln Journal Star noted, Martinez tore his right (throwing shoulder) labrum in February playing basketball and missed his senior season of football. His junior year results highlight the type of quarterback he is, though. The Tennessee commit put up 2,562 passing yards for 25 touchdowns and 4 interceptions that year. He also ran for 1,462 yards and 17 touchdowns in 12 games, per MaxPreps.
There’s a lot of potential for Martinez, but that missed senior season gives me pause for him starting right away. It would be wise to give him time to adjust to the collegiate level and to learn the playbook.
Unless coach Scott Frost sees absolutely nothing he can work with between Tanner Lee (pending a graduate transfer or jump to the NFL draft), Patrick O’Brien or Tristan Gebbia, letting Martinez mature would be a good idea.
The Huskers' starting QB Sept. 1 will be _________.
— Hey Y'all I'm Matt (@thew1242) December 12, 2017
Great question. If Lee opts not to graduate transfer or declare for the NFL draft, I’m not positive what Frost will do. Lee really doesn’t fit his offensive style, and the Nebraska staff likely would want someone who could be more of a dual-threat ― hence the recruitment of Martinez.
I’m not ready to make a call yet, but I would be surprised if Gebbia doesn’t get a serious look (and he should). This is a position that is wide open, and it could make for an interesting spring quarterback competition.
Has anybody been able to confirm if @CoachRHeld has been cloned? Appears to be everywhere doing great work on the recruiting trail.
— Jason Mitchum (@jason_mitchum) December 12, 2017
Seriously, though. This man is everywhere. In fact, on Monday alone, running backs coach Ryan Held started his day in Texas and ended it in California. He’s racking up those frequent flyer miles, that’s for sure.
Is there any new word of Huskers deciding to leave the program i.e. Spielman or Morgan? Or when do they have to make that decision. Thanks Erin.
— Michael Dainton (@huskermikeohio) December 12, 2017
The last I heard about Stanley Morgan Jr.’s decision came at the end of November when he tweeted about potentially making “a business decision.” However, I think he’s always leaned toward declaring for the NFL draft after the 2017 season, so I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s the route he chooses.
As for JD Spielman, both he and Tyjon Lindsey tweeted support for former wide receivers coach Keith Williams after Mike Riley was fired. I still would be surprised if Spielman transferred, especially because he could be utilized well in Frost’s offense. I’m sure he knows that.
Any news from the wideouts that gave hints of leaving? What's the word?
— 🎈Braska 🎈 (@NebraskaHolic) December 12, 2017
Same thing I said above. Nothing new as of now, but Frost did send them home for winter break to be with their families. I imagine they’ll use that time to consider what’s best for them and come back with their answers. In more cases than not, I think a wide receiver would have to be excited about what Frost’s offense could mean for them.
What puzzles me with de-commits. Well the Coach that is no longer at Nebraska is not at any other university either.. so what do you expect to find? Why not consider Nebraska? #GBR
— Ken Rowan (@KenRow1) December 12, 2017
This is a fair question. Many have questioned the de-commitments and said they would prefer players to commit to the program and not to the coaches. In the case of cornerback Brendan Radley-Hiles, I believe his de-commitment had more to do with the uncertainty at Nebraska. For wide receiver Joshua Moore, I believe that his decision was more of a result of Williams not being retained.
Could Moore have waited it out to see what Frost and offensive coordinator Troy Walters could have offered? Absolutely. But he clearly felt it wasn’t the right choice for him now. I respect his right to change his mind.
Most underrated new staff member? Bonus: who has the strongest shoe game.
— Collin Humps (@CollinHumps) December 12, 2017
This really depends on your definition of underrated, but I’d take Held. People are seeing how significant he is on the recruiting trail, and he’s going to be a major addition to Nebraska’s staff. I also like what defensive backs coach Travis Fisher brings to the table. His time in the NFL is going to be a big draw for players.
As for the strongest shoe game, I’ll give it to Frost for now. Can’t fault a guy for wearing Yeezys with a suit to accept his coach of the year award.
When will Chadron get a Runza? (I'm desperate for anything pointing towards soon)…and Runza is such a Huskers thing!
— Jeremy J. Anderson 🎙📻 (@Jeremy_J_KCSR) December 12, 2017
Ask and you shall receive. Well, more or less the powers that be heard your request. Now hopefully they’ll make it happen.
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