Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Taylor Martinez has not taken a snap since UCLA game on September 14th. Martinez has been out with a turf toe injury, and according to the coaching staff he will not practice until he is 100% healthy.
The cautious approach they are taking with Taylor is easily understood. While Tommy Armstrong Jr. and Ron Kellogg III both played well against South Dakota State in week four, the competition will be much more difficult against Big Ten opponents. They will need Martinez completely healthy when Northwestern, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, and Iowa come calling in late October and throughout November.
Taylor’s injury will be watched closely this week by the team and training staff. It is unknown how many practices would be needed for him to start for Nebraska, but with his experience you would think that if he practiced on Thursday he would probably start on Saturday. If Martinez cannot go, Armstrong or Kellogg could likely both see the field as they did against the Jackrabbits. If anything, the duo would likely be competing for the official title of backup quarterback.
The Huskers return to practice tomorrow, continuing preparations for Illinois on Saturday.