Nebraska Football: Adrian Martinez named one of ESPN’s Top 50 players

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The Nebraska Football quarterback is in good company.

The hype is certainly real surrounding this Nebraska Football team, and their quarterback is a big reason why. Adrian Martinez looks to have a great 2019 season and it appears that ESPN thinks so as well.

ESPN released their list of the best players in college football. Martinez was ranked at number 33. After not being on the list last year, this spot is certainly encouraging. ESPN lists his yards as the key statistic for why he is on the list. I think that’s a fair barometer for him. After all, 2,617 yards as a freshman is not easy at all.

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I am impressed that Martinez made this list. It’s not that I don’t think he has the talent. The quarterback group is extremely deep. From Trevor Lawrence to Tua Tagovailoa to Justin Hebert, the quarterback position is loaded this year. Other positions like receiver and defensive end have tons of talent too. It should make for an interesting 2020 NFL Draft.

I am perfectly fine with Martinez’s spot on the list. The quarterbacks that are in front of him are a bit more proven, especially in big-time games. Hopefully, Martinez will get there, but he is in a unique rebuilding situation with Nebraska Football. Nebraska Football is in a different place in comparison to Clemson and Alabama. That standard is what I would imagine Nebraska would want to get to. That level of stability that the Tigers and Crimson Tide share are undoubtedly enviable.

For now, Nebraska Football is working their way up the college football ladder. It all starts in just a couple of weeks when they take on South Alabama. A win to open the season would certainly set a tremendous tone for the rest of the year. This has been one of the most highly-anticipated seasons in recent memory, and now Nebraska has to do their best to live up to the hype.

It’s awesome that Martinez is in the rankings, and now his job is to make sure he moves up that list by playing well. He can do it. He seems locked in and ready to go, just as the rest of the team does. Nebraska Football should be in good hands with this group of future players, and it appears that Scott Frost and the rest of his staff have done a great job of building the team for not only right now, but for the long-term.