Nebraska Football: JD Spielman, Adrian Martinez expected to be okay

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 03: Quarterback Adrian Martinez #2 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers attempts a pass to wide receiver JD Spielman #10 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Ohio Stadium on November 3, 2018. (Photo by Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 03: Quarterback Adrian Martinez #2 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers attempts a pass to wide receiver JD Spielman #10 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Ohio Stadium on November 3, 2018. (Photo by Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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Two of Nebraska Football’s biggest stars have a positive injury prognosis.

I have some good news as it relates to two of Nebraska Football’s biggest stars. Quarterback Adrian Martinez and wide receiver JD Spielman both suffered injuries in Saturday’s game. Fortunately, they are believed to not be serious ones according to head coach Scott Frost.

Despite the injuries, both players contributed to the game on Saturday. Martinez went 13-of-20 for 145 yards. He also had a decent day rushing the football. He carried the ball nine times for 26 yards.

Spielman caught two passes for 19 yards, including a 14-yard grab that was his longest of the afternoon.

Obviously, we should all wait until we receive an official injury diagnosis before we jump to any conclusions, but it’s good to hear that their injuries are not serious. Nevertheless, I could almost be certain that Noah Vedral will have a chance to be penciled in as the starter for next week’s huge game against Minnesota. For his part, Vedral performed well. He went two-of-five on the afternoon, throwing for 41 yards.

Perhaps most interesting part of Vedral coming into the game was how comfortable he looked. Obviously, he was with Frost at UCF, so he has some familiarity with the offense. Measuring in at 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, he moved and ran very smoothly, especially on option plays. We only saw him in limited action, but to me he looked very confident in his decision-making. If he has to start next week against Minnesota, I would certainly feel comfortable putting him out there. He may not be the flashiest quarterback under center, but he showed that he could at least move the ball offensively.

In any event, I am extremely happy that these injuries do not appear to be anything season-ending. No matter what your thoughts are about either of them, there is no denying that these two are crucial parts of the Nebraska Football offense. They make this offense go. We are getting into the difficult part of the schedule and Nebraska certainly needs all personnel available. Spielman is undoubtedly one of the top playmakers in the conference when he is on his game.

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There is no denying that Martinez is  second-guessing himself a lot at the moment. I hope he finds his groove soon. Nevertheless, a strong performance over these next couple of weeks could definitely turn his season around. Nebraska Football needs him to play well if they want to have any shot at a bowl game.