Adrian Martinez will lead Nebraska Football against Purdue

LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 26: Quarterback Adrian Martinez #2 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers warms up before the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)
LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 26: Quarterback Adrian Martinez #2 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers warms up before the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images) /
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By all accounts, the Nebraska Football quarterback is ready to go for Saturday.

It appears that we may see Nebraska Football quarterback Adrian Martinez under center for Saturday’s big game against Purdue.

Martinez told reporters on Tuesday that he was ready to go, and expected to play. This will certainly provide some stability at the quarterback position on Saturday. Especially with many injuries occurring last Saturday, this news could not have come at a better time.

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As we know, he has struggled this season. After an impressive freshman campaign, he seems to have regressed somewhat. Nevertheless, two wins over the next couple of games for Nebraska will go a long way in smoothing things over for Martinez.

A win over Purdue on Saturday would go a long way for both Martinez and Nebraska Football. With Martinez still recovering from the knee injury he suffered at Northwestern, there is no denying that he is going to come into this game a little bit bruised and battered. Nevertheless, if he feels ready to go, I absolutely trust his judgment.

Nebraska will need to get things going in the passing game on Saturday. We saw a little bit of what the passing game can do, but it only came in spurts. Given how Nebraska Football suffered injuries at the quarterback position during the game, that is certainly acceptable. Now with Martinez under center, hopefully the passing game can return to a sense of normalcy. It will be interesting to see exactly how he does.

What I will be most interested in watching is his mobility. Will he continue to move around in the pocket? Will the coaching staff call as many quarterback running plays? My guess is that they won’t, at least in the first quarter of the game. They undoubtedly want to get Martinez back into the swing of things, so I would expect him to stay in the pocket for most, if not all, of the game. However, quarterback runs are a huge part of what Nebraska does offensively. There could be a chance that Nebraska breaks those out. However, I would be surprised if they make it a consistent part of the game.

In any event, Martinez will have a lot of work to do under center. This team is still within reach of a bowl game. However, with the loss on Saturday their road got a little bit harder. They will now have to play well over this last stretch if they want to reach postseason play. Will Martinez be able to be the guy to get them there?