Nebraska will go into their final game of their Big 12 lives against the team which they battled with for decades in the grand ole' Big Eight.
With Martinez at the helm the Huskers have hummed with only a slip up against Texas as the one lone detraction from an otherwise stellar debut. Martinez set both rushing and passing records for a freshman quarterback as well as helped guide the Husker rushing attack to a high ranking of second in the country. At one point Nebraska was averaging over 340 yards per game on the ground.
Since the Missouri game, however, that has steadily decreased as a hobbled Martinez wasn't nearly as effective and Green, not quite the explosive runner of his fellow quarterback, couldn't fool or outrun defenses like this team could before.
344 yards per game has dipped down to just under 270 yards per game. That's still good enough to have the Huskers ranked in the top 10 in the country, but it's not quite imposing the fear it once did, especially when it had running backs like senior Roy Helu Jr. and sophomore Rex Burkhead as deadly compliments versus the obvious workhorses of the ground-pounding attack you see now.
But Martinez isn't likely to start this weekend, as Head Coach Bo Pelini said that when it comes to the ankle and the turf toe, his freshman quarterback is dealing with a "combination." That puts the crosshairs back on Green, who started just his second game this season last week in the 45-17 victory over the Colorado Buffaloes.
The good news for Nebraska is that they will have sophomore Cameron Meredith back, as he practiced in the non-padded session today. Meredith went out against Colorado with an ankle injury, but appears to be good to go for the weekend match up in Dallas.
The AFCA announced today their All-American lists, and senior cornerback Prince Amukamara made the first-team list, which follows being named All-Conference last year. The highly touted corner didn't have an interception during the regular season, but his 13 pass break ups ranks him as one of the top three in the country in that category.
Check out the following audio with Coach Pelini as well as audio from walk-on wide receiver Joe Broekemeier, who got his first action as a Husker football player last week as he caught all three balls thrown his way, all of them coming to him on third down.
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