Lincoln, NE - Former Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier is often considered the greatest Husker of all-time. Not only did he win the 1995 Big Eight Offensive Player of the Year, but led Nebraska to back-to-back national championships in 1994 and 1995.
Appearing via The Husker Express radio show on AM 590 ESPN in Omaha on Tuesday night, Frazier questioned the decision by Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini at times this season to not get backup quarterback Brion Carnes or any other quarterback reps during the season.
"There is no problem changing the offensive line when they don't play well. There is no problem changing the receivers when they don't play well," said Frazier. "Why not do it when your quarterback is not playing well sometimes?"
It should be noted that Frazier is a cousin to Carnes.
"It's nothing personal, it's what I see on the field" said Frazier. "You change the other positions when they are not playing well, what gives the quarterback the right to not change him."
Frazier also went on to question if other teammates rally around starting quarterback Taylor Martinez?
"No I don't (see it)," said Frazier. "When a quarterback gets sacked, offensive line and players are there to help you up. I don't see that too much when he gets sacked.
"I know Yoshi (Hardrick) said he's got his back after the Wisconsin game, I'm not seeing too much of it from Yoshi, because he's not playing very well."
On Monday, during his weekly press conference, Pelini was asked why the first string offense was still on the field when the game was all but over?
"Because that's what we do, we run the football team," said Pelini. "We wanted to keep playing. We wanted to leave Taylor (Martinez) in the football game. Simple as that."
Pelini went on to say that if Brion Carnes would have come into the game, it would have meant the whole second team was coming in with him.
Martinez arguably was coming off his best stretch of football coming into last weekend. The consensus was the sophomore was becoming a "game manager," after only throwing one interception and improving his completion percentage.
But the young quarterback struggled at times with the Wolverines tough defense, going 9-for-23 through the air, and only running for 3.1 yards per average.