BRR Profile: Taylor Martinez

Nebraska third-year starting quarterback Taylor Martinez's offseason work has been well documented, but what will come from it?

Taylor Martinez

Position: Quarterback

Height/Weight: 6-foot-1, 200 pounds

High School: Centennial (Calif.)

Year: Junior

2011 Review:

Martinez started at quarterback for the Huskers in all 13 games and recorded 2,963 yards of total offense, which accounted for the third-highest total in school history. 2,089 of those yards came in the passing game, which was good enough for sixth highest in school history, and 874 of the yards came on the ground, ninth best in school history for the quarterback position.

With an emphasis on his passing mechanics, will Husker fans still see Martinez get get out of the pocket in 2012?
Martinez accounted 385 yards of total offense against Fresno State, which was the second highest of his career. His 219 passing yards was second best of his career, and he rushed for 166 yards and two touchdowns on just 15 attempts. The game was only the second 200+ passing, 100+ rushing performance in school history, both by Martinez.

Martinez might have had one of the worst games of his career against Wisconsin where he had a career high 20 carries for 61 yards and a touchdown, while also throwing for 176 yards and a career high three interceptions.

He was however able to come back after that with one of the best games of his career in a comeback win against Ohio State. He went 16-for-22 for 191 yards and two touchdowns, and also rushed 17 times for 102 yards and a touchdown. All three of the touchdowns he accounted for came in the second half as he led the Huskers to a win after a three-touchdown deficit.

Martinez probably had one of the best passing games of his career in a loss against Northwestern where he completed 28-of-37 passes for a season high 289 yards and two touchdowns, tying or setting season bests in completions, attempts, yards and touchdowns. At one point during the game Martinez completed 12 consecutive passes which was three short of the school record.

2012 Outlook:

Martinez will be entering into his third season as the starting quarterback. The junior has spent his entire offseason trying to get better, working out with quarterback guru Steve Calhoun and participating in events like the Manning Camp.

"My expectations for Taylor are high. I think he's progressed," said Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini at Big Ten Media Days. "You look at where he was from my standpoint from when he started as a freshman to now, he's only going into his junior year. And it seems like he's been around forever.

"He's still -- he's just now becoming an upper classman. So I think his best football's ahead of him. And I think he's had a tremendous offseason. I'm glad he's our quarterback. I'm looking forward to the year. I'm excited for Taylor and our football team."

For the first time in his three years as a starter, Martinez will be returning to an offense he ran the year before. Year two in Tim Beck's offense

"Between right now and the end of last season you can see a huge difference in our offense," said Martinez in the spring on the Big Ten Network. "I think we are on a huge role right now and hope we can continue it into the season."

So what was the biggest thing Martinez worked on in the offseason?

"My footwork," said Martinez.. "Mostly just being able to balance up and little stuff like that to help get a deeper drop, or a shorter one. It all depends on the route variations.

"If your footwork is correct and you are balanced you will be able to make an accurate throw, so a lot of it has to do with your footwork. Some people may think it has to do with your arm, but most of your power comes through the hips and footwork, so just little stuff like that."

Martinez 2010 highlights

How he ended up in Lincoln:

As a senior in high school Martinez threw for 3,000+ yards and 28 touchdowns completing 61 percent of his passes. He also rushed for 750 yards and 12 touchdowns. His play led his team to a perfect 15-0 season and a state championship.

Martinez was named as the Big VIII League's MVP, and also earned the Los Angeles Times' Glen Davis

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