Martinez doubtful, Armstrong likely to start

Senior quarterback Taylor Martinez is doubtful for this Saturday against South Dakota State and the Huskers will likely role with redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong.

LINCOLN, Neb . - According to Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini, senior quarterback Taylor Martinez (turf toe) is doubtful for this Saturday when the Huskers take on South Dakota State at 2:30 p.m. in Memorial Stadium.

If Martinez can't go, it's likely redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong will be given his first career start. A former four-star product and the nation's No. 5 quarterback in the 2012 recruiting rankings, Armstrong played a few series in a blowout win against Southern Miss, splitting time with fellow backup Ron Kellogg III. At the beginning of the season, Armstrong had minor cleanup surgery on his knee, after surgery last season ended his freshman campaign early.

"Tommy has made a big jump in the last two weeks, he was struggling a little bit, and a little frustrated because of the time he missed." Pelini said, "He had a tremendous week of practice.

"If Taylor doesn't play you will see both guys. If we were going to start today, we would probably start Tommy Armstrong, but you will see Ron Kellogg. We want to make sure we look at this practice film and I haven't visited with them yet after practice, but that was kind of what we were leaning towards going into today."

Kellogg, who's been labeled a player-coach in the film room by his peers, along with Taylor Martinez, has been a big part of Armstrong's devlopment the past 14 months.

"Those guys do a great job, they really all help each other." Pelini said, "That happens across the board on this team, the guys work together and push each other, that is what it is all about, the competition is important."

Martinez has not practiced all week and on Thursday Pelini stated he would only play if he was 100 percent.

Nebraska enters the game 22 point favorites and will have an off weekend next week.

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & Scout.com since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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