Tommy Armstrong - The redshirt freshman quarterback looked more nervous in his state championship game two years ago than he did on Saturday in front of 90,000 screaming Nebraska fans. Armstrong finished 12-of-15 for 169 yards and one touchdown pass.
"It felt great. (head coach Bo Pelini) told me that I worked hard for it and that Ron (Kellogg III) and I were going to switch out. It was a fun experience for us both," said Armstrong. "We just went out there and both learned and took it out on the field."
The question becomes, did Armstrong do enough if Martinez struggles at any given point when healthy to get another chance? It's also no guarantee that Martinez will be back for Illinois. While head coach Bo Pelini feels he will be, we have seen injuries in the past linger to later games unexpectedly.
Ron Kellogg III – On Bo Pelini's TV show, the fifth-year senior quarterback said he's been in the program too long to get nervous. The Omaha product looked cool and collected on the Huskers third series, considering Nebraska had marched down the field the two previous drives with a different quarterback. Kellogg had a lot of people wondering why Nebraska would make a switch after success, but didn't miss a beat.
"I thought I played pretty well. Basically, I wanted to get the ball to our skill guys so they could get some yards and we could make some progress on the field. But more importantly, I wanted to end drives with a touchdown or field goal," said Kellogg. "There was one throw I missed. I kind of under threw Quincy (Enunwa), but I didn't want to get him murdered. He should thank me later.
Stanley Jean-Baptiste – Another game, another interception for the converted wide receiver. The senior was guilty of a few missed tackles and assignments on Saturday, but if he keeps hauling in INTs, he could find himself on an All-Conference list at the end of the year. He's got one now in every contest this season.
"I just anticipated and jumped the route," said Jean-Baptiste. "I'm just trying to keep it going. Hopefully they keep giving me one every game."
Randy Gregory - Pelini told his players during the week the defensive end would get an interception, but I wouldn't of believed it.
But it wasn't just the INT. Gregory continued to pressure upfront and has become the Huskers top pass rusher. The non-conference portion of the schedule was going to be a huge learning curve for the sophomore and he passed with flying colors.
Zaire Anderson - The linebacker seems to be getting more time each and every week, and looks to be getting comfortable in Pelini's defense. On Saturday, he had 11 tackles and will likely have performances like it down the road depending on the team Nebraska plays.
Mo Seisay - The senior had limited work on Saturday when the game matter, and hasn't bounced back from performances against Wyoming and Southern Miss. With the secondary as deep as it is, Seisay might not the opportunity.
Matt Finnin - BRR projected Finnin would be starting by the conference schedule, or very close to it. That won't be happening. He's gotten work, but isn't pushing for a starting spot at this point.
Charles Jackson - Jackson could be seeing his stock rise soon, but he didn't get the playing time the coaching staff was hoping for on Saturday. A work in progress, the sophomore could help when it comes to open field tackles, but has to pick up the defense.
"We were hoping to play Charles Jackson a little more in base in this game, but they didn't play a lot of base," said Pelini. "They played a lot of 11, so they had us in nickel a lot more. In hindsight, I wish we would have gotten him ready to play. Charles, if he can get down the mental part of things, I think he's a guy that could help us. He's still a work in progress, but he shows me he's a playmaker. I know he'll tackle well."