Taylor Martinez has been one of the nation’s top dual-threat quarterbacks each of the past two seasons and heads into his junior year in a position to continue to make his mark in the Nebraska record books. The Corona, Calif., native has started 25 games the past two seasons and moves into his second year in coordinator Tim Beck’s offensive system.
AUDIO Taylor Martinez press conference (9:00)
Martinez has produced the top total offense seasons in school history for both a freshman and a sophomore and sits in third place on the career total offense list with 5,559 yards. The 6-1, 200-pound Martinez has put himself in a position to possibly move to the top of that list by the end of his junior season.
Martinez continued to flash his game-breaking rushing ability during the 2011 season, running for 874 yards and nine touchdowns, while averaging 4.6 yards per carry. He posted three 100-yard rushing games and had at least 50 rushing yards eight times as a sophomore. Martinez enters his junior season with 1,839 rushing yards to rank fifth among Nebraska quarterbacks.
Through the air, Martinez continued to become a more efficient passer in 2011, and has worked hard in the offseason to refine his throwing mechanics. He connected on better than 56 percent of his throws for 2,089 yards and 13 touchowns, and he also had a streak of 125 straight passes without an interception spanning the final four games of the regular season. Martinez has thrown for 3,720 yards in his NU career, which is good for sixth place on the career passing list.