On the injury front, junior offensive lineman Marcel Jones will continue to be shut down and it doesn’t expect to return at least until the Kansas State game on October 7th, the start of Big 12 play. Linebacker Will Compton is finally walking around, but there is no timetable yet as to when Pelini expects him back on the field.
Senior Eric Hagg was selected as the Big 12’s defensive player of the week following Nebraska’s impressive 56-21 road win at Washington last Saturday. Hagg intercepted Jake Locker’s first pass of the day and returned it 11 yards to set up Nebraska’s first touchdown. He finished with one tackle and a pair of pass breakups as the Huskers held Washington to only 71 yards passing. Locker, regarded as a potential top-10 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, completed just 4-of-20 passes on the day.
Quarterback Taylor Martinez was named the Rivals.com National Freshman of the Week and Big 12 player of the week. Martinez led the NU offense to its highest point total in a non-conference road game since 1986. He posted his third straight 100-yard rushing game, carrying the ball 19 times for 137 yards and three touchdowns. Martinez also completed 7-of-11 passes for 150 yards, while throwing his first career touchdown pass to open the scoring off Hagg’s pick.