Nebraska Head Football Coach Bo Pelini apologized for his behavior on the sidelines during Saturday’s game against Texas A&M. Pelini said he had spoken with UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman, who expressed concern publicly about Pelini’s behavior.
As far as Taylor Martinez, Pelini said his outburst on the sideline had nothing to do with Taylor’s injured ankle. Pelini said Taylor will be the starting quarterback if he’s healthy in time for the Friday game. Martinez had a boot on his left foot. Offensive coordinator Shawn Watson said Martinez stubbed his toe and got stepped on, if that’s turf toe, that makes it very hard to run and on top of that it is Taylor’s right ankle that is sore.
Roy Helu was not in the fourth quarter of that A & M game, his calf got stepped on and he wasn’t full speed, it shouldn’t affect him for this game.
With Martinez at this point being a question mark, Zac Lee is slowly coming along after an injury to his throwing hand, so it would be Cody Green as the starter and yesterday redshirt freshman Ron Kellogg took a bulk of the snaps with the number two offense. Nebraska senior cornerback Prince Amukamara is one of three finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, which goes to the nation’s top defensive back. Amukamara has 11 pass breakups, 48 tackles and a sack. The winner will be announced Dec. 9.
I’m going to throw some sense into this whole penalty discrepancy from the A & M game. The Aggies flagged twice, Nebraska 16 times. Five of those penalties were unsportsmanlike penalties and while I agree one of those, the late hit call on Courtney Osborne was not a good call, you have to realize Pelini is on the officials all night, already four personal foul penalties, if there is any question in an officials mind on a close call at that point in the game, you know Nebraska is not getting that call. In closing, Pelini lost control and so did the players. They let those calls affect the way they played and they lost their composure. Plain and simple. If they want to win the Big 12 North, they have to go back to focusing on the basics, not jumping offside and worrying about things they can control.