After the game with Penn State, running back Rex Burkhead had nothing but praise for Taylor Martinez and his ability to run the option. The play that Burkhead was pleased and surprised about was his 14 yard touchdown run that he scored on a pitch from Taylor out of the option.
Martinez is also starting to look more and more comfortable in the passing game. He was 28-of-37 against Northwestern, despite at least three drops by his wide receivers. He was 13-of-26 against Penn State, with another four more drops. Brandon Kinnie takes the blame and he knows it will take better focus, which not only comes with catching the football, but Tim Marlowe says, focus is the key to eliminating penalties.