The manner in which Adrian Martinez gingerly walked off the field in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game left a couple of days of worry and panic for fans uncertain about the freshman quarterback’s health.
Frost alleviated many of those fears when he said the news on Martinez is about as good as can be expected, given the initial scare. Martinez suffered no ligament damage to his knee and is listed as day-to-day.
In fact, Martinez could possibly play Saturday against Troy.
“He’s a little sore,” Frost said, “but doing a lot better today than I expected and I don’t think it’ll be very long.”
In the meantime, walk-ons Andrew Bunch and Matt Masker will see increased reps in practice this week, with the possibility of a third new player joining the fray, Frost said. He wants to enter Saturday’s game with at least three quarterbacks.
“We have a couple ideas,” Frost said of a third possible quarterback. “Obviously we don’t have the depth there that we’d like to have, so we have to have somebody ready to go in in case the worst case happens. We are kind of sorting through options there right now.”
Martinez was 15-of-20 passing for 187 yards and a touchdown, and ran 15 times for 117 yards and two touchdowns, including a 41-yard run against Colorado. When Martinez hobbled to the sideline, Bunch entered and was 4-of-9 passing for 49 yards.
“Bunch, when he’s gotten his opportunities, he’s done a great job,” Frost said. “I was really pleased with how he performed when he came in. Quite frankly, he threw a ball that probably should’ve put the game away for us if we get a first down on the throw that he made.
“We’re not going to change because of who he is, we’ll try to alter it a little to make sure that he’s comfortable with what we have. There’s not going to be wholesale changes and he knows our stuff and he’s done a good job running it.”
Frost said he may wait until game day Saturday to make a final decision on who starts at quarterback.
“We’re going to do everything we can to get other guys ready. (Martinez) is going to do everything he can to get healthy and learn the game plan.”