Never has a Nebraska quarterback been more polarizing than Taylor Martinez. Entering his third year, the signal-caller has been nothing short of an enigma. In his freshman campaign, Husker fans fell in love with his speed, but despised his character.
His sophomore season began with high expectations. An errant throwing motion and a noticeable decrease in explosiveness, however, marred his second year.
While he seemed to lack the dynamic playmaking ability of his first year as Nebraska's quarterback, Martinez seemed to mature almost over night, winning over Husker Nation with a miraculous come-from-behind victory against Ohio St. in 2011. He began to lead his team.
Martinez will be under the microscope more than ever come September. Many believe he has yet to reach his full potential. This will be the year Martinez emerges as one of the better quarterbacks in 2012.