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It always comes back to Taylor Martinez, doesn’t it? Many Children of the Corn are ready to move past the Martinez era and get on to see what Tommy Armstrong and Johnny Stanton can do in scarlet and cream.
But 2013 will be Martinez’s swan song, and Nebraska’s fortunes will ultimately rise and fall based on how well Martinez plays. His improvement between his sophomore and junior seasons was nothing short of remarkable—even though it’s a little disturbing that it takes two years, an offseason and a third-party quarterback coach to make that happen.
Of course, there is plenty of work left to do, work Martinez has committed to this offseason. Interceptions and especially fumbles need to be cut down. Martinez needs to stay healthy and make good decisions consistently. His new mechanics need to take hold when the bullets start flying in tough games.
But Martinez has gotten a tough ride from a lot of Nebraska fans. All he’s done is gut through injuries, put in extra work in the offseason and shoot up Nebraska’s record books in his first three years.
I’m on record as being all-in on Martinez in 2013. If he puts everything together in his senior campaign, Nebraska fans could be treated to something (Dare I say it?) magical.
(Oh yeah, I totally went there. I never met a cliché I didn’t like.)
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