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NFL Counterpart: Chad Henne, Jacksonville Jaguars
There's still one more season remaining before the final chapter of Taylor Martinez in Lincoln is written. But up until this point, it's probably safe to say that Martinez hasn't quite lived up to expectations.
Touted as one of the best quarterbacks in the Big Ten, Martinez has struggled with consistency and decision-making on the field, keeping Nebraska from really achieving all it could with him as quarterback.
The Huskers are still looking for their first Big Ten title, and unless Martinez makes a huge leap from 2012 to 2013, Nebraska may still be searching for that first conference championship at this time next year.
Martinez was third in the Big Ten last season in passing yards per game with 205.1, but he also had more interceptions (12) than any quarterback in the conference. He made up for some of that lost ground with 1,019 rushing yards, but that was only good enough for third among Big Ten quarterbacks in 2012.
Speaking of not quite living up to expectations, another Big Ten guy, Chad Henne of Jacksonville, has had a rough go of things in the NFL since arriving out of the University of Michigan.
Henne, who threw for 9,715 yards at Michigan has yet to equal that output in five years in the NFL with Miami (2008-11) and Jacksonville (2012). Last season, Henne was 29th in the league with 2,084 passing yards. He also threw 11 picks while matching that with just 11 touchdowns.
If either Henne or Martinez want to be remembered as anything but failing to live up to their potential, a turnaround in their output is going to be required in the very near future.