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While Martinez is still maturing as a passer, his time in the pocket varies.
He can always count on his center, Mike Caputo, to take care of his man. His guards are usually able to secure their defenders as well.
When it comes to the offensive tackles? This is where issues pop up.
One play versus Idaho underlined what Martinez had contended with thus far in his short career. He scanned downfield looking for an open receiver. An Idaho defender lunged forward, but didn’t get a sack. Martinez was able to step out of the full takedown, but still had a foot wrapped, so he tried to set and throw.
It was like watching a game of NCAA Football 11.
As soon as the throw had left Martinez’s hands, it was obvious that not only was it poorly thrown, but that if it was anywhere near a defender, it would be intercepted.
Mike McNeil came across the field and was in the perfect spot for a catch, but so was an Idaho defender.
Nebraska is breaking in some new blood at the tackle position, but they’re going to be headed to a hostile environment where audibles and check downs aren’t going to be as easy as they are in Lincoln.
Offensive line coach Barney Cotton has a lot of work to do and a week to do it.