Big 12 Football

Taylor Martinez: Nebraska QB Earns Big 12 Honors; In Heisman Race

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA - SEPTEMBER 25: Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Taylor Martinez #3 tries to slip South Dakota State Jackrabbits cornerback Cole Brodie #21during second half action of their game at Memorial Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska Defeated South Dakota State 17-3. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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Andrew RobesonAnalyst IIOctober 11, 2010

After Nebraska's 48-13 thrashing of Kansas State Thursday night, quarterback Taylor Martinez finally has something to add to his resume.

Big XII Player of the Week.

Martinez's 369 total yards helped him win the honor, but it was how he did it that was impressive.

Martinez rushed 15 times for 241 yards, which included four touchdowns of 14, 35, 41, and 80 yards.

He also was 5-of-7 passing, including a 79-yard touchdown pass to sophomore tight end Kyler Reed.

Not only did Martinez's game win him the Big XII honors, but it put him in the middle of a wide open Heisman race.

A Facebook group called "Taylor Martinez for Heisman" already had over 10,000 members by Monday afternoon.

Martinez wasn't the only Husker honored for his performance, junior linebacker LaVonte David also earned Big XII player of the week honors. 

David recorded 16 tackles against Kansas State, and 10 were unassisted. 

One of those tackles was a huge sack on third down to force a Kansas State punt. Three of his stops came on third downs that ended Kansas State drives.

David has recorded double digit tackles in three games this year, and has had 16 or more for two games in a row, which gives him Nebraska's top two tackle performances since 2004. 

If these two can continue keep up their performance, the Huskers will be a team to reckon with come bowl season. 

This article can be read in its entirety at http://huskersred.com/ 

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