Nebraska Rumors: Is Quarterback Taylor Martinez Still a Cornhusker?

Brandon Cavanaugh@ INovember 22, 2010

LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 13: Taylor Martinez #3 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers hands the ball to Rex Burkhead #22 during second half action of their game at Memorial Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska Defeated Kansas 20-3. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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What a difference a day makes.

Saturday evening, Taylor Martinez and the Nebraska Cornhuskers were trotting off Kyle Field following a controversial 9-6 loss to the Texas A&M Aggies.

The game saw Martinez start at quarterback, but he was not long for the game. Center Mike Caputo inadvertently stepped on Martinez’s injured ankle. He quickly found his way to the sideline with his training staff, visually upset as he threw his helmet to the stadium’s track.

Martinez headed to the locker room to have his ankle examined and returned later to an unexpected surprised. As Cody Green attempted to breathe life into a Nebraska offense crippled by poor throws and penalties, Martinez received a severe dressing-down by head coach Bo Pelini.

He would return to the game, but the damage was done by both his ankle and finally controversy. Sunday evening, rumors began to circulate across the Internet from the shocking to out-and-out grandiose.

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The theme was central, however: Taylor Martinez had quit the team.

After only a solid half hour and millions of texts, tweets, Facebook messages and e-mails, Husker Nation was on red alert—and not the good kind.

The Omaha World-Herald promptly got on the phone with the best person to answer the question aside from Martinez himself.

“He’s still on the team,” Pelini said according to the Omaha newspaper.

It appears that a statement opportunity by Martinez’s father was declined. Pelini also declined to comment on the content of the conversation between him and his quarterback.

It appears that Nebraska fans can breathe a bit easier. The next challenge is the one facing the Cornhuskers in the first place. They now have to topple Colorado or they lose the Big 12 North.

With Martinez back in the saddle, Nebraska’s offense should be re-energized. It seems to run on T-Magic, after all.

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