Taylor Martinez Nebraska Football: Prima Donna QB or Bo Pelini's Scapegoat?

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Taylor Martinez Nebraska Football: Prima Donna QB or Bo Pelini's Scapegoat?
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Taylor Martinez isn't going anywhere.

The redshirt freshman quarterback at Nebraska announced yesterday that he is staying at the school, ending rumors and speculation that he would transfer. Martinez finished the year throwing for 1,631 yards passing, and 10 touchdowns, while rushing for 965 and 12 more TDs.

Martinez helped Nebraska to a top 10 ranking this year, including a win over Oklahoma State. But the Cornhuskers fell apart at the end, losing to Texas A&M and Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship Game, along with a 19-7 loss to 6-6 Washington in the Holiday Bowl.

Martinez said in an email he wants to grow from the challenges he faced this season, and that Nebraska is in place to have continued success for many years under coach Bo Pelini.

At times this year, it seemed like their relationship was healthy, and contentious, leaving one to wonder: Did Martinez become Pelini's scapegoat, or was he just another young, prima donna athlete getting a rude awakening to big time college football? Merriam-Webster's Dictionary defines a prima donna as: "A vain or undisciplined person who finds it difficult to work under direction or as part of a team."

Does that fit Martinez? Time to examine the issue. Here are five reasons he was a scapegoat, and five reasons why he was a prima donna:

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