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At some point during the season, Taylor Martinez will be watching instead of playing
There is little doubt that Taylor Martinez is going to begin the season as Nebraska's starting quarterback. Martinez is the incumbent and reports say that he has improved dramatically in both his on-field ability and his overall demeanor.
However, as Husker fans saw last year, you need more than one quarterback to make it through a season, especially when you run a system that is heavy on the quarterback running. That being said, this prediction is more about believing that Brion Carnes will take advantage of his opportunity when he gets it, than it is to say that Martinez has not improved from last year.
It is not a large limb to go out on to say that at some point, Taylor Martinez will probably get banged up and have to take a few plays off, maybe more. When he does, I believe Brion Carnes will come in and make the most of his chance.
Carnes, while not as fast as Martinez, is still a very good and effective runner. What Carnes brings to the table that Martinez does not is a more natural feel for the passing game. After watching tape on both players, one of the biggest things that stuck out is what each player did when their first option on a passing play was covered or the play started to break down.
Taylor Martinez's first instinct is to use his feet to make the best of the situation and try to make forward progress that way. On the other hand, Brion Carnes is very good at buying time with his legs and keeping his eyes downfield to look for receivers. This ability will help keep defenses honest and give Nebraska more of a dynamic presence on offense.
This is not to say that Brion Carnes will take over the reigns permanently, but what he brings to the offense will make him hard to take out of the lineup once he gets a chance to play.