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Taylor Martinez is one of the most polarizing figures Nebraska has seen. His attitude and off-field antics, along with his well-documented struggles throwing the ball, have earned him a place in the doghouse for many Nebraska fans.
Plus, dude, seriously. What's with the gloves?
But if you paid attention to his performance as the season wore on, you saw a player growing and maturing into his role as a quarterback. He seemed to embrace the offensive shift away from the T-Magic show, which should put to rest some of the “ballhog” claims leveled at him last year.
And he began to make better decisions, along with an ability to protect the football and keep the offense on the field.
What seemed to be sacrificed as a result of the new T-Manager role Martinez took on was the explosive playmaking that excited fans at the start of last year.
The 2012 season will be Martinez’s junior year. If he can somehow rediscover that explosiveness, while retaining the leadership and decision-making he demonstrated this year, Martinez could be in line for a very special season.