Data Scout Notes: 2013: NA...(+) Coming off Sept 2013 Foot/Toe INJ...PWCamp/POBrien/PMaxwell/PUnitas/PManning/TSXPMVP/TSX-PTW...2012: 1stC/2ndM...POBrien...2011: NA/PManning/POBrien/PMaxwell...2010: ROY/HMC
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03/17/14 - 2014 Pro Days: Nebraska's Taylor Martinez works out at QB, WR, DB...His inconsistent mechanics, release point and overall feel as a passer leads most evaluators to believe if he is to have a NFL future, it will be at a different position. “I felt pretty good doing receiver and safety,” Martinez told reporters after his workout. “Whoever wants me at whatever position, I'll go.” But Martinez isn't giving up on his dream of playing quarterback in the NFL, working out with a passing coach in the months leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft. He hasn't played on the defensive side of the ball since high school and isn't training at other positions, but didn't shy from showing scouts in attendance that he can play wherever they see fit. It wouldn't be the first time a Nebraska quarterback considered switching positions for the NFL. In the 2002 NFL Draft, Huskers Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Eric Crouch was drafted in the third round as a wide receiver and was even tried at safety before his NFL career ended. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/17/14 - 2014 Pro Days: Nebraska's Taylor Martinez works out at QB, WR, DB...With 28 evaluators from 23 NFL teams in attendance, quarterback Taylor Martinez, who wasn't invited to the NFL Combine, performed drills on Thursday at Nebraska's on-campus pro day. Considered a better athlete than polished passer, Martinez showed off his speed in drills and also some versatility by working out not only at quarterback, but also wide receiver and defensive back. Recently recovered from a foot injury that ended his 2013 season, Martinez ran his 40-yard dash in the mid-4.4 range with some stopwatches as low as 4.41. He also recorded a 3.83 in the short shuttle, 39-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-9 broad jump, numbers that would have placed him tops among quarterbacks at the NFL Combine. Martinez is currently ranked as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 33 quarterback in this draft class and is expected to be a priority free agent. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
12/30/13 - Nebraska QB Martinez, DE Moss to miss Gator Bowl...Quarterback Taylor Martinez's career is over at Nebraska. Coach Bo Pelini said Friday that the injured senior will not play in the Gator Bowl against Georgia on Wednesday, CBSSports.com reported. Defensive end Avery Moss also will miss the game to attend to a personal matter and Cornhuskers reserves Jared Afalva, Richard Wynne and Ishmail Jackson were suspended for violations of team rules. Martinez last played in a loss at Minnesota on Oct. 26. That was his only action after he suffered a foot injury against UCLA in the third game of the season. Pelini said in November that Martinez was unlikely to return this year.
The California native had started since he was a redshirt freshman. In 2012, Martinez led the Big Ten in passing efficiency and rushed for 1,019 yards in leading Nebraska to the Big Ten championship game. This season, he was off to another good start, passing for nine touchdowns and one interception in the first three games before the injury. Moss played in all 12 regular-season games this season and was second on the team in sacks with 4.5. Afalva, a linebacker, played sparingly in four games. Wynne and Jackson, both wide receivers, did not have a catch this year. - The Sports Xchange
11/11/13 - Pelini: Taylor Martinez (foot) might not return this season...Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez has been limited by a foot issue for most of the season, appearing in just one game since first suffering the injury against UCLA on Sept. 14. According to Cornhuskers coach Bo Pelini, the injury could prevent the senior quarterback from making a return to the field this season. Martinez missed three games before returning to the lineup at Minnesota on Oct. 26.. Nebraska's offensive struggles in that 34-23 loss -- the only conference loss of the season thus far -- were not the fault of Martinez alone, but he did complete just 16 of 30 passes for 139 yards while recording eight rushing attempts for 16 yards.
With Martinez sidelined, the quarterback duties have been handled by primarily by freshman Tommy Armstrong, with Ron Kellogg III filling in and delivering one of the most memorable moments of the season for Huskers fans. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
11/11/13 - Martinez's Nebraska career may be over...Injured Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez might never play another game for the Cornhuskers. Martinez, a senior, has missed the past two games and five of the past six with a variety of injuries, and an injury to Martinez's foot is the current problem that may not allow him to return this season. When coach Bo Pelini was asked on Monday whether Martinez would play again this season, he said, according to the Detroit Free Press, "I don't know if the chances are real good."
In fact, ESPN's Joe Schad reported that Martinez might need six to eight months to recover from the injury located between Martinez's second and third toes. Martinez has been the Nebraska starter since his freshman year and he holds school records for career total offense, passing yards and touchdown passes. Redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong Jr. has started five games in Martinez's place and is expected to start Saturday's pivotal game against No. 16 Michigan State (8-1, 5-0 in the Big Ten). Nebraska is 7-2 overall, 4-1 in the conference. - The Sports Xchange