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  When Adrian Martinez transferred away from Nebraska, his throwing arm was in a sling. When the senior quarterback enrolled at Kansas State a few weeks later, he was unable to grip a football as his body continued to heal from shoulder surgery. And when the Wildcats held their first spring practice, he was little more than a spectator. Even when he participated in drills, Martinez was limited to handing the ball off to a running back or pitching the ball to a teammate...with his left hand. The chances of him completing a pass to anyone in a K-State uniform before summer workouts seemed far fetched. But he managed to beat the odds. When his rehab process was deemed ahead of schedule, he was cleared to start throwing at the bitter end of spring practice in April.

At long last, K-State receivers learned what it felt like to catch a pass from the team's presumptive starting quarterback. It was a moment that senior wide out Phillip Brooks won't soon forget. "He can throw," Brooks said Tuesday during a Catbacker Event in Salina. "It was at the end of spring ball when I caught my first pass from him. I ran an out route, and when I turned the ball was right there. I was like, 'Ohhhhhhhh!' It was exciting. Then I caught a post from him. He was making plays." Brooks, and the rest of K-State's receiving corps, spent the majority of spring practices working with returning quarterbacks Will Howard, Jake Rubley and Jaren Lewis. But they spent enough time with Martinez to notice a few things. "He has a strong arm," Brooks said. "I can already tell you that." - The Kansas City Star

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