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Name: Adrian Martinez (+) Coming off Nov 2021 Shoulder INJ/Transfer from Nebraska
College: Kansas State     Number: 9
Height: 6-1   Weight: 212
Position: QB  Pos2: ATH
Class/Draft Year: rSr/2023

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 Data Scout Notes: 2021: HMC...Transfer from Nebraska...(+) Coming off Nov 2021 Shoulder INJ...2019: NAC...PMaxwell/PWCamp/POBrien/PMaxwell


 Adrian Martinez, Kansas State, Player News


  A few hours after Adrian Martinez announced that he was transferring away from Nebraska last winter, a restaurant full of Huskers fans greeted the dual-threat quarterback with a standing ovation when he went out for dinner. Martinez was grateful for the reception when he arrived alone at HopCat, a popular bar and grill in downtown Lincoln, that night. But he chuckles as he recalls the story. Why? Because he's still surprised no one in the place recognized the man with whom he dined: Kansas State offensive coordinator Collin Klein.

"I consider Coach Klein to be a college football legend," Martinez said. "He was incognito in the back. When I walked in people started standing and clapping for me and they didn't realize this guy, who was a Heisman Trophy finalist, was just sitting over there. I think if anyone deserved some claps it was probably him." Klein and Martinez share a strong mutual respect for each other, and that is one of the main reasons why Martinez ultimately decided to continue his college football career with the Wildcats. "Our worldview from a faith and family perspective is the same," Klein said. "Us both being quarterbacks and how we think is very similar. It was just a great fit from the get go." - The Kansas City Star


(DS#50 QB) rSr/2023 QB Adrian MartinezKansas State
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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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  Poised for a 2022 standout season: The success or failure of the Wildcats in 2022 rests largely on whether Adrian Martinez, a four-year starter at Nebraska, is able to bounce back from offseason shoulder surgery and eliminate the interceptions and other mistakes that relegated him to mediocrity with the Cornhuskers. The shoulder appears to be ahead of schedule and that's good news given the dearth of other replacements for the departed Skylar Thompson. - AP College Football

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  Adrian Martinez is heading to Kansas State from Nebraska. The four-year starting quarterback for the Cornhuskers announced Thursday night on Twitter that he would transfer to K-State. He is immediately eligible. Martinez was a three-time captain at Nebraska but went just 14-25 as the starter. He completed 61.8% of his passes for 2,863 yards with 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this past season. K-State loses senior starter Skylar Thompson after the Jan. 4 Texas Bowl against LSU and is on track to go into spring with four scholarship quarterbacks, including Martinez. Martinez was Nebraska’s first major addition following coach Scott Frost’s hiring in December 2017. He had initially committed to Tennessee. - AP College Football

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  Adrian Martinez ran for a career-best three touchdowns and passed for another, and Nebraska broke big play after big play while putting away Northwestern early in a 56-7 win Saturday night. The Cornhuskers (3-3, 1-2 Big Ten) were sharp from the get-go and dominated a matchup that usually has produced close games. Eight of the previous 10 in the series were decided by eight points or less. It was the Huskers' most lopsided win in a Big Ten game since they joined the conference in 2011.

For Northwestern (2-3, 0-2), the losing margin matched the second largest in Pat Fitzgerald's 16 years as coach. Martinez connected with Samori Toure for a 70-yard pass on the game's first play from scrimmage - a sign of things to come - and the Huskers went into halftime with a 35-7 lead. Zavier Betts opened the second half with an 83-yard touchdown run down the sideline, and Martinez hit Toure in stride for a 38-yard score to make it 49-7. The Huskers had seven plays go for at least 20 yards and their 657 yards were their most in two years. Their 427 rushing yards were their most since they ran for 458 against Illinois in 2014. Martinez ran for 58 yards and had TD runs of 1, 1 and 25 yards and completed 11 of 17 passes for 202 yards. - Nebraska/AP College Football


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  Fordham hung tough with Nebraska for a while, but ultimately the Cornhuskers imposed their will on their overmatched visitor from New York City. Adrian Martinez ran for two touchdowns and passed for another, and the Huskers broke away in the second quarter and went on to a 52-7 victory Saturday. "We have confidence in who we are as a team and what we're capable of, so that means in games like this we need to come in and take care of business, and we did what we were supposed to do," Martinez said. The win came a week after the Huskers' season-opening loss at Illinois. Did a 45-point win over a Football Championship Subdivision opponent represent progress? "I would say so," coach Scott Frost said. "We won a game." Martinez established a connection with Montana transfer Samori Toure, who caught eight balls for 133 yards and ran three times for 35 yards and a touchdown. Markese Stepp added 101 yards on 18 carries as the Huskers (1-1) finished with 633 total yards. Fordham linebacker Ryan Greenhagen finished with a Division I record-tying 30 tackles, the most since Donald Payne had the same number for Stetson against Campbell in 2014. - Nebraska/AP College Football

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  After the game, Martinez was asked how he goes about fixing his turnover bug now. "No disrespect, but if I had the answer, it wouldn't have happened today," Martinez said, before continuing a few moments later. "It's just a matter of continuing to get better. Understanding those mistakes and understanding that they are hurting this football team, and we have to get better." The 6-foot-2, 212-pound Martinez was one of the few sparks offensively Saturday. He was 16-of-32 for 232 yards, and he ran for 111 yards on a team-high 17 carries.

But he didn't have a lot of help. The NU offensive line allowed five sacks and Martinez was flushed out many other times. The running game wasn't established, and the passing routes were not always crisp. "I was just as surprised if not more surprised that there was those types of mistakes," Martinez said. "My fumble at the end of the half, I think that was a big moment for our team, and those types of mistakes can't happen." Scott Frost said Martinez played OK. "I thought he made some good plays, there's some plays we've got to make," NU's coach said. - Lincoln Journal Star


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  Entering Saturday: Adrian Martinez was Nebraska's leading rusher last year, and its best option, but to keep him healthy, Scott Frost wanted to be cautious with his running workload this year. Saturday: Much like last year, Martinez was the Huskers' leading rusher. He had 14 totes for 62 yards by the early part of the fourth quarter, though NU had to abandon the run by the second half. Much of Martinez's running came on designed pass plays, including a career-long 75-yard touchdown in which the senior tucked the ball and took off when he saw a gaping hole to his left. Not counting sacks, Martinez ran the ball 12 times, while NU's running backs combined for 19. - Lincoln Journal Star

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  Quite a bit of praise was thrown Adrian Martinez's way Thursday during Big Ten Media Days. Nebraska coach Scott Frost reiterated the sort of kudos he's had for the junior quarterback throughout the offseason. But Husker tight end Austin Allen's observations about Martinez here perhaps stood out the most. "He's super, super confident," Allen said. "That's all I've got to say about it." He later elaborated. "He's got nothing to lose. Guys with nothing to lose can be dangerous," said Allen, the Huskers' second-leading receiver in 2020. "He'll tell you he's had a couple (of) off years the last couple years (after a strong freshman season). He's trimmed down 15 pounds this offseason. He's the second-fastest guy on the team right now. It's crazy. I think you're going to see a completely different Adrian than what we've seen the last couple years, and it's going to be for the better as a leader, as a player and in his character."

Martinez, listed at 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, has the second-fastest pro-agility time on the team behind only starting safety Deontai Williams, according to Allen. The QB's excellent pro-agility prowess helps, for instance, in terms of escaping defenders. "I'm expecting Adrian to have a really big season," Frost said. - Lincoln Journal Star


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  Nebraska returns a three-year starter at quarterback in Adrian Martinez and eight of its top 10 tacklers from the 2020 season. Even so, Big Ten media members are unconvinced the Huskers have the goods to capture the West Division. Nebraska, 3-5 a year ago, is picked to finish fifth in the seven-team division in the 2021 cleveland.com Preseason Big Ten Poll. Each of the 34 voters was asked to vote No. 1 through No. 7 in both divisions, with first-place votes worth seven points, second-place votes worth six, and so on.

Wisconsin was the clear-cut choice to capture the West, receiving 29 first-place votes and a total of 233 points. Iowa was picked to finish second, picking up five first-place votes and 202 points. Northwestern, last year's Big Ten West first-place finisher, was picked to wind up third (160 points), followed by Minnesota (146) and Nebraska (91 1/2). Nebraska opens the season Aug. 28 at Illinois, which was picked last in the West with 47 points, far behind sixth-place pick Purdue (72 1/2). - Lincoln Journal Star


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  Nebraska junior quarterback Adrian Martinez earned recognition Monday in that regard, as he was named to the Maxwell Award preseason list. The Maxwell Award has been presented to the college player of the year since 1937 and is named in honor of Robert "Tiny" Maxwell, a former standout at Swarthmore College and a renowned sports writer and football official. A major college football award named after a sports writer? That's sort of cool.

This is actually the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Martinez's third straight appearance on the Maxwell Award watch list. He comes off a shortened 2020 season when he completed 71.5 percent of his passes for 1,055 yards and four touchdowns (with three picks) while rushing for a team-high 521 yards and seven scores. He became the third player in program history to lead Nebraska in both rushing and passing in the same season and was the fourth Husker quarterback to lead the team in rushing. His 71.5 completion percentage ranked fifth in Big Ten history and was the fourth-best mark in a Big Ten Conference season. - Lincoln Journal Star


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  On Saturday, Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez released the first episode of a podcast he is co-hosting called Athletes Unfiltered. In explaining why he wanted to venture into content production, the veteran Husker signal-caller said he enjoys podcasts himself and thought it would be an interesting route to explore, especially given the fact that there isn't much else like it out there in college athletics. "For starters, I wanted to give athletes a voice, another form, another avenue for that, whether that's some of my teammates former teammates, guys across the country and hear some of their stories in a more unfiltered setting," he said.

Later, he added, "I feel like nothing like this has been done by a college athlete at a major football school. Kind of providing an unfiltered take, different opinions on sport, and I think I can lead the way and we can lead the way." Martinez, a Fresno, California, native, graduated this spring and has up to two years of eligibility remaining in Lincoln. This summer, the NCAA is set to finally address some questions around Name, Image and Likeness and perhaps allow for the first time college athletes to profit off of their own Images. - Lincoln Journal Star


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  Starter Adrian Martinez looks good, feels good and impressed his coaches and teammates alike this spring. Martinez trimmed down to 213 pounds - he said he'll be a couple of pounds lighter than in 2020 and more like 10-15 lighter than in 2019 - and said he felt an extra step's worth of burst when running the football. We also learned Martinez likes the group of receivers he's throwing to, and offensive coordinator Matt Lubick said Martinez's accuracy has reached a new level. Behind Martinez, we learned a critical piece of the puzzle as well: Coach Scott Frost feels good enough about the depth behind Martinez that he doesn't think the Huskers have to take a transfer this summer. - Lincoln Journal Star

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  Already one of the top returning quarterbacks in the Big Ten - as his QB rating last season suggests - Nebraska's Adrian Martinez concentrates on taking his game to a higher level. He focused on three areas this spring. "I wanted to elevate my leadership - find a way to encourage our guys and drive our unit," the junior from California said May 1 following the Red-White Spring Game. "If things aren't going our way, find a way to turn that around. That was the first checkpoint I wanted to hit. "Secondly, I want to get better myself with accuracy and decision-making. I think you can always get better at those things."

Of course, he also concentrated on ball security, arguably his biggest bugaboo. "Turnovers have been a problem," he said. "It's definitely been a point of emphasis for us." By all accounts, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Martinez enjoyed an excellent spring. He dropped weight and looked quicker. One of his veteran receivers, Levi Falck, said Martinez is throwing the ball harder and smoother than a year ago. Martinez obviously didn't have a great year in 2020. But he was efficient enough to rank fourth among returning Big Ten starting quarterbacks in QB rating. - Lincoln Journal Star


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  This spring, coaches and players alike have said Martinez looks like he's got some pep in his step and in his arm. What does that mean in the grand scheme of things? Yeah, it's spring ball and Week 1 is a long way off, but it can't hurt that the general consensus is that Martinez has looked good. Lubick added his thoughts on Wednesday. "I thought he had a good last year, especially with his completion percentage and really toward the end of the year," Lubick said. "He's taken it to another level from a leadership standpoint and an accuracy standpoint. I even think from a fitness standpoint. I already knew he was a good athlete and he was fast, but he looks even a step faster. "He's throwing balls on time and he's really making the receivers and tight ends and everyone look good because he's putting the ball where it's supposed to be on a consistent basis."

Timely throws come when a quarterback is making decisions on schedule, something that head coach Scott Frost, quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco and Martinez himself have all talked about many times over the past two years. Martinez has the arm to make any throw required, he just at times either has not been decisive enough or has struggled to consistently harness his mechanics. "He's always had great zip and arm strength - I think NFL arm strength - but the thing that I've noticed is he's taken his accuracy another step," Lubick said. "When he has to put touch on the ball, he can put touch on the ball. That's why we've been able to complete more deep balls than in the past. "I've been really happy with the way he's throwing the ball." - Lincoln Journal Star


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  Saturday's game moved Martinez into fourth place on Nebraska's career passing yardage list - he's now at 5,262 - as he passed Dave Humm and Joe Ganz. His work on the ground put him over 1,500 career rushing yards, and moved him within 10 yards of his coach, Frost, for seventh on NU's quarterback rushing list. For the second week in a row, Martinez was efficient, too. Combined with an 18-for-20 effort against Iowa, Martinez is 41-for-50 for 416 yards through the air over the past two weeks. "I would say Luke (McCaffrey) and I have been pushing each other at practice, Coach (Matt) Lubick, Coach Verdu (Mario Verduzco), we've just all been really honed in on the details," Martinez said. "And our receivers have really started to come into their own - that's Levi (Falck), Oliver (Martin), our tight ends - they're all helping us out a tremendous amount. So I feel really good about those guys and I know Luke does, as well. "We've just been chopping at it."

It's been a lot of chopping for Martinez throughout the season. It appears, though, all that work is beginning to show results. "I think it's a little bit of everybody. Part of that goes on us with receivers and running backs and tight ends moving in practice the way we should be to make sure that Adrian's confident whenever we get out to the games," NU receiver Wan'Dale Robinson said. "This week was probably our best week of practice with that, and obviously it showed out there on the field." - Lincoln journal Star


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  Adrian Martinez ran for two touchdowns and passed for another to help Nebraska to a 37-27 victory over Purdue on Saturday. Martinez completed 23 of 30 passes for 242 yards and rushed for another 45 yards for the Cornhuskers. Both teams are 2-4 in the Big Ten-only schedule. Nebraska took a 34-13 lead on Martinez's 1-yard touchdown run early in the second half. Purdue bounced back to narrow the deficit to 34-27 with two Jack Plummer touchdown passes. However, Nebraska regained control with an eight play, 79-yard drive capped by Connor Culp's 32-yard field goal, his third, with 7:04 to play.

Plummer connected with Payne Durham for a 20-yard touchdown with 1:29 left in third quarter and hooked up with David Bell for an 89-yard score with 12:16 remaining in the fourth quarter. Two Nebraska defenders ran into each other leaving Bell wide open. Plummer completed 33 of 47 passes for 334 yards. Martinez completed 14 of 19 passes in the first half to help the Cornhuskers take a 27-13 halftime lead. Nebraska jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first 5 minutes on Purdue's special teams miscues. - Nebraska/AP College Football


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  Adrian Martinez has been through more than a few ups and downs over the course of his Nebraska football career so far. Up until a couple of weeks ago, though, he had never been benched. That marked a tough moment for the junior and two-time captain from Fresno, California. Instead of wilting or throwing in the towel, though, he made a decision. "My mindset was that of a captain. Our captains are voted on by the team, and that's something that means a lot to me," Martinez told reporters Monday. "It's an honor, and I owe it to those guys to give it everything I have; that was really my mindset.

"Regardless of the fact that I've been demoted, I was going to be there to support Luke (McCaffrey) and support our team because, I mean, that's what matters. That's what I came here to do, and my mindset didn't shift. I wanted to win. I still want to win, and showing up each and every day with that type of attitude and mindset? It's what leaders do. It's what good leaders do." This conversation, perhaps, is even more pertinent to the current state of affairs at Nebraska than the fact that he returned to the starting lineup Friday against Iowa. Martinez completed all but two of his 20 passes for 174 yards in a largely smooth timeshare with McCaffrey. - Lincoln Journal Star


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  Scott Frost thought his football team was primed to break through and earn the kind of victory that represents a step forward for a program trying to gain its footing. Instead, the Huskers on Saturday afternoon broke down, the works too gummed up by the kind of mistakes that have caused the program to sputter and chug rather than kick into gear. The back-breakers in a 21-13 loss to Northwestern? A pair of interceptions, one each by junior Adrian Martinez and redshirt freshman Luke McCaffrey, that turned scoring chances into dust. Martinez's came late in the third quarter when he came back to the middle of the field late and threw a ball up for grabs toward tight end Austin Allen, a mistake that quarterbacks can ill-afford to make, particularly into the end zone. It was enough for coach Scott Frost to take Martinez out of the game and put McCaffrey in. - Lincoln Journal Star

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  Nebraska had both of its quarterbacks lose a fumble against Ohio State, a troubling start in a department that's caused issues over NU's past two seasons. Junior Adrian Martinez had the ball knocked out and returned for a touchdown that extended the Buckeyes' lead to 38-14 in the third quarter and Luke McCaffrey had one stripped while running through traffic later in the game. Martinez acknowledged the turnover Monday and said, "It can't happen. I've had trouble in the past with turnovers and it's something that we have to limit in order for us to be a good football team." Frustrated but 'determined,' Huskers tasked with pushing forward during 'broken, messed-up year' Over 24 games in the 2018 and 2019 seasons, Nebraska quarterbacks fumbled 27 times and lost 12. Martinez started 21 of those games and accounted for 20 and 10, respectively. - Lincoln Journal Star

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  Adrian Martinez is once again Nebraska's starting quarterback. Husker head coach Scott Frost confirmed that news Monday as his team dives fully into game week preparations for Ohio State on Saturday. He said NU has the luxury of "two first-string quarterbacks," in Martinez and redshirt freshman Luke McCaffrey, but that the junior will get the first crack at guiding the Husker offense. "Adrian is going to be our quarterback," Frost said. "I feel like I have two guys that are playing at a really high level. I've seen a lot of improvement out of Adrian this year and am seeing a lot of improvement out of Luke this year. "Both those guys are capable of moving our offense and doing a great job." Martinez, a 21-game starter at Nebraska, on Saturday was named one of the team's five captains, the second straight year he's earned that designation. Just before Frost spoke with reporters Monday, Martinez said that he felt good about his place in the competition. "It's not really my place to speak on (the decision about who is starting), but I'm feeling good about where I'm at, and I'm going to continue preparing that way," the Fresno, California, native said. - Lincoln Journal Star

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  Less than four weeks out from Nebraska's season opener against Ohio State, junior Adrian Martinez is the starting quarterback. It's been assumed all offseason, and offensive coordinator Matt Lubick confirmed as much during a news conference Thursday. Still, Martinez is getting a stiff challenge from redshirt freshman Luke McCaffrey. "They're both playing at a high level. I don't know if I look at it as pressure (that McCaffrey is putting on Martinez)," Lubick said. "I think they're both making each other better. We feel good about both guys right now, we really do. As a matter of fact, (walk-on Matt) Masker and Logan (Smothers), our freshman, are playing really well, too. We feel like we have great depth at that position."

In terms of the top job, though, Martinez and McCaffrey are the contenders. Martinez has 21 career starts under his belt and McCaffrey saw limited time last year while maintaining his redshirt. "Adrian is the starter as of today, but Luke has done a great job and it's a friendly competition that makes both guys better," Lubick said. "We've repped both of them with the No. 1s, they've both moved the ball, they've both had great camps so far in non-padded stuff. "That evaluation is always ongoing, but Adrian has improved. He's going to be a better football player this year." - Lincoln Journal Star


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  2020 PRESEASON MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: QB Adrian Martinez, Nebraska,...Martinez, who was also named to the Maxwell Award watch list in 2019, has started the last two seasons of the Huskers. The Fresno, Calif., native started 10 games as a sophomore, completing nearly 60 percent of his passes for 1,956 yards and 10 TDs, while also rushing for 626 yards and seven scores. He ranked third in the Big Ten in total offense per game (258.2 ypg). In his first two seasons, Martinez has tied or set 11 marks, including NU's career record for games with at least 400 yards of total offense (four). - Nebraska Football

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  The Legislature on Tuesday gave final 37-6 approval to a bill that would allow college athletes in Nebraska to earn money through personal endorsement of products and use of their name, image or likeness. The measure (LB962), sponsored by Sen. Megan Hunt of Omaha, was modeled after legislation enacted by California lawmakers a year ago. The proposal, part of a growing movement that would dramatically alter the traditional status of amateur college athletes, will head to Gov. Pete Ricketts' desk. Hunt's Nebraska Fair Pay to Play Act would also allow athletes to make money by promoting sponsored content on social media and by giving private lessons or hosting camps.

Opponents of the change have argued that it will ignite a new kind of bidding war in the recruitment of college athletes in which donors or business leaders may play a leading role in offering the prospect of lucrative endorsement prospects or opportunities to recruits. Supporters have argued that universities, TV sports networks and other businesses are enriched by the performance of college athletes while they receive no financial benefit beyond athletic scholarships and accompanying benefits provided by the universities they attend. "With more than 25 states looking at this issue, Nebraska has an opportunity to be a leader in providing economic freedoms to college athletes," Hunt said in a statement following enactment of the bill. "Nebraska is the third state in the nation to enact name, image and likeness rights legislation," she said. - Lincoln Journal Star


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  Adrian Martinez's struggle was real last season. But the Nebraska junior quarterback thinks what he learned could produce benefits that are just as real. He sheds quite a bit of light during a recent "No Struggle No Story" podcast, acknowledging that his injuries last season coupled with his team's losing wore on him mentally. He also acknowledged the inherent challenges Nebraska faces in striving to become a national power again. Throughout the interview, the California native shows signs of personal growth. Yeah, the whole college thing - learning, coping, growing, thriving - seemingly is working for him. "A big operation like this, turning around one of the top football programs in the country, is tough," said Martinez, noting the strength of the Big Ten Conference. "It's going to take some time. I think we knew that."

He's now 9-12 in two seasons as Nebraska's starting quarterback after going 5-5 in 2019. Coming off a strong freshman season in 2018, he admits he felt the weight of high expectations entering last year. Then came an overtime loss at Colorado in the second game, then a 48-7 home loss to Ohio State in the fifth game. He felt pressure mounting. "It was tough," said the 6-foot-2, 225-pound native of Fresno. "I won't lie. It definitely got to me a bit during that stretch of the year, when we lost to Ohio State in a big way in a prime-time game. That was tough. We were hoping for a better result." He alluded to his injuries. First, it was a knee injury that occurred near the end of an Oct. 5 home win against Northwestern. He missed back-to-back games - losses at Minnesota and to Indiana in Lincoln. - Lincoln Journal Star


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  Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez endured what many considered to be a sophomore slump last season. He's apparently working hard this offseason to bust out of the slump. "I think there's some things that he's done differently this year that will give him an opportunity to be better," Husker head coach Scott Frost said Monday. Asked for specifics, the coach said, "I think it's just his mindset and his approach. He came in his first year and had to compete for that spot, and he looked like a competitor every single day in practice."

Martinez's mindset carried into competition as the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Californian averaged a school-record 295.1 yards of total offense per game and was named a freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America. "Year 2, because of the situation, I think he was able to put it in cruise control a little more, and I think that showed up on the field a little bit," Frost said. "That's not to put everything on him. There's a lot of things he couldn't control. But I don't think he'll be lax in his preparation ever again." After completing 64.6% of his passes as a freshman, Martinez dipped to 59.4% last season. After averaging 237.9 passing yards per game in 2018, he averaged 195.6 in 2019. - Lincoln Journal Star


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  Adrian Martinez had a promising freshman season for Nebraska and then fell short of massive expectations in 2019. In both of his years as NU's starting quarterback, he's missed time due to injury, in large part because he's been asked to carry a heavy workload in the run game. Martinez is a serious talent, works hard and has leadership qualities, so it befuddled Nebraska coaches last year as to why he struggled. The bottom line is he must make good decisions - last year's 10-to-9 touchdown-to-interception ratio won't cut it and he's turned the ball over 27 times in 21 career starts - and he must improve his accuracy. - Lincoln Journal Star

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  Nebraska announced Friday that offensive coordinator Troy Walters has left the program, ending a four-year working relationship with head coach Scott Frost. The program said Walters, who also served as receivers coach, was leaving by mutual agreement with the Cornhuskers. No other details were given. Walters had worked with Frost for four years, the last two at Nebraska and the previous two at Central Florida. Walters was a finalist for the 2017 Broyles Award, given annually to the nation's top assistant coach. "Troy has been a valued member of our coaching staff for the past four years," Frost said. "Troy is a good mentor for his players, provides great energy on and off the field, and carries himself with a presence off the field that will be missed. I want to thank him for his work on our coaching staff, and wish him and his family all the best going forward."

Though Walters was offensive coordinator, Frost has handled the play-calling. The Huskers were 5-7 last season, a one-win improvement over 2018, but the offensive production declined partly because of injuries to quarterback Adrian Martinez. The Huskers' receivers also underperformed. Walters also had coaching stings at Indiana State, Texas A&M, North Carolina State and Colorado. The former Stanford receiver also played for four teams during an eight-year career in the NFL. - AP College Football


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  Nebraska ended a four-game skid and kept alive its hope of becoming bowl eligible by defeating mistake-prone Maryland 54-7 Saturday behind a standout performance by quarterback Adrian Martinez. The Cornhuskers (5-6, 3-5 Big Ten) took a 17-0 lead in the first quarter and coasted to their first victory since Oct. 5. With a win at home against Iowa on Friday in the regular-season finale, Nebraska will become eligible for a bowl bid for the first time since 2016. Martinez ran for 94 yards and a score and went 16 for 25 for 194 yards and two touchdowns, both to JD Spielman. He was taken out in the third quarter with the score 44-0.

The defense deserves some credit, too. Maryland (3-8, 1-7) could muster only 206 yards and nine first downs in its sixth straight defeat. A 58-yard touchdown run by Javon Leake with 3:13 remaining ruined Nebraska's bid for its first shutout since a 33-0 rout of Arizona in the 2009 Holiday Bowl. Maryland has absorbed many a lopsided loss during coach Mike Locksley's first season, but this one might be the most embarrassing given that the Cornhuskers had previously won only once on the road. The Terrapins lost two quarterbacks to injuries along the way, Tyrrell Pigrome and Lance LeGendre, who separated a shoulder. The bumbling Terps lost four fumbles, three by Leake, turnovers that led by 17 Nebraska points. - Nebraska/AP College Football


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  Adrian Martinez passed for 327 yards and three touchdowns to lead Nebraska over Illinois 42-38 Saturday night in the Big Ten Conference opener for both teams. The Cornhuskers (3-1, 1-0) put up 690 yards of total offense compared to 299 by Illinois (2-2, 0-1). Martinez also rushed 18 times for 188 yards. Wan'Dale Robinson carried the ball 19 times for 89 yards and a touchdown. Dedrick Mills rushed 12 times for 62 yards and a touchdown.

"He (Martinez) is a good player. I'm glad he wears the scarlet and cream," said Nebraska coach Scott Frost. "He goes in and wants to take over a game. He is clearly capable of that." Brandon Peters was 9 of 22 for 78 yards passing with a touchdown and one interception for Illinois. Reggie Corbin carried the ball 20 times for 134 yards and a touchdown. Ra'Von Bonner and Peters also had rushing touchdowns for the Illini. - Nebraska/AP College Football


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  Adrian Martinez threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, Dedrick Mills rushed for 116 yards and Nebraska beat Northern Illinois 44-8 on Saturday night. The Cornhuskers (2-1) bounced back from blowing a 17-point lead in an overtime loss at Colorado last week. NIU (1-2) won 21-17 in Lincoln two years ago but was no match this time. Nebraska had 525 yards of total offense, limited the Huskies to 74 yards rushing and posted its largest margin of victory over a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent since a 39-point win over South Alabama in 2015.

"What's made us good as a staff is always keeping a foot on the gas," Nebraska coach Scott Frost said. "I want our guys to play like that all the time." Martinez threw for 257 yards and had 301 yards of total offense, the ninth time in 14 career starts he's gone over 300. "Adrian is going to keep getting better, too," Frost said. "There are still some things he needs to learn. But he's still a true sophomore. He's a really good player and he's going to make whatever plays we need him to." - Nebraska/AP College Football


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  2019 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF YEAR PLAYERS TO WATCH: Adrian Martinez, QB, Sophomore, Nebraska,...Martinez returns to pilot the Husker attack after a record-breaking freshman year in 2018. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder set 11 school records after becoming the first true freshman quarterback to start an opener in school history. On the season, Martinez completed 224-of-347 passes for 2,617 yards and 17 touchdowns, while also rushing for 629 yards and eight scores en route to All-Big Ten and Freshman All-America honors. - Nebraska Football

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  2019 BIG TEN PRESEASON HONORS (MEDIA): Adrian Martinez, So., QB, NEB,...Martinez guides a prolific Husker attack and returns after a record-breaking 2018 campaign. The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder set 11 school records after becoming the first true freshman quarterback to start an opener in school history. Martinez completed 224-of-347 passes for 2,617 yards and 17 touchdowns last season, while also rushing for 629 yards and eight TDs on his way to All-Big Ten accolades.

Last season, Martinez ranked 12th nationally and led all freshmen nationally in total offense per game (295.1 ypg, a Nebraska record) while also setting school marks for 300-yard total offense (seven) and 400-yard total offense (three) games. He set freshman records for completions, completion percentage, passing yards, passing touchdowns, total offense and total touchdowns (25) and ranked fourth nationally among all freshmen with 237.9 passing yards per game. - Nebraska Football


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  2019 PRESEASON MAXWELL AWARD CANDIDATE: QB Adrian Martinez, Nebraska,...Martinez returns to pilot the Husker attack after a record-breaking freshman year in 2018. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder set 11 school records after becoming the first true freshman quarterback to start an opener in school history. On the season, Martinez completed 224-of-347 passes for 2,617 yards and 17 touchdowns, while also rushing for 629 yards and eight scores en route to All-Big Ten and Freshman All-America honors. - Nebraska Football

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  2019 PRESEASON DAVEY O'BRIEN NATIONAL QUARTERBACK AWARD WATCH LIST: Adrian Martinez, Nebraska, So., 6-2, 220, Fresno, Calif.,...Martinez returns to pilot the Husker attack after a record-breaking freshman year in 2018. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder set 11 school records after becoming the first true freshman quarterback to start an opener in school history. On the season, Martinez completed 224-of-347 passes for 2,617 yards and 17 touchdowns, while also rushing for 629 yards and eight scores en route to All-Big Ten and Freshman All-America honors.

Martinez ranked 12th nationally and led all freshmen nationally in total offense per game (295.1 ypg) while also setting school marks for 300-yard total offense (seven) and 400-yard total offense (three) games in 2018. Martinez set freshman records for completions, completion percentage, passing yards, passing touchdowns, total offense and total touchdowns (25), and he was fourth nationally among all freshmen in passing yards per game at 237.9 yards per game. - Nebraska Football


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