|Martinez matures against Okie State (Photo Ben Renyolds)|
Martinez showed a different level of poise in the pocket, waiting to throw the ball until a receiver got open, then throwing to spots only his guy could make the catch. On multiple occasions, he shook off would-be tacklers and threw down field for a positive gain, instead of simply tucking the ball and running like he's done most of the season.
Martinez was asked about the emphasis on the pass, "In practice we always pass like that," he said. "Today we just showed everybody else that we can throw the ball instead of dropping back and running."
|Blackmon burns Amukamara (Photo Ben Reynolds)|
The statement T-Magic made on the field Saturday answered concerns about what his ability to bounce back after a poor outing (see Texas) would be. In the game, Martinez took several hits, made some bad reads, and lost a fumbled but seemed to forget the mistakes quickly. If he was pouting on the sidelines after getting pulled against Texas, you sure wouldn't think it was the same kid against the Pokes. He was confident, a little cocky, and noticeably vocal when celebrating a couple of the Husker touchdowns.
Martinez performance didn't go unnoticed nationally, as he was named the Offensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Foundation. Saturday's game probably didn't put Martinez back on the Heisman watch list again quite yet, but another couple games like this one, surely we will be taking about the possibilities again.
|Nebraska's Alex Henry is a great kicker. (Photo Ben Reynolds)|