Article first published as Nebraska's Taylor Martinez Feeling the Heat From Fellow Students and Media on Technorati.
Yoshi Hardrick, teammate and friend of Taylor Martinez, has come to the defense of the often attacked Nebraska quarterback. According to Hardrick fellow students have been razing Martinez and his girlfriend while in class about his performance on the field. Martinez threw three interceptions in a 48-17 loss to Wisconsin Saturday night.
"Some girl told him, 'Stop throwing interceptions,'" Hardrick said. "It's just too much. He's in a Spanish class and they're talking about interceptions."
Martinez's girlfriend has also reportedly been on the receiving end of offensive remarks about Taylor's play on the field.
Senior wideout Brandon Kinnie have said everyone is behind Martinez. "We have all the confidence in him still," Kinnie said.
"Everybody loves Taylor," Hardrick said after practice Tuesday. "He's the leader of our team. He's the quarterback."
Martinez is sick of being ridiculed and it showed during the press conference on Monday when he was sarcastic and short with every answer. "You guys rip me anyway, so it really doesn't matter."
Read any local media release or look at any college football message board and it doesn't take long to find criticism involving the play of Martinez. It's to be expected when you play the premiere position on the football field at a major university like Nebraska.
Regardless of what being said, Martinez's starting job at quarterback doesn't seem to be in jeopardy. Head Coach Bo Pelini said, "If you look at what Taylor's done for the bulk of the season, I'm glad he's our quarterback."
Martinez will face a tough defense again this week against Ohio State. Good or bad, his preformance will be scrutinized to the extreme. He better get use to it, it comes with the territory.