The Big Red Blitz event was on Wednesday, and we heard some interesting insight from, Mario Verduzco. He talked about all of the Nebraska football quarterbacks in the program, and was particularly candid when talking about Adrian Martinez.
One of the things he mentioned with Martinez was his lack of his ability to take care the football. As you all know, this was a huge problem last year, and has been an issue throughout his Nebraska football career. he recorded nine interceptions in 2019 and three interceptions in 2020. In comparison, he had just four touchdowns all of last year.
In particular, Verduzco touched on Martinez’s interception against Northwestern, and says that led to his benching in that game. I remember the interception well, and remembering thinking that it was a poor throw. Now, Martinez has to focus on correcting his turnover problems, and Verduzco knows that.
To me, one of the games that really stands out in regard to turnovers was the game against Rutgers. He did not have a good day in terms of limiting mistakes. He had two interceptions, and a passing touchdown. The thing that made them so successful in that game was his ability to run the ball. He had 157 yards and two touchdowns in what was in all-out rushing blitz.
With the way Nebraska football’s schedule is for the coming fall, Martinez will undoubtedly have to focus on limiting mistakes. Hopefully, Nebraska football focuses on the running game a little bit more. That way, Martinez will not have to make as many throws as he did in 2020.
Taking care of the football does not fall on just Martinez however, it falls on the whole entire team. I can’t tell you how many times Nebraska football put themselves in a difficult spot last year because of turnovers. Given that the quarterback is the key piece that makes the offense run, his turnovers will obviously be magnified.
I’ll be interested to see how Martinez does this year with turnovers. If he limit those to even just one per game, that might make a huge difference. Now a senior, Martinez will undoubtedly want to make every single snap count.