Yes, Taylor Martinez is good.
University of Washington coaches and players gush about the Nebraska quarterback and the challenges he presents as a running threat.
And with good reason. Martinez has rushed for 284 yards on 21 carries, an average of 13.5 yards per carry.
“They’ve got some good schemes, where he gets one-on-one with a safety or one-on-one with a linebacker and a lot of space and he’s beating them,” defensive coordinator Nick Holt said.
Yes, he’s dangerous out of the pocket. But cornerbacks Quinton Richardson and Desmond Trufant have faith in teammates to handle Martinez the runner. They’re concerned about Martinez the passer.
“Coach Nick (Holt) told the corners, we are going let the run game take care itself,” Richardson said. “We’ve got 100 percent faith in our defensive linemen (and linebackers) to handle the run. It’s up to the corners to handle the pass.”
And the Huskers will pass. In two games, Martinez has completed 21 of 32 passes for 242 yards, enough to keep teams honest about the run.
CHANGES TO O LINE?
Gregory Christine, who started the first two games at right guard, was relegated to the second team during drills Tuesday.
In his place was true freshman Erik Kohler, a recruit from Oaks Christian High School in Southern California. Kohler was at left guard next to left tackle Senio Kelemete. Ryan Tolar moved from left guard into Christine’s spot at right guard next to right tackle Cody Habben.
Defensive tackle Cameron Elisara, who suffered a thigh bruise against Syracuse, practiced with the first team. Running back Johri Fogerson, who is recovering from a strained quad, did not practice. Running back Chris Polk dressed and did some individual work, but was not in team activities. Wide receiver Cody Bruns worked on punting and will be the emergency punter if Kiel Rasp is injured.
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