LINCOLN, Neb. - After sitting out against South Dakota State and having a bye week to rest, Nebraska senior quarterback Taylor Martinez (turf toe) still isn't 100 percent according to head coach Bo Pelini. Martinez's status for Saturday's contest against Illinois is questionable.
"I think he’s getting better, and we’ll have to see as the week progresses," said Pelini, who reported Martinez did work out with on his own last week. "He did some individual things. (He did) some throwing. We said going in that we want to get him healed up.”
If the 2012 All-Big Ten quarterback does not play on Saturday, the Huskers could turn once again to a two-quarterback system. Both senior Ron Kellogg III and redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong Jr. played against South Dakota State, throwing for 305 yards on 20-of-24 passing attempts. The pair each threw a touchdown pass.
“I felt confident going into the last one and I feel no different now," said Pelini, when asked about his confidence level in the two. "I feel even better now than I did before and that was pretty good. I have a lot of confidence in those guys. I think they are both good players. I know we’ll play well around them, too. (We’ll do) whatever gives us the best chance to win the football game. We’ll have somebody who is physically and mentally ready to roll at that position.”
In three games, Martinez has thrown for 528 yards with nine touchdowns, to just one interception. He's also added another 101 yards on the ground and has a quarterback rating of 156.3.
“I would assume Taylor wants to play. At the same time, I deal with the doctors and the trainers," said Pelini. "I’ve talked to them. We’re not putting him out there until I know he’s going to feel 100 percent. He’s going to execute our offense at 100 percent.
"I know you can throw when your foot is bothering you but you have to be able to put your foot in the ground and go. That’s a big part of our offense. Until he shows that he is ready, willing and able to do that, that’s when you’ll see him.”
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