The Adrian Martinez we saw through the first three weeks of the college football season didn’t like quite like the player we saw last season. He just seemed a little off early in the year.
When you look at the statistics, though, the sensational sophomore is actually right where everyone expected him to be.
Through four weeks of the college football season, Adrian Martinez leads the B1G in two major statistical categories and set a new personal best in Saturday night’s game against Illinois. That has translated to a 3-1 start for the Huskers and a massive showdown with Ohio State in Lincoln next Saturday.
According to Park Gabriel of Huskers Extra, Martinez leads the B1G in yards per game with 321.5 and total passing yards with 1,052. He also sits at No. 5 in the conference in yards per play, averaging 7.56 on the year.
In Saturday night’s 42-38 win over Illinois, Martinez accounted for 445 yards of offense, his personal best in two seasons as the starter. It was the fourth time in his young career that he’s eclipsed 400 total yards.
Here are some other interesting figures from Martinez through four games this season:
*Leads Big Ten in yards per game (321.5)
*Leads the Big Ten in passing yards (1,052)
*Is fifth in yards per play (7.56)
*Is No. 15 in rushing yards per game (58.5)
*Personal-best 445 total yards last night, his fourth career 400-plus outing, a #Huskers record
— Parker Gabriel (@HuskerExtraPG) September 22, 2019
Not a bad year for Martinez. And it’s especially impressive considering so many have thought he’s struggled early in the year. Clearly it’s not as bad as we thought.
Nebraska’s offense seems to be getting into more of a rhythm as the season continues. The Huskers will have a huge test next weekend though, taking on the 4-o Buckeyes in Lincoln.