Adrian Martinez will be the first to ever do it.

When Saturday night rolls around and Martinez takes his first snap against Akron, he’ll become the first true freshman in Nebraska history to start the season opener. For a program with as much tradition as the one in Lincoln, that’s a pretty high honor.

But the freshman never had another thought in his mind since arriving on campus. The former 4-star dual-threat quarterback wanted the opportunity to be the starter from the very beginning.

Monday, Martinez met with the media to talk about winning the starting job and preparing for Saturday’s season opener against the Zips. The freshman made it quite clear that he had no intention of waiting to get his turn under center.

“I really just spilled my guts for it,” Martinez said.

Head coach Scott Frost said last week that Martinez and Tristan Gebbia were neck-and-neck for the starting job, even going as far to say that both quarterbacks would’ve seen snaps if there was a game scheduled. Whether or not Frost’s mindset has changed since announcing the starter isn’t really known.

Though the idea of a true freshman leading the way for a program attempting to make a turnaround, and quickly, Martinez also said he earned the trust of his older teammates by “working hard” and “demanding a lot” from his fellow teammates.

Nebraska hosts Akron in the season opener on Saturday evening at Memorial Stadium.