Urban Meyer highlights biggest issue with Nebraska
Who will be at quarterback for Nebraska?
The answer is up for grabs according to Huskers coach Scott Frost.
Three-year starter Adrian Martinez struggled for three quarters last weekend in the Nebraska loss to Northwestern, and was pulled in favor of red-shirt freshman Luck McCaffrey.
Martinez currently leads Nebraska in rushing on the season with 187 yards, and he had a team-high 102 on Saturday. But he was just 12 of 27 passing, and he was pulled after a costly third-quarter interception for McCaffrey.
McCaffrey led the Huskers to a pair of deep drives into Wildcat territory, and while neither produced any points the offense did appear to have more of a spark than under Martinez.
According to Frost, both will compete this week to see who starts under center against Penn State.
On FOX’s Big Noon Kickoff last week, analyst Urban Meyer gave his critique of the Nebraska situation, and didn’t hold back.
“Yeah, another program that just shocks you because we had them picked to … compete for the Big Ten West a year ago and they didn’t play well last year,” Meyer said of Nebraska, which went 5-7 overall and 3-6 against conference play in 2019. “You have (third-year starter) Adrian Martinez, a guy that his freshman year (in 2018) looked like he was a guy that was a potential All-Big Ten quarterback and just not materialized. When I watched him against Ohio State and I watched their offensive skill and I watched them real close, I just didn’t feel any push, I didn’t feel a lot of speed.
“They used to have (wide receiver) JD Spielman, who was a real electric player, and then he transferred (to TCU). I just didn’t feel any vertical push off the line of scrimmage from Nebraska and I just don’t know — do they have the offensive skill to supplant Adrian Martinez and (redshirt freshman Luke) McCaffrey, the quarterback position? So I think it’s much deeper than a quarterback issue. I think their offensive skill is very lacking right now.”
Nebraska is back in action this weekend against Penn State.