Nebraska football: Cornhuskers' QB Taylor Martinez may be done for season

Will Pelini shut down T-Martinez for the year?

11/13/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez has only played in one game since suffering a foot injury against UCLA on September 14, and now coach Bo Pelini believes his senior signal-caller may be done for the year.

ESPN senior writer Mitch Sherman tweeted this out following Tuesday's Big Ten teleconference:

Pelini on possibility of a Taylor Martinez return this year: "I don't know if the chances are real good." Foot injury is main culprit.

Martinez attempted a return to the field in a Week 9 loss to Minnesota, where he struggled to finish 16-of-30 for 139 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He looked uncomfortable and was extremely inefficient, and has been sent back to the sideline ever since. Blog Photo - Nebraska football: Cornhuskers' QB Taylor Martinez may be done for season

The injury has completely changed the dynamic of his on-field performance, as he's become a shell of himself since really turning the corner in 2012.

Nebraska is still in the hunt to win the Legends Division, but will need a huge game from freshman Tommy Armstrong Jr. against Michigan State this weekend. He has done much of the quarterbacking in Martinez's absence, earning a 5-0 record and helping the Cornhuskers to wins over Northwestern and Michigan. Like Martinez, he gives the offense a threat from the backfield, but has been turnover prone.

Unfortunately, it looks like Martinez's collegiate career has come to an end. As a four-year starter, he led Nebraska to a 31-14 record and a Big Ten title game appearance, but went 0-for-3 in bowl games.

Martinez finishes with 7,258 yards, 56 touchdowns and 29 interceptions, while adding 2,975 yards and 31 scores on the ground. According to multiple draft websites, he is not projected to be selected in the 2014 NFL Draft.

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