Initially supposed to be a game-time decision, it appears Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez is ready to start for the Huskers this weekend. Martinez has missed the last three games with a nagging turf toe injury.
According to a report by Joe Schad of ESPN.com, Martinez intends to start Saturday for Nebraska when the Huskers travel to Minnesota. That should be positive news for Nebraska. If healthy and back at 100 percent or close to it, the Huskers will have a clear offensive advantage under center. Martinez has his ups and downs throwing the football, but his mobility and ability to break a big play at any moment make Nebraska’s offense that much more difficult to defend.
Nebraska has been running their offense with freshman Tommy Armstrong at quarterback. Though the Huskers have won all three of those games, getting Martinez will be a boost for a Nebraska team getting set to for a stretch run with hopes of returning to the Big Ten championship game.
Nebraska takes on Minnesota in what has turned out to be an important game in the Big Ten Legends Division. The Huskers still have games against Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern and Iowa in division play as well as a road game at Penn State before the end of the regular season. Having Martinez available and back in a groove will be key. Having him relatively fresh could turn out to be a bit of a bonus.