Published Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 12:43 pm / Updated at 1:41 pm
Husky Stadium awaits QB

1:38 p.m.: Redshirt freshman Taylor Martinez not only is bracing for his first road start, but going to a place that is known for its crowd noise and intimidating atmosphere.

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, however, didn’t seem too worried about his quarterback as the Huskers prepare to play Washington on Saturday at 72,500-seat Husky Stadium.

“I don’t anticipate it being an issue,” said Pelini, calling Martinez “a pretty calm, cool, collected guy.”

“I think he understands what’s in front of him. But until you’re out there in that environment … I’m sure he’ll need to settle down a little bit and be ready to go.”

Pelini said NU will throw some crowd noise at Martinez and the offense this week in practice. They’ll also talk to him about what it’s going to be like.

At the same time, Pelini said it’s not something you want to overemphasize.

“I think all of our quarterbacks are very mature guys, very confident in what they’re doing,” Pelini said. “I think they have a good handle on what they’re doing. I think that’s the key -- walking in there with a confidence and a sense of, ‘I know what’s expected of me. Let’s go do it.’ ”

Contact the writer: Rich Kaipust    |   402-444-1042    |  

Rich Kaipust is a staff writer for The Omaha World-Herald and covers Nebraska football and some general assignment tasks, including the College World Series and U.S. Olympic Swim Trials.


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