Adrian Martinez

The sophomore quarterback will face the press in Chicago. 

LINCOLN — Nebraska will send its Heisman contender, the vocal leader in the locker room and a representative of one of the best position groups on the team to Chicago next week for Big Ten media days.

Sophomore quarterback Adrian Martinez will be joined by senior linebacker Mohamed Barry and senior defensive lineman Khalil Davis in Chicago. The Big Ten announced the selections Monday afternoon.

Martinez has become the new face of Nebraska football — behind coach Scott Frost — and for good reason. As a true freshman, Martinez completed 64.6% of his passes for 2,617 yards and 17 touchdowns. He added 629 yards on the ground and eight scores. He’s been on the cover of multiple preseason magazines that expect him to receive votes for the Heisman Trophy.

Barry led the team with 112 tackles last season and two sacks. Barry is the leader of the defense and will start at one of the inside linebacker positions.

Davis made 41 tackles last season, eight for loss with three sacks. The senior from Blue Springs, Missouri, is part of a long list of defensive linemen ready to contribute for Nebraska.

Media days begin July 18. Nebraska players and Frost will speak that day.

Chris Heady covers Husker football and is the Nebraska men's basketball beat writer. He started at The World-Herald in 2017. Follow him on Twitter @heady_chris. Email:

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