Adrian Martinez

Adrian Martinez dives for his first touchdown against Colorado last season. Martinez set 11 school records as a true freshman in 2018. 

LINCOLN — Watch list season has begun.

Nebraska sophomore quarterback Adrian Martinez was named Monday to the Maxwell Award watch list. The award is given annually to college football’s best all-around player.

Martinez is one of 12 players in the Big Ten on the list of 80 total. Should he win, he’d be the second Husker to hoist the award, joining Mike Rozier in 1983.

Martinez was the first true freshman quarterback to start a season opener in school history, and he set 11 school records in 2018. He was 12th nationally in total offense per game last season, completing 64.6% of his passes for 2,617 yards and 17 touchdowns. He added 629 yards on the ground and eight touchdowns. He was a freshman All-American and was honorable mention All-Big Ten.

Martinez has some of the best Vegas odds to win the Heisman Trophy, too. He’ll be in Chicago at Big Ten media days this week. Nebraska speaks on Thursday.

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: chris.heady@owh.com.

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