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Just how good was Adrian Martinez last season? Stats show the Husker QB was among Big Ten's best

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Just how good was Adrian Martinez last season? Stats show the Husker QB was among the Big Ten's best

Adrian Martinez’s head coach, Scott Frost, wants more. Much more, based on his comments last week. Don’t gloss over them. If Frost is bullish on Martinez’s potential — talking him up as potentially one of the best, if not the best, quarterbacks in school history — he’s equally bullish on Martinez seizing this team by the gills. Frost challenged his precocious quarterback in a way few have been recently challenged at Nebraska.

Closer look at the QBs

Breaking down quarterback play can take many forms, including a statistical snapshot. How does Adrian Martinez stack up against the best quarterbacks in the Big Ten from last season — and the returners for this year? Take a look. We've included the 2018 stats of presumptive Ohio State starter Justin Fields, who played at Georgia last season.

Name Comp % YPA RPA TYPA QBR TD % INT % Pass eff.
Dwayne Haskins, Ohio St. 70 9.1 1.37 8.07 84.8 9.4 1.5 174.08
Justin Fields, Georgia 69.2 8.4 6.33 7.33 N/A 10.3 0 173.71
David Blough, Purdue 66 8 0.69 7 76.1 5.4 2.1 146.91
Peyton Ramsay, Indiana 66 6.4 3.19 5.79 76.8 4.3 2.9 128.24
Adrian Martinez, Neb. 64.6 7.5 4.49 6.67 63.1 4.9 2.3 139.46
Shea Patterson, Mich. 64.6 8 3.59 7.16 81.5 6.8 2.2 149.85
Clayton Thorson, NW 61.1 6.5 -1.41 5.42 62 3.5 3.1 121.17
Jack Coan, Wisc. 60.2 5.5 -1.65 4.27 45.8 5.4 3.2 118.03
Alex Hornibrook, Wisc. 59.5 7.5 -3.05 6.54 48.6 6.3 5.4 132.48
Nate Stanley, Iowa 59.3 7.2 0.11 6.61 74.2 6.6 2.5 136.46
Elijah Sindelar, Purdue 59.1 6.4 -0.25 5.88 37.8 4.5 6.8 114.48
Tanner Morgan, Minn. 58.6 9.2 1.24 7.52 38.3 5.9 3.9 147.62
MJ Rivers, Illinois 55.4 5.4 1.33 4.08 32 3 3 104.8
Tyrrell Pigrome, Maryland 55.2 8.4 2.74 5.76 46.4 3 1.5 132.41
Brian Lewerke, MSU 54.3 6 2.04 5.18 50.4 2.4 3.2 106.13
AJ Bush, Illinois 53.9 6.5 5.31 6.05 52.7 2.8 4.6 108.52
Trace McSorley, Penn St. 53.2 7 4.69 6.27 64.8 5 1.9 124.63
Zack Annexstad, Minn. 52.2 6.9 -3.89 5.68 40 4.8 3.8 118.26
Kasim Hill, Maryland 49.4 6.4 -0.38 5.09 43.6 5.3 2.4 115.69
Art Sitkowski, Rutgers 49.1 4.2 -3 3.7 12.8 1.5 6.6 76.35
Rocky Lombardi, MSU 44.2 4.8 3.42 4.52 38.5 1.9 1.9 86.94

Key: YPA - Passing yards per attempt; RPA - Rushing yards per attempt; TYPA - Total yards per attempt; QBR - ESPN's QBR score; Pass eff. - Pass efficiency

Mario Verduzco

On game days, Nebraska quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco tries to see the game in real-time through the eyes of his quarterback. “My eyeballs during the course of the game are where his eyeballs need to be,” Verduzco said. “I’m watching through his eyeballs. He knows the reads and keys, I know the read and keys, they did this, we did that.”

Adrian Martinez

Adrian Martinez completed 64.6% of his passes — the best completion rate for a regular starting Husker QB since Joe Ganz in 2008 — and averaged 7.5 yards per attempt, which is NU’s best for a regular starter since Tommy Armstrong in 2014. His 139.46 pass efficiency rating was the best since Taylor Martinez in 2012.

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