LINCOLN — Adrian Martinez will run the football. But how often he does so may be impacted by the absence of available scholarship quarterbacks behind him.
Then again, Nebraska coaches said Wednesday, their game plan might not change at all.
"Our motto is 'Attack,'" offensive coordinator Troy Walters said. "We're going to play to win. And whatever gives us the best chance to be successful, whatever Adrian does the best, that's what we're going to do. Obviously he can beat you with his legs but he's getting a lot better with his arm and you'll see him make some plays with his arm out there on Saturday."
Quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco hedged his bets when asked whether Nebraska might hold back the true freshman in an effort to curb injuries.
"He’s gonna have his share of runs," Verduzco said. "Frosty will probably, I would assume, would be a little more judicious about designed quarterback runs. But whatever we have to do to win the game, that’s what we’re gonna do.”
With the departure of Tristan Gebbia earlier this week, the backups to Martinez are walk-ons Andrew Bunch and Matt Masker. Central Florida transfer Noah Vedral remains ineligible this season.
Since Frost began calling plays at Oregon, his high-water mark for quarterback runs in a season was 2014, when Marcus Mariota carried 135 times for 770 yards and 15 touchdowns during his Heisman Trophy campaign. The next year Vernon Adams toted the ball 83 times for 147 yards and a score.
At UCF, McKenzie Milton ran 100 times in 10 games as a true freshman in 2016 before carrying 106 times last season.
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