The demeanor of Taylor Martinez in practice Monday, after an impressive showing Saturday afternoon, was no different, according to offensive coordinator Tim Beck.
Martinez completed 26 of his 34 passes for 354 yards (and five touchdowns!) in a 49-20 win over Southern Miss. But Beck said Martinez was just as focused Monday as he was last week. The Huskers’ starter is ready to move on, now that his team is preparing for a road trip to UCLA.
“It’s not a one-hit wonder for him,” Beck said. “He wants to have a good season. And I feel like he knows it’s going to take, every week, the same kind of preparation.”
Other notes from practice Monday…
>> Senior running back Rex Burkhead, in street clothes after practice, did not participate in the workout, according to Beck. Still day-to-day.
>> Film review proved that Ameer Abdullah played a “complete” game against Southern Miss Saturday, running back coach Ron Brown said. Beck commented on Ameer’s attitude, too: “Part of why I think he’s so successful is because he’s unselfish. Puts the team first.”
>> And Beck on the other reserves at I-back: “The running backs ran hard. They were assignment-sound. Good ball security. Protected well, for the most part.”
>> Beck complimented UCLA’s defensive front, saying those players have size and athleticism. He expects to see both 4-3 and 3-4 looks from the Bruins’ defense Saturday. … Tough match-up coming for Nebraska’s offensive line. Here is Beck’s review of his O-line after watching the film from Saturday: “They played with a lot of effort. For the most part, they were assignment sound, which was a positive being that we weren’t really sure what they were going to do. I really loved their effort.”
>> Special teams coach Ross Els said there will be some personnel adjustments within the kickoff coverage unit. Asked about the 100-yard touchdown return by Tracy Lampley Saturday, Els said this: “Obviously that was the embarrassment of the game.”