Hello, bulletin board.Wisconsin defensive end David Gilbert, who did not play in the Badgers’ 48-17 win over Nebraska last year, is not a fan of Husker quarterback Taylor Martinez.
“It still looks like he’s skipping rocks out there to me. But that’s not my concern. That’s probably more a concern of the defensive backs. My concern is hitting him. I don’t care what he throws like. I’m not trying to let him throw at all. He still can’t throw. I’m just going to say it. He still can’t throw. He’s not going to beat us with his arm.”
“Hitting him is going to be the key. Hitting him hard and hitting him often. Any chance I get. If you see the game (film) he tries to pitch or option away and he tries to throw a little fake, ‘I’m going to cut (block) you or I’m going to get in your way.’ I’m going to run through that. I’m going to make him feel it as much as you can. That leads to turnovers, that mentality of getting hit over and over.”
Gilbert talked about NU’s turnovers in the Idaho State game, but the quote is essentially nonsense, so I didn’t include it here.
Now, is there some background to those quotes? Just maybe. Seems that Martinez, according to Wisconsin players, had some trash talk of his own during the game last year. From the story:
UW’s players remembered that Martinez got in the face of linebacker Chris Borland after scoring on a 1-yard run in the first quarter.
After scoring, Martinez got to his feet and briefly barked at Borland, who was on his back in the end zone after making the tackle.
“Martinez had a few words for Borland,” analyst Kirk Herbstreit said during the telecast.
Taylor remembers the play.
“Wrong move,” Taylor said with a smirk. “Wrong move.”
Did the UW players take note of Martinez’s actions?
“Definitely,” Taylor said. “That is what makes it so much fun.”
Add some trash talk to an already-heaping pile of storylines heading into Saturday’s game.
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