Offensive coordinator Tim Beck said Monday that he was pleased with the decision-making of quarterback Taylor Martinez during Nebraska’s 30-27 win over Wisconsin.
The passes weren’t always on target (Martinez completed 59 percent of his 29 attempts). But Beck indicated that the choices Martinez made in the pocket were often the correct ones.
“He’s coming along,” Beck said. “I know everybody’s really critical of him every time he doesn’t complete a pass. But there’s a process he goes through.”
Beck especially liked Martinez’s instincts as a runner Saturday. The speedy quarterback scrambled out of the pocket at the right times and made decisive open field cuts. “He ran hard,” Beck said.
Other notes from Beck’s chat with reporters after practice Monday…
>> On third downs, Martinez was just 4-for-10, taking a sack once. But two of those completions (one down the sideline to Kenny Bell and a touchdown to Kyler Reed) were critical in Nebraska’s comeback, according to Beck. “(Martinez) made some big plays for us when we needed him,” Beck said.
>> Asked about Ohio State’s defense, Beck said the Buckeyes are “fast” and “physical.” He’s anticipating another tough challenge. “They’ve got a lot of great players over there,” Beck said. “(They) run to the ball.”
>> Beck said Rex Burkhead may have pressed a little bit early against Wisconsin, but “got the tough yards” in the second half. Ameer Abdullah, meanwhile, “was more electrifying” when he had the football. “(Abdullah) gave us a big spark and a big lift,” Beck said.
>> Beck, who’s from Youngstown, Ohio, said he expects to see “quite a few” family and friends at the game in Columbus Saturday. He’s not making a big deal out of it, though. Said Beck: “We’ve still got a job to do.”