Published Monday, October 1, 2012 AT 6:45 PM / Updated at 6:48 PM
Practice report: Beck says Martinez made good decisions Saturday
Jon Nyatawa Omaha World-Herald

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.”

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  1. Tripduz says:

    I’ll be the first to give a corndevil response:

    Yeah we beat an Unranked terrible Wisky team, so what. TM is no qb. Start Armstrong and build for the future. We should also fire every coach and put the job search in the newspaper. Cowboy Bob Ellis and I are off to the lingerie store to pick out matching g-strings….I’m out!

    I’m Nucorndevil and I approve this message….

    1. TexasHusker says:


  2. WaukeeHusker says:

    Cowboy Bob Ellis!

  3. Huskermania says:

    Say what you want about Taylor. The kids work is paying off. He has work to do but he has definitely improved this season. He is performing beyond expectations. For the threat he brings with his feet, he is definitely up there in passing ability with the other dual threat QB’s in the league. Haters will always hate and they will always need a source for their frustration. Unless we win a National Championship every year, the hating will never stop. Personally, I like the kid. He took initiative in the off season and it shows. As far as the UCLA meltdown, We scored 30 points on offense against a team that played harder then they ever have or ever will this season. The defense is the one you need to bash for that one.

    1. BigredBret says:

      Hear hear, well said

    2. TexasHusker says:

      Thanks for your post. I also admire Taylor. He’s a hard-nosed, hard-working, gutsy young man, and the diligence with which he’s pursued his goals is testament to his character. Ignore our resident hater CORNDUNG. He’s actually a Colorado fan with nothing better to do.




    3. gayla says:

      totally agree, huskermania.

  4. mac says:

    taylor keeps getting better. Maybe Beck’s play calling is too. cotton also seems to have found something as the line is providing decent protection and not committing as many penalties. Love our running backs, and our receivers are blocking and hanging onto the ball. We arent west virgini, fsu or oregon, but What’s not to like?

    1. A Fan says:

      That we’re not not FSU, West Virginia or Oregon. How much longer until we get to that level?

      1. Tripduz says:

        We are not FSU? LOL. You guys have very selective memories, let me refresh them for you. FSU had to vacate all wins in 2006-2007 for probation purposes. In 2008 they were 9-4. In 2009 they were 7-6. In 2010 they were 10-4. And 9-4 last year. What did they do any of those years to be considered any more relevant than Nebraska? Hilarious!!!!

  5. Definitely not FSU and Oregon but West Virginia? Uhh I think the Huskers are better than the Mouseketeers. This Saturday will be a defining moment for Taylor Martinez. He has done pretty well at home but he will need a complete game at Colombus. If the defense plays well the Huskers can win this one. And one more thing. How bout them Gators!

    1. A Fan says:

      Gators are playing pretty good football.

      West Virginia would light up Nebraska, IMO. Too much offense.

      That’s the trick with Martinez. He’s not very good on the road lately. He didn’t look comfortable in the 1st half against Wisconsin. He got a lot better in the 2nd half. Given Nebraska’s defensive troubles with mobile QBs, I expect OSU to win.

      1. Tripduz says:

        WVU would score points of course but their defense is horrid, way worse than ours. Taylor would like like Marino throwing bombs on their terrible CB’s. WVU won’t win long with a defense like that. Well…in the offense oriented B12 they may be ok until they get Texas, OU, and KSU. Those 3 can actually play a little bit of defense.

  6. Waskel Wabbit says:

    Martiinez has greatly improved from last year to this year. His off-season work has improved his footwork. His throwing motion srill sucks, but that will never change. His biggest problem continues to be accuracy. Missing WIDE OPEN receivers will cost us games! Making receivers vulnerable while catching his innacurrate passes will cost us games, and perhaps injuring players. So far this season, the OL really hasn’t been tested. The Wisky DL is good at stopping the run, but they don’t have great pass rushers. All this praise for Martinez is way too premature. He’s still the same player subjct to returning to his old ways when he gets frustrated. If he has a good game at OSU, count me on board. Until then, I’m not holding my breath!

  7. mgm says:

    Cowboy Bob Ellis couldn’t hold a candle next to Bobby “the Brain” Heenan, not to mention the High Flyers, Jim Brunzell or Greg Gagne!