Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck notices what has been going on around him in the Big Ten. It happened before his very eyes Saturday night.
Starting quarterbacks getting hurt. Some coming back, some not.
Michigan senior Denard Robinson went out in the second quarter against Nebraska and did not return. Wisconsin just lost Joel Stave for the season. Braxton Miller has gotten banged up for Ohio State. Not to mention some other injuries that have forced teams to find out more about their backups.
So how does Beck feel if something were to happen to Taylor Martinez and the Huskers had to go with walk-on Ron Kellogg?
“We feel good,” he said. “You know, there’s things he probably does better than Taylor. He’s a very smart guy. He doesn’t need a lot of reps. He can go out there and he sees things and he’s able to react.
“But I feel good about where he would be, being able to go into a game and play for us. I do.”
Kellogg has not been used in any game where the outcome was still in doubt. Of the three Kellogg has played, the junior from Omaha Westside saw the most action in the 73-7 win over Idaho State.
Beck said Nebraska would not have to change much of its plan without Martinez, but would lose the explosive running threat with Kellogg.
“But he’s going to make good decisions with the football and he’s going to run hard and he’s going to throw to the open guy,” Beck said. “I’ve got confidence in him being able to do that. If you let the offense work for yourself, it’ll work. You don’t have to force things, and Ronny is one of those guys that understands that.”