Published Tuesday, December 18, 2012 AT 6:12 PM / Updated at 6:36 PM
Practice Report: Taylor Talks MVP, Georgia
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

Quick hits from Tuesday’s practice, in which Nebraska continued its preparation for Georgia in the Capital One Bowl:

>> Quarterback Taylor Martinez said “it meant a lot” for him to win the Team MVP Award for NU, along with a captain spot, “especially since it was voted on throughout the team.”

“I’ve worked really hard in the offseason and going into the year,” Martinez said. “I was glad that they chose me. I saw myself as a captain even last year. I didn’t get picked. I’m glad this year they picked me. I guess it shows I’m really becoming a captain.”

>> Martinez said he didn’t suffer a concussion in the Big Ten championship — a 70-31 loss to Wisconsin — and will be fine for the Capital One Bowl. The loss in Indianapolis did hurt Martinez’s pride though; the quarterback said he was “really mad” about the loss and called the game “a nightmare.”

“I thought we were going to come out there and beat them,” Martinez said. “I’ve never felt a team so strong before the game and in the locker room.”

>> Asked about Georgia star linebacker Jarvis Jones, Martinez shrugged.

“He’s just another football player out there,” Martinez said. “It’s not that big of a deal. That’s just the way you have to look at it.”

Ditto, Martinez said, for the Georgia defense.

“They’re like any other Big Ten defense,” Martinez said. “Big Ten defenses are the best in the country. We’re going up against a good Georgia defense.”

>> Offensive coordinator Tim Beck had a more robust respect for the Bulldogs. Asked if Jones jumped out at him as a dynamic player, Beck named nearly every Georgia starter as jumping out on film.

“They’re probably as good as anyone we’ve played this year,” Beck said.

>>Graduate assistant Vince Marrow will stay with Nebraska through the bowl game coaching the tight ends. Beck said he wanted to take his time in replacing Marrow, and that coach Bo Pelini would have final say in who it is.

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