Published Tuesday, September 24, 2013 AT 11:43 AM / Updated at 11:45 AM
Pelini says Martinez ‘improving daily,’ but not 100 percent
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said Tuesday that the Huskers will go slow with quarterback Taylor Martinez as the senior recovers from a turf toe injury.

NU has a bye this week before starting Big Ten play against Illinois on Oct. 5.

“We’re not going to put Taylor back out there in practice until he’s 100 percent. He’s not 100 percent yet,” Pelini said on the Big Ten teleconference. “He’s improving. He’s improving daily.”

Martinez had started 32 consecutive games before sitting out Saturday against South Dakota State. Redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong started and split time with fifth-year senior Ron Kellogg in the 59-20 victory.

Nebraska took Sunday and Monday off and was scheduled to return to practice Tuesday.

“We’re going to continue to kind of go business as usual with Tommy and Ron until Taylor tells us he’s 100 percent,” Pelini said.

As far as Martinez returning to the lineup Oct. 5?

“It’s hard to say right now,” Pelini said. “We’ll play that by ear. It’s hard to see where he’s going to be.”

In addition to the quarterback situation, Nebraska has some defensive issues to address as it returns to practice this week. The off week also gives the Huskers a jump on preparing for Illinois.

“We’re kind of getting back to basics, doing some things we feel we’ve got to do to improve our football team heading into Big Ten play,” Pelini said.

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Rich Kaipust is a staff writer for The Omaha World-Herald and covers Nebraska football. You can follow Rich on Twitter (@RKaipustOWH) or email him at rich.kaipust@owh.com