Taylor Martinez will stay quiet just a little while longer.
The Nebraska quarterback Tuesday declined interviews through a spokesman, who said Martinez — out for the last three games and five weeks with a turf toe injury on his left foot — would chat Saturday after NU’s tilt with Minnesota.
“If he holds true and he gets healthy and feels like he’s able to go, I think he’ll be excited to try and be out there and play,” Beck said. “If he can’t, he won’t.”
Martinez is a “gametime-type deal” for the Gopher game, offensive coordinator Tim Beck said. Backups Tommy Armstrong, Jr. and Omaha Westside graduate Ron Kellogg III remain options to play, Beck said. Martinez has had to shake off some rust, but read defenses well in practice Tuesday, Martinez’s second known day of practicing since suffering the full brunt of the injury.
“You can only play one at a time,” Beck said. “We’ll cross that bridge as we get to it. It’s so early to tell in the week. It’s so hard to tell where he’s going to be on Thursday and how he manages what we’re putting in or not putting in and just do all the things we need him to do. We’re going to play the best guy, and the healthiest guy, and the guy who going to help us win. And whoever that is, it is.”
>>Junior Mike Moudy — who had been alternating reps with Lincoln Southeast junior Jake Cotton at left guard — will start at right guard in place of Spencer Long, who is out for the season with MCL tear in his left knee.
Crete sophomore Ryne Reeves, sophomore Givens Price and redshirt freshman Corey Whitaker — lost last year to a ACL injury — are getting looks at Moudy and Cotton’s backups. Junior Chongo Kondolo — redshirting this year after transferring from Fresno (Calif.) City College — may still play this week. Beck said Nebraska would have a decision Wednesday or Thursday on Kondolo’s status.
>>Wide receiver Jamal Turner has apparently been slowed by a hamstring injury since training camp — he was limping around in a loss to UCLA and hasn’t seemed right in the last three games — but he claims now to be as healthy as he’s been all season.
>>Cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste said he’s moved past his ejection for targeting in the Purdue game and is focused and upbeat on moving forward.
>>Tight end Jake Long practiced Tuesday. He’s been nursing a hamstring injury that kept him out of the Purdue game.
>>Will linebacker Zaire Anderson said he’s fully healed from his bone bruise injury suffered before the Illinois game. He’s been taking most of the reps with the No. 1 unit, he said, and expects to start Saturday at Minnesota.
Video: NU offensive coordinator Tim Beck