Nebraska coach Bo Pelini will hold his cards close to the chest for two more days.
Despite quarterback Taylor Martinez practicing all week after missing three games with a turf toe injury on his left foot, Pelini declined to name the senior his starter for Saturday’s game at Minnesota. Pelini does think, at least, that Martinez will play.
“It’ll be a game-time decision of what we’re going to do, but I would anticipate he’s going to play,” Pelini said. “How much, we’ll see. We’ll be playing it by ear a little bit as to how he feels and how he wakes up tomorrow and how he responds from the week of work he had.”
If Martinez starts, Pelini said, redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong will be the backup. Pelini later said fans might see Martinez, Armstrong and Omaha Westside graduate and fifth-year senior Ron Kellogg III in the game.
“I believe we have three quarterbacks who can win for us,” Pelini said. “That’s a good situation to be in. I would anticipate, at some point, you’re going to see all three.”
Would there be a rotation?
“I don’t know what we’re doing,” Pelini said. “We’ll see. We’ll just see how the next couple days goes. We’re going to do what we have to do to win the football game.”
Martinez, silent for five weeks as he’s rehabbed the injury, has declined all interview requests until after Saturday’s game.
Pelini said Martinez “got better as the week went on” in handling the toe injury, working through “rust” and “trying to get his feet underneath him.” Mentally, Martinez was sharp, Pelini said.
More quick hits from Pelini’s chat:
>> Senior Elkhorn tight end Jake Long is “probably out” for the game with a hamstring injury, Pelini said.
>> NU has received a waiver to allow Spencer Long, out of the season with a torn MCL in his left knee, to travel with the team for the rest of its road games without it counting against the 70-man travel roster. The Huskers received a same waiver for Jared Crick in 2011.
>> In Spencer Long’s absence, junior Mike Moudy will start at right guard, Pelini said. The No. 3 guard, Pelini said, is Crete sophomore Ryne Reeves. NU has chosen for now not to burn the redshirt of guard Chongo Kondolo.
>> Freshman defensive tackle Maliek Collins “has made a big jump,” Pelini said, while redshirt freshman tackle Vincent Valentine “has just gotta keep working on his consistency.”
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