Martinez to resume technique training next month

2013-04-19T13:00:00Z 2013-04-19T15:29:08Z Martinez to resume technique training next month

Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez's training with Los Angeles-area QBs and receivers specialist Steve Calhoun is well-documented.

Calhoun put Martinez through a mix of drills in 2012 during the offseason, 13 sessions in all. They trained again last month over NU's spring break.

Their sessions will resume next month, Calhoun said Thursday. Martinez has told Calhoun he plans to head home to Southern California in early May and stay for about a month. Calhoun stays in contact with Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck.

"We'll be getting quite a bit of work done," said Calhoun, who has trained Cam Newton, Jake Locker and Ryan Broyles, among others. "We'll work out pretty much the whole time he's here -- we'll drill about three times a week.

"We'll work specifically on certain footwork and throwing mechanics. Then the next time we work out, I'll actually have him throw to receivers, and he won’t do any of those (technique) drills. I want to see how well he's incorporated those movements into his muscle memory."

As a junior last season, Martinez improved his completion rate to a career-high 62 percent, up six points over his sophomore season. In terms of mechanics, he showed more consistency, Calhoun said.

However, "I think toward the end of the season, he did at times resort back to the way he used to throw the ball," Calhoun said.

That was especially true when Martinez had defenders in his face. Of course, even NFL quarterbacks' mechanics suffer under duress in the pocket.

"We're working on, even when he has pressure in his face, still to being able to transfer weight to his front foot and make sure his elbow is up," Calhoun said. "We want him to be accurate with pressure in his face."

Martinez's mechanics haven't necessarily become ingrained in his muscle memory, Calhoun said.

"It's hard to try to change something that he's been doing for 19-plus years, and try to do it in 13 workouts," the coach said.

Martinez continued to struggle last season with turnovers, an area Calhoun emphasizes.

"I always say, 'Ball security is job security,'" he said.

In addition to their work next month, Calhoun plans to take Martinez to the Manning Passing Academy in mid-July in Thibodaux, La., as was the case last summer when Calhoun worked as a camp assistant.

Calhoun works mostly on the West Coast. However, thanks to his connection with Martinez, Calhoun is bringing his "Armed & Dangerous Football" skills camp to Omaha. He'll put on a camp for skill-position players April 27-28 at Millard South High School. There will be a youth camp (grades 5-7) and a high school camp (grades 8-12). For details, go to 

Calhoun said he's seeing youth quarterbacks develop at an increasingly faster rate.

"With the way offenses are going now, with the spread-type systems, you have to have the triggermen," he said. "You have to have a kid who has accuracy, who has great throwing mechanics, great footwork, and a really high football IQ.

"A lot of kids aren't getting that from their high school coaches. Those coaches have to teach class during the day. They're just a little bit limited on how much they can teach their quarterbacks. So that's where my program comes into place. I'm able to fill that void."

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