Martinez feeling loose, eager for opener

2012-08-22T11:38:00Z 2012-09-11T22:04:50Z Martinez feeling loose, eager for openerBy BRIAN CHRISTOPHERSON JournalStar.com
August 22, 2012 11:38 am  • 

We wait to see what Taylor Martinez has in store for the masses on the football field.

But I will say this: Nebraska's junior quarterback seems much more loose this year, more comfortable around the media, more likely to crack a joke.

Here he is with fellow quarterback Ron Kellogg III after Tuesday's practice.

Ten days before the season, Martinez is excited to start playing for real.

“I’m really pumped up," he said. "I’ve been waiting for it the past year, ever since the loss to South Carolina. I knew we didn’t bring everything we had in that game and I felt we should have beaten them. I think everyone is really excited to get started.”

There was also talk of tempo. Remember when the offense's pace of play was a big topic of conversation last fall? People wondered how uptempo Nebraska's offense would really be?

You haven't heard that question as much this fall, but you'd expect it might be faster in Year 2 of Tim Beck's offense.

“During the regular season we’ll see what Coach Beck wants," Martinez said. "It depends on the game plan. We might speed it up or slow it down. I like speeding it up because the defense has to be in a basic front and coverage so it makes it easier on us. It makes it harder on their defensive play calling.”

How often does Martinez lobby for picking up the pace?

“I try to do it every day. But it all depends on what Coach Beck wants. I think we have a lot of talent and a lot of weapons. Coach Beck knows we can speed it up or we can go two backs and run it down their throats. We can go either way.”

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