Martinez sidelined again; changes at MIKE LB

2013-10-28T12:31:00Z 2013-10-28T13:06:39Z Martinez sidelined again; changes at MIKE LBBy BRIAN CHRISTOPHERSON JournalStar.com

It was a long chat.

Questions kept coming and coming.

Bo Pelini answered them at his weekly Monday press conference for more than 46 minutes, the longest Q & A session I can recall with a Husker head coach.

Lot of stuff to get to, including the fact Taylor Martinez also now has a hip pointer on his list of ailments.

Martinez did not practice Sunday, and while Pelini wouldn't go as far as to rule him out for the Northwestern game, he said Tommy Armstrong would start if a game were today.

Pelini said he didn't think the hip pointer, suffered against Minnesota, impacted Martinez in that game.

"He looked me in the eye, I said, 'Are you good to go. Can you go 100 percent?' He said, 'Yes.'"

Added Pelini: "I don't know how he's feeling, but if he looks me in the eye and says, yes, I'm ready to go, then at some point I felt we had to give him the opportunity to get back out there and play."

But how much Martinez plays going forward? Well, that's where it gets real interesting.

Where the quarterback wheel turns from here is impossible to say, but Pelini did say in regards to Martinez's up-and-down status: "I'm not going to sit here and play this game all year long. Tommy was the starter yesterday and that's the way it's going to be until further notice."

Make of it what you will.

For certain, some tweaks are coming to the defensive side.

Notably, freshmen Michael Rose and Josh Banderas are about to step into bigger roles at the MIKE spot.

Pelini said they were looking at putting David Santos into the WILL role, where the sophomore played last season.

"Probably the area where we're looking for the right combinations the most are at the linebacker spot."

Pelini said the biggest concern has been the defense's on-field communication and ability to adjust, which is obviously a heavy role of the MIKE spot.

"Believe me, I'm not putting this on David Santos by any means. But that's not his strength. From my standpoint, from a coach's standpoint, you don't want to put a square peg into a round hole."

So other than the possible changing of the guards of the quarterback of the offense and defense, nothing much is going on this week.

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