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Troy vs. Nebraska, 9/15/18

Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez and Husker head coach Scott Frost talk during warmups prior to a Sept. 15 game against Troy at Memorial Stadium.

Andrew Bunch is Nebraska’s starting quarterback.

The walk-on sophomore from Thompson’s Station, Tennessee, was the starter as the Huskers took the field against Troy. There had been no announcement.

Bunch took the lion’s share of the reps in practice this week as freshman standout Adrian Martinez rehabbed a knee injury suffered late in the fourth quarter against Colorado.

Bunch came on in relief, and drove the Huskers to the Colorado 21-yard-line in the closing minutes in his first Division I appearance.

Bunch finished 4 for 9 for 49 yards against the Buffs.

Coaches have praised Bunch since the spring for his ability to execute Nebraska’s offense, and he was squarely in the middle of Nebraska’s quarterback conversation at the start of fall camp.

Then, Martinez and Tristan Gebbia separated themselves, and Bunch’s reps became limited.

But Gebbia transferred, Bunch was elevated to backup, and now he's the first walk-on to start at quarterback for the Huskers since Ryker Fyfe against Maryland in 2016.

Martinez didn't don pads during Nebraska's week of practice. But the Nebraska he warmed up with his teammates in full pads Saturday morning as kickoff for the 11 a.m. game against Troy neared.

Martinez, who left last week's game against Colorado with 3:29 to play because of a right knee injury, wore a brace on his knee as he gunned passes. If he was limping at all, it was barely discernible.

Nebraska head coach Scott Frost said Thursday that Martinez would participate in warmups, but that a decision on the starter may not be made until a couple minutes before kickoff.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7440 or ssipple@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraSip.

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Steven, a lifelong Nebraskan, newspaper enthusiast and UNL grad, joined the Journal Star in 1990 and has covered NU football since 1995.

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