Nebraska vs. Iowa, 11.23

Nebraska's Adrian Martinez throws a pass against Iowa during a Nov. 23 game at Kinnick Stadium. 

At the conclusion of a college football season during which several freshman quarterbacks made big impacts, Nebraska's rookie earned a sizable honor. 

Adrian Martinez on Monday morning was named to the Football Writers Association of America's freshman All-America team, joined by Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. 

Husker fans by now are familiar with Martinez, the Fresno, California, native, and his first-year exploits. 

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound signal-caller completed nearly 65 percent of his passes for 2,617 yards, 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 11 games and also rushed for 629 and eight more scores. He got better as the season progressed — and a Week 1 knee injury continued to heal — and helped Scott Frost's first team in Lincoln overcome an 0-6 start by finishing 4-2. 

Martinez tallied three games of 400-plus total offensive yards, seven of 300-plus and averaged 295.1 per game, 12th best in the nation and tops among freshmen. 

Lawrence, of course, is still playing and leads the undefeated Tigers into Monday night's national title game against Alabama. He took over four games into the season, surpassing incumbent Kelly Bryant on the depth chart and quickly establishing himself among the country's best. 

Lawrence has completed 65.3 percent of his passes for 2,933 yards, 27 touchdowns and just four interceptions for Clemson. Most recently, he threw for 327 and three scores in a College Football Playoff semifinal win against Notre Dame. 

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It is the first time the FWAA has named multiple quarterbacks to its freshman list since it began in 2001. 

This is the second straight year NU has had a player recognized by the FWAA as wide receiver JD Spielman made the list after the 2017 campaign. 

Other Big Ten players on the 2018 list include Maryland running back Anthony McFarland, Purdue wide receiver Rondale Moore and Penn State return man K.J. Hamler. 

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.


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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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