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Moments before players were told to leave the field, Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez huddles with teammates before Saturday's game against Akron.

If you're a coach long enough, you know when you've got a team or a player that's dialed in. 

If you happened to play quarterback at the same school you now coach, like Nebraska coach Scott Frost, perhaps you know even better. 

This much Frost is sure of: Adrian Martinez had that look about him on Saturday night before the Huskers' scuttled season-opener against Akron. 

"You can tell when a kid is ready; I think he was ready," Frost said. "I think evidence of that was today. He had his best practice I’ve ever seen him have today." 

Martinez, who Frost said was one of the first players to speak up during the delay and make it known that he wanted to play Akron wherever and whenever, said he wasn't nervous as kickoff approached. 

"I felt like I was ready to go," Martinez said. "I was excited, I wasn’t nervous. I guess having that extra experience just added on. It’ll be even easier this coming Saturday.”

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Frost gave his starting offense the play call on the sideline before the group trotted onto the field. They didn't even get lined up before NU associate athletic director for events Butch Hug ran onto the field and instructed players back to the locker rooms.

Now Martinez will have to wait until Saturday afternoon to become the first true freshman quarterback in NU history to start a season-opener, but Frost said his advice to the Fresno, California was pretty simple. 

"To summarize, I told him to take care of the football, play like you’re the best player on the field and play fast," Frost said. "He was ready to do those things." 

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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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