19 For '19 Offseason Topics: No. 11 Great Players About To Go Nuclear

19 For '19 Offseason Topics: No. 11 Great Players About To Go Nuclear

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19 For '19 Offseason Topics: No. 11 Great Players About To Go Nuclear

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2. QB Adrian Martinez, Soph. Nebraska

The problem for Adrian Martinez might just be his own conference.

Everyone will want to see what’s coming at Wisconsin with Alex Hornibrook gone – can freshman Graham Mertz really be the guy right away?

Is Nate Stanley about to blossom into a real, live NFL prospect at Iowa? What will Clemson transfer Hunter Johnson do at Northwestern? Just how good will Elijah Sindelar be as the full-time quarterback at Purdue under Jeff Brohm?

Will Michigan State get better quarterback play? Who’ll be the guy at Penn State? Can Shea Patterson take Michigan to another level, and just how good will Justin Fields be right away at Ohio State, and …

Nah. Along with Fields, Martinez is going to be the Big Ten’s star of star quarterbacks.

All he did as a true freshman was get his feet wet in the Scott Frost offense by completing 65% of his passes for 2,617 yards and 17 scores with eight picks.

Throw in the 629 rushing yards and eight touchdowns, and everything looked right on track for Martinez to be the right guy to be in the right offense under the right coach at the right time for the next few years.

This season, the expectations are going to be set through the roof as a possible Heisman candidate as he leads Nebraska into Big Ten title contention.

No pressure.

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