Martinez, who had a record-setting freshman season in 2018 for Nebraska however struggled at instances in 2019, will take the primary snaps after competing with redshirt freshman Luke McCaffrey within the preseason. Frost repeatedly praised McCaffrey on Monday, saying Nebraska feels prefer it has “two first-string quarterbacks” coming into the season. Martinez’s expertise, with 21 profession begins and 5,817 yards of whole offense, made the distinction within the choice.
“If Luke had already been taking part in and we had the identical camp, it in all probability would have been Luke,” Frost stated. “We really feel we now have the posh of two starters.”
Martinez on Sunday was named a crew captain for the second straight yr. His passing numbers dropped from 2018 to 2019, when he had 1,956 yards with 10 touchdowns and 9 interceptions, whereas his speeding manufacturing remained regular from his freshman to sophomore seasons.
Frost additionally repeatedly praised Ohio State for aligning with Nebraska to get the Large Ten season began after the league initially postponed the autumn season Aug. 11 due to considerations surrounding COVID-19. Ohio State, Nebraska and Iowa have been the three colleges that originally voted to proceed with the season, and Ohio State and Nebraska have been most vocal about discovering a solution to play this fall.
“I’ve obtained to offer many of the credit score for this to Ohio State,” Frost stated. “We’d have been one of many sounding gongs on this, we’re saying we wish to play, and I do not assume it might have gone down with out their physician taking the lead, determining a solution to current it to the presidents to get soccer again.”
Ohio State crew doctor Dr. Jim Borchers co-chaired the medical subcommittee of the Large Ten’s return-to-competition process drive, which introduced plans to the league’s presidents and chancellors upfront of their choice to go ahead with the season. Frost additionally spoke extensively with Buckeyes coach Ryan Day about the right way to get again on the sphere.
“It is unusual the place you discover allies,” he stated.
Frost stated he did not assume it was a coincidence that the Large Ten had Nebraska open with Ohio State within the revised fall schedule. Nebraska has division crossover video games with each Ohio State and No. 8 Penn State, main athletic director Invoice Moos to specific frustration concerning the issue of the Cornhuskers’ schedule.