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Taylor Martinez says Pelini 'misunderstood'

Posted on: June 29, 2011 11:33 am
Edited on: June 29, 2011 12:09 pm
LINCOLN, Neb. -- They call him T-Magic. His coach seemed to call him out last fall in what might have been the turning point in Nebraska's season.

Huskers' quarterback Taylor Martinez said Tuesday that coach Bo Pelini "misunderstood" events surrounding his injuries during a bitter loss to Texas A&M. Martinez went into detail about the contentious situation the night of Nov. 20 in College Station. During that game, Martinez reinjured his right ankle and had to leave early during a 9-6 loss to the Aggies.

That's when controversy sprouted. Back in the lockerroom after being examined, Martinez said he spoke to his father, Casey Martinez, via cell phone during the game.

By the day after on Sunday, Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman had criticized Pelini's sideline behavior. The coach had to shoot down rumors that his quarterback had left the team.

What the public saw that night was Pelini berating officials and getting in the face of his quarterback. Martinez had emerged from the lockerroom after treatment early in the game, only to have Pelini poke a finger in his chest on the sideline.

Here's how Martinez saw it:

"I hurt my [left] turf toe then two plays later, that's when our center stepped on me. I went to the sidelines, then went back and got X-rayed. After I got X-rayed, I went back to the lockerroom. I couldn't move at all. It was so painful, my left toe and my right ankle. I was in so much pain. I didn't think I was going back in.

"I was trying to walk to our lockerroom to feel it out. I plugged in my phone for the charger. It was on and it lit up. I saw it. I saw my dad called me. I called him back and told him I didn't think I was going back in. I couldn't move at all. I explained to him what happened."

Martinez did eventually return in the second half but threw for only 107 yards in the game. Nebraska came into the game 9-1 and ranked ninth. It finished the season losing three of its last four, including the Big 12 title game to Oklahoma and the Holiday Bowl to Washington.

Was Martinez surprised how much was made about the night of Nov. 20?

"I was, but people could have their own assumptions of what happened. Maybe they don't think it's a correct thing, that what I did was call my dad and let him know what happened. I got turf toe and he didn't know about that. He actually thought I tore my ACL or broke my femur or whatever. He was concerned like any other father would be."

So he called you. Was he just taking a shot and hoping you'd answer the phone?

"Yeah. He knew I went to the lockerroom. I thought I was done. I didn't think I'd be able to go back in. I knew it was him who was calling. I explained to him what happened. The trainer was next to me ...

"Coach Pelini misunderstood what one of the trainers told him [about] what was going on. That's when Coach Pelini came over and talked to me about it. He was heated because of everything going on, everything going on in the game."

These are revealing comments from the rising redshirt sophomore known for his aversion to media. Maybe it's because it was the offseason and he was relaxing on his turf in the Nebraska athletic offices. Maybe Martinez is opening up. Maybe this means Nebraska is getting the leader it desperately needs at quarterback. Backup Cody Green left the team in the offseason.

Whatever the case, Big Red Nation is agonizing over which Martinez shows up this season, the Huskers' first in the Big Ten. The Good T-Magic looked like a Heisman candidate during the first half of 2010. After the injuries, the Bad T-Magic lost mobility and effectiveness.

"It [injuries] pretty much changed everything," Martinez said. "I was pretty much playing on one foot. You can't move. I think Tom Osborne said it's like Peyton Manning breaking his arm, comparing me with my ankle."

Martinez said both the turf toe and ankle will be 100 percent going into the season. Pelini is expected back in the office this week after taking some time off. 


Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: June 30, 2011 11:21 am

Taylor Martinez says Pelini 'misunderstood'

Ok for 1 Nebraska will NEVER hire Mike Leach because they r not that desperate and after his little incident with Craig James son i think he is a lucky man to be hired anywhere! and plus i dont think tom osborne is stupid enough to hire mike leach which would upset the big red nation a heck of a lot!

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2011 10:15 am

Taylor Martinez says Pelini 'misunderstood'

this story is such old news....both sides have gotten over it plus with cody green leaving and his interview Bo is gonna live n die with martinez. any smart husker fan could see tmart was near 50% in the championship game or the bowl game. the real story is whose gonna be behind tmart and carnes qb wise or if starling coming or the matchup between UW n neb

also i can see alot of the longhorn fans are extremely bored it has been a long offseason sittin at home wondering how you go 5-7 with top10 talent every single year.....sorry were not OU aka bevo pet up north.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2011 4:09 am

Taylor Martinez says Pelini 'misunderstood'

I have to agree with those who question the use of a cell phone during the game.  Both the player and the player's parents should realize that the player is otherwise engaged, even if the player is in the locker room receiving medical treatment.  The guy wasn't rushed to the hospital in an ambulance, after all.   He did return to the sidelines.  But as others have said, this event occurred last season.  Is this the best that Dodd can do in terms of writing a colemn that isn't based on troubles at Ohio State?   

Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2011 12:39 am

Taylor Martinez says Pelini 'misunderstood'

I don't see that Pelini misunderstood anything except the officiating.  Martinez was not supposed to use a cell phone, and the officials are supposed to rule in Pelini's favor.  Those of us who watched the game with no rooting interest in either team didn't see any problem with the officiating.  Nebraska fans saw it otherwise.  And Pelini lost control of himself.  Pelini is intense and animated.  I hope he doesn't make himself sick while pursuing a coaching career.

Since: Dec 24, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2011 11:55 pm

Taylor Martinez says Pelini 'misunderstood'

Pelini is the next coach to screw up. Leach still can't get a job so be careful Pelini!!!!

Ummm, Mr. Sun Devil...  Nebraska would never in a million years hire a coach like Leach.  He soooo doesn't fit in there.

On the other hand, Leach would be a good fit in Tempe after Erickson fails to meet expectations again this year and retires with a phat buyout.

Since: Apr 25, 2010
Posted on: June 29, 2011 10:31 pm

Taylor Martinez says Pelini 'misunderstood'

Regardless of the circumstances it is obvious the Pellini's have some anger management issues.

But good luck to Nebraska and Big Red fans in the Big 10.  It was great having you in the Big 8 and Big 12.

Since: Sep 1, 2007
Posted on: June 29, 2011 9:14 pm

Taylor Martinez says Pelini 'misunderstood'

Big red ..can't they schedule Kansas?

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2011 7:55 pm

Taylor Martinez says Pelini 'misunderstood'

Whatever happened, happened.  My concern is this year and our lack of depth at qb. 

You've got to be mentally tough to play qb at Nebraska and specifically for Pelini.  I think that's the question mark with Martinez but the fact that he didn't wine or complain or look to transfer after last year shows me something.  I also like that he's doing an interview with Dodd.  He's a talented kid and with Burkhead in the backfield, Turner on the outside, and Reed splitting the seam he has the weapons.  He just needs to be willing to lead and dealing with the media is part of that. 

Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2011 7:54 pm

Taylor Martinez says Pelini 'misunderstood'

Pelini is the next coach to screw up. Leach still can't get a job so be careful Pelini!!!! Also, going to the Big 10 is a punk move and Big Red fans should be disgusted. Who are you little kids? The Big 10 and Nebraska? Please.

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2011 7:11 pm

Taylor Martinez says Pelini 'misunderstood'

The phone thing was last year so it's time to drop it and come on Big 10.

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