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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: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2011 7:09 pm

Taylor Martinez says Pelini 'misunderstood'

As a Nebraska fan I really appreciate imakansan comment. The only thing I hate about going to the Big 10 is that we can't continue our 105 year relationship with Kansas. I wish the best to Kansas and Turner Gill.

Since: Jul 26, 2007
Posted on: June 29, 2011 7:08 pm

Taylor Martinez says Pelini 'misunderstood'

While the game is in progress, you shouldn't even think of looking at your bleeping cell phone, let alone pick it up and return a call.  What is with these kids and their electronic umbilical cords?  Had I been a football player and had we had cell phones when I was in school, I know what my father would have said if I called him any time from three hours before a game until an hour after--"WTF are you doing?  Get your head out of your a** and in the f***in' game!"

Kid, grow up.  Just because Big Daddy called you doesn't mean you have to call him back immediately.  And Pelini, use your brain a little, OK?  

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: June 29, 2011 7:02 pm

Taylor Martinez says Pelini 'misunderstood'

imakansan that was a classy post.  I'm a transplanted UCLA Bruin in Omaha and they take their Husker religion very seriously here.  I like the Huskers as long as they aren't playing my Bruins and I'll wish you well.  At least one kind thought will be coming at ya outa Nebraska.

Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: June 29, 2011 6:26 pm

Taylor Martinez says Pelini 'misunderstood'

As long as there is an article about Nebraska here, I may as well comment. Ever since NU and CU announced their departures for other leagues, I've been full of hatred toward both schools and have had nothing but negative things to say about them both. And I continue to have nothing but hatred for Colorado because of their classlessness. But I'm done hating on Nebraska. I wish Nebraska well in the Big 10, especially in basketball. You could use a few Big 10 basketball championships. Good luck when you open your new Lincoln Haymarket Arena. And I hope you Husker fans wish us well down here in Kansas.

Since: Nov 5, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2011 4:33 pm

Taylor Martinez says Pelini 'misunderstood'

Erh, I didn't understand any of that. Pelini's a scumbag.

Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2011 4:33 pm

Taylor Martinez says Pelini 'misunderstood'

Glad the Big 12 is rid of that hot head. Dude made an absolute fool of himself that night. No one left to blame now BO. No big 12 Boogie man for you to blame every loss on chump

Since: Sep 17, 2009
Posted on: June 29, 2011 4:28 pm

Taylor Martinez says Pelini 'misunderstood'

While many people felt that Bo Pelini over-reacted during the Texas A&M game, in regard to both the very poor ofiiciating and to the cell phone call by Martinez.  I do not think he overreacted to either situation.  The officiating in this contest was absolutely horrendous.  Yes, there were some mental errors made by the Nebraska players, but there were also so many very bad calls, that any of about five or six made the difference in the ball game.

For any one to say that the officials did not affect the outcome of this game with their poor calls, they would have to be smokin' something.  Pelini obviously does not hold much back on the sidelines and I am sure there are a few commetns that he would like back, but the calls were such that if I had been there, Pelini would appear like a timid child in comparison.  I have not seen very many college football games in my day that had this bad of calls.

As for Martinez, Pelini may have mis-understood the exact circumstances of the call, but the fact that he spoke with his father via cell phone from the locker room during a game is still and act that should not have taken place.  I think as much blame or focus should be put on the fact that his father was calling him than the fact the Matrinez called him back.  Taylor needs to step up and be the leader that he needs to be on the field for the Cornhuskers.

He has the talent to make a difference, but he also needs to have the mental fortitude to carry this team.  He needs to focus his sights on the team goals and let his talent speak for itself on the field.

Moving into the Big Ten only means different types of defenses, not necessarily any better or worse than the Big 12.  With a healthy Martinez playing the proper role in his position, the Nebraska offense should be improved as a whole and along the the Blackshirts, they are in a good position to make a lot of noise in the Big Ten.

Wisconsin was helped by the transfer of Wilson at QB, but a record setter at North Carolina State does not neccessarily make a winner of a top Big Ten school.  The Badgers have many other holes to fill.  Ohio State's situation is very well known, while the change in offense at Michigan will hold back the Wolverines.  Kirk Cousins will make Michigan State a team to watch, while Northwestern may be the most complete team on Nebraska's Big Ten schedule.

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2011 3:59 pm

Taylor Martinez says Pelini 'misunderstood'


Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2011 3:58 pm

Taylor Martinez says Pelini 'misunderstood'

You're an idiot. It was his father checking on him. What else to expect from a yankee fan

Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: June 29, 2011 3:40 pm

Taylor Martinez says Pelini 'misunderstood'

A scholarship QB was making cell calls during a game. Kid is pretty lame. No womder they lost... The QB has scrambled eggs for brains.

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