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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. 

Comments

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2011 3:39 pm
 

Taylor Martinez says Pelini 'misunderstood'

I remember this game vividly as being Nebraska's "best example" of why they needed to change conferences because Pelini thought all of the calls were going against his team when his team really was making a bunch of mistakes - sure there are usually a couple of questionable calls per game but Pelini was out of line in the way he berated the officials. 

I remember reading posts on this very website from the Big Red Nation mentioning why they felt that it was "time to go" from the Big 12.  I remember reading a Husker fan's comments who said, "We can't win the Big 12 but I think we can dominate the Big 10" I don't think that is the case because a lot of head-to-head match-ups between Big 12 and Big 10 teams have shown that the better teams are equal. 
And FYI to the Big 10 guys - we do play defense in the Big 12, the problem is that every school other than TA&M, TT, and (I think) KSU are running some sort of form of the spread offense - let me know how to defend that offense, Big 10 schools and even most of the SEC schools have problems defending the spread (a good example is Florida's dominance of the SEC during the Tebow era).   

I think that this season may be the make or break year for Martinez - with Ohio State's recent issues, the rise of Wisconsin and the relative equality of the remaining teams I think that the Big 10 may be wide open - I guess one will have to wait and see what happens.  I think Martinez does have a bit of an ego but having an ego is not always a bad thing - it just depends on if it gets in the way of the rest of the team - I think time will tell if Martinez's ego is bigger than the team. 




Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2011 3:38 pm
 

Taylor Martinez says Pelini 'misunderstood'

Glad to hear you enjoyed those comments--everythinsbigintexas----n

ot much to enjoy in  your 5-7 season, was there. 




Since: Dec 25, 2010
Posted on: June 29, 2011 3:30 pm
 

Taylor Martinez says Pelini 'misunderstood'

As for D in the Big Ten, Northwestern and Indiana were not exactly the gold standard for the conference.  Norton, way to hold up the bottom of the barrel as if it was representative of the conference as a whole.  Nice try, but most will agree that there is plenty of good D being played in the Big Ten.
Well NitroBuck let's examine this shall we. In last year's bowl games, Oh St. gave up 26 to Arkansas, Wisconsin 21 to TCU, Nwestern 45 to Tx Tech, Iowa 24 to Missouri, Michigan (who I didn't even mention) 52 to Miss st., PennSt. 37 to Florida and I will give you Illinois 38-14 thumpage of the mighty Baylor Bears. Not exactly shut down defense is it?

There is likely not a more overrated conference in college football than the Big 10, especially with a standard bearer like Michigan slumping.

And to address your point about me selecting the bottom of the Big Ten to mention, I would certainly match the athletes of Texas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State (the top teams in the Big 12) with anything at the top of the Big 10. There is no reason to think Nebraska will face anything more difficult in the Big 10 than they did in the Big 12.




Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2011 3:20 pm
 

Taylor Martinez says Pelini 'misunderstood'

This is my favorite part of the article:

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.




Since: Oct 31, 2007
Posted on: June 29, 2011 3:11 pm
 

Taylor Martinez says Pelini 'misunderstood'

Wow...OK, well, these stats are from NCAA.com:

Total Defense rank:
4 OSU
20 WI
25 IA
35 PSU
38 IL
43 MSU
62 Purdue
76 MN
90 IN
97 NW
110 MI  (snicker)

That averages out to 54-55ish.  Damn...those husker boys must be losing sleep this summer!



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2011 2:43 pm
 

Taylor Martinez says Pelini 'misunderstood'

I was glad to read T's side of the story. The Pelini brothers are black and white guys and in this case there was a gray area.


I believe the Huskers have a no cell phone policy in the lockerroom. A father's concern for his injured son is perfectly understandable, although T's father has a meddlesome reputation and T has a rep amongst his teammates as being egocentric - or in other words, he sometimes doesn't believe all the team rules apply to him.


Whether or not Martinez believed he was done for the day there is the question of why a guy would think to charge his cell phone under those circumstances?


If his dad did call him first, it would only be natural for a son to reply to his father especially in the case of an injury.


I am a Bo Pelini fan but even I have to admit the sideline incident was an embarrassment to Husker Nation.


With regard to the Husker's quarterback situation, the best candidate may very well be Rex Burkhead. If Cody Glenn had stayed I would have moved him to tight end and Martinez to flanker and put the ball in Burkhead's hands. He played quarterback in high school and was highly effective for the Huskers when he would line up for a direct snap either running or passing the ball. With a stable of promising runningbacks the Big Ten may yet see Burkhead directing the option game.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2011 2:22 pm
 

Taylor Martinez says Pelini 'misunderstood'

How does one get the nickname "T-Magic" from the name Taylor Martinez? If anything his nickname could be "T-Mart" or "TayMa".



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2011 2:22 pm
 

Taylor Martinez says Pelini 'misunderstood'

Quit whining to daddy and be a man. 

Telling a concerned parent what is happening is whining?  It's not like he called his Dad to get help handling that big mean coach.



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2011 2:18 pm
 

Taylor Martinez says Pelini 'misunderstood'

We actually play defense in your new conference. Good luck sir

 Signed,

The Big Ten


Except when we play the SEC. Then we get crushed like grapes.

Yes the Northwestern and Indiana and Illinois defenses I am sure have the Cornhuskers quaking in their boots.


Tjdj's comment was directed at the Big-12, not at the SEC.  We know they play solid D in the SEC.  There was also a widely accepted imaqe of very productive offense and very porous D in the Big-12 last year.

As for D in the Big Ten, Northwestern and Indiana were not exactly the gold standard for the conference.  Norton, way to hold up the bottom of the barrel as if it was representative of the conference as a whole.  Nice try, but most will agree that there is plenty of good D being played in the Big Ten.




Since: Jul 11, 2009
Posted on: June 29, 2011 2:10 pm
 

Taylor Martinez says Pelini 'misunderstood'

It will be interesting to see the Huskers offense this season.  Many questions to be answered.  There is no question about the talent that Martinez brings.  The kid stays healthy combined with the Black SHirt Defense, equals a shot at the Big 10 title in year one. 



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