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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 14, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2011 1:58 pm

Taylor Martinez says Pelini 'misunderstood'

Quit whining to daddy and be a man.  I saw the game and although Pelini got over animated, what people don't understand is a lot of that builds up over the season from issues within the team.  Martinez is supposed to be the leader and just didn't meet those expectations last year.  We will see what happens this year.  If he decides to stay in Nebraska, all may turn out alright as he could have jumped ship.  This is a good sign if you are a Nebraska fan as long as Pelini did not make concessions to keep him there.

Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: June 29, 2011 1:32 pm

Taylor Martinez says Pelini 'misunderstood'

Actually, he seems to be saying that Bo don't KNOW Diddly..................

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: June 29, 2011 1:22 pm

Taylor Martinez says Pelini 'misunderstood'

The University of TEXAS is disappointed that the Husker patsies have left the Big 12.  They were getting to be the LONGHORNS only sure victory.  Martinez or not, they are stuck with the hot-headed Pelini brothers who will have tons of complaints and hard luck stories in the more competitive Big 10.  It should be a fun season for those of us who love Lincoln but depise the Huskers.  Go Gophers!

Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2011 1:05 pm

Taylor Martinez says Pelini 'misunderstood'


m, if he's 100% like he says he is, then once he shakes the cobwebs off he'll be one tough runner out of the backfield.  Particularly with Sexy Rexy Burkhead leading a stable of running backs to help him out.  Our O-line will be better this year, and with Watson long gone the offensive scheme and adjustments in the 2nd half should be a lot better as well. 

I certainly don't see a title shot this year, and winning the conference is up in the air, but I would be surprised if we don't end up in the top 10 in the final polls this season.

Since: Dec 25, 2010
Posted on: June 29, 2011 12:39 pm

Taylor Martinez says Pelini 'misunderstood'

Dear Mr. Martinez,

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



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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.

Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2011 12:18 pm

Taylor Martinez says Pelini 'misunderstood'

Like the great Defenses the conference showcased on New Years Day?

Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: June 29, 2011 12:15 pm

Taylor Martinez says Pelini 'misunderstood'

hahaha, don't worry Mr. Martinez, that "defense" that is played in the big ten is only effective to teams that run power I and straight up the middle.  It won't be all that difficult for you to get around those slow defensive linemen...just don't go up the middle and you'll be fine. 

Since: May 28, 2011
Posted on: June 29, 2011 12:15 pm

Taylor Martinez says Pelini 'misunderstood'

Dear Mr. tjdj7,

We do???  I see some pretty out of hand scores much like that of the Big 12!  Come back from dream land soon!


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Since: Jun 27, 2011
Posted on: June 29, 2011 12:13 pm

Taylor Martinez says Pelini 'misunderstood'

He will be running for his life!

Since: Apr 12, 2007
Posted on: June 29, 2011 12:08 pm

Taylor Martinez says Pelini "misunderstood"

Dear Mr. Martinez,

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



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