Athlon Sports Names Adrian Martinez No. 1 Breakout QB For 2019

first_img Martinez had a solid debut for the Cornhuskers last year, but we think the sophomore goes from good to great and contends for a spot among the top 10 quarterbacks in college football this season. As a true freshman last fall, Martinez helped Nebraska finish 4-2 in its last six games and finished the year with 2,617 yards and 17 passing scores to eight picks. The California native completed a healthy percent (64.6) of his attempts, ranked second on the team with 629 rushing yards and eight scores and tied for third among Big Ten quarterbacks with 18 completions of 30 or more yards. Martinez will also benefit from a full offseason to develop under coach Scott Frost and is a big reason why Nebraska will contend for the Big Ten West Division title this year.If you believe in Adrian Martinez and Frost’s coaching ability, you have to think Nebraska can win the Big Ten West. It won’t be easy though.The Huskers will have to fend off Iowa, Wisconsin and others to do so. In fact, a case could be made for any of those three teams–plus Northwestern and Minnesota and maybe even Purdue-to emerge as the division champ.Nebraska will open its 2019 season against South Alabama on August 31. Adrian Martinez warms up for Nebraska.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 15: Quarterback Adrian Martinez #2 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers warms up before the game against the Troy Trojans at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Many pundits are expecting Nebraska to make a big jump in Year Two under Scott Frost. In order for that to happen, second-year quarterback Adrian Martinez will need to have an even bigger season than he did in 2018.Martinez was Frost’s prized recruit, pried away from Tennessee shortly after the former Nebraska legend was hired as head coach. Frost turned the reins over to the four-star prospect as a true freshman last fall, and he acquitted himself well.Athlon Sports is expecting major things from Martinez as a sophomore. The publication released its top 25 breakout quarterbacks for the 2019 season, and Martinez is in the No. 1 spot.Previously, Athlon had rated Martinez as the No. 9 overall QB in college football for this year.last_img