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’Friendly competition’ at quarterback, Martinez remains starter

Published: Oct. 1, 2020 at 12:44 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 1, 2020 at 4:18 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Nebraska offensive coordinator Matt Lubick says Adrian Martinez is the Huskers' top quarterback 23 days ahead of the team’s season opener. Martinez has the edge over redshirt freshman Luke McCaffrey, though Lubik says its a “friendly competition” between the two signal callers.

“Adrian is the starter as of today,” Lubick said. “Luke has done a great job... We feel good about both guys right now.”

Martinez and McCaffrey have both spent time on Nebraska’s first-string offense during fall camp. The Huskers began practicing in full pads on Wednesday.

Martinez is a two-year starting quarterback, who holds the school record for total offensive yards per game. In 2018, Martinez averaged 295.1 yards during a breakout freshman season. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound QB struggled as a sophomore, though. Martinez threw nine interceptions, while being slowed by an injury. He missed two games in 2019.

McCaffrey, meanwhile, wowed fans with his speed and playmaking ability. He appeared in four games last season, completing 9-of-12 passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns. McCaffrey also had a rushing score.

“Adrian has improved and he’s going to be a better football player this year,” Lubick said.

The first-year offensive coordinator adds that the Huskers have good depth at the quarterback position. Freshman Logan Smothers and Kearney Catholic graduate Matt Masker serve as back-up QBs for the Huskers.

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